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The hype for the new Sepultura album, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart has been the most I've heard in a while about the Brazilian thrashers. Perhaps it has to do with them reuniting with Ross Robison, who produced Roots, or perhaps having Dave Lombardo guest on the record had something …

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According to a posting on the official Instagram account of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA), DOWN is back in “writing mode” at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, for an EP that is tentatively due in early 2014.

In a recent interview with Natalie’s World, Anselmo stated about DOWN‘s recording plans: “We just wrapped up our touring for the ‘Purple’ EP, and actually, we already have a lot of ammunition for the next EP in the works. And I think we start heads-down work on that sucker in November. So I’m looking forward to that. And really, I think in November we can knock it out, and I think it’s not too far-fetched to think that the next EP would be coming out within the first three months of 2014.”

Released last September, “Down IV Part I – The Purple EP” was DOWN‘s first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band’s sound.

“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP”, which heralds the sound of DOWN going back to its roots, with influences from BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS and WITCHFINDER GENERAL, was released on purple vinyl on February 26.

“Down IV Part I” sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Live Metal recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Live Metal: We’re obviously here to talk about the new [SOULFLY] album, “Savages”, which is due out Oct. 1, 2013. My first question is, what does “Savages” refer to? Are these savages of the past, present, or our society as a whole?

Max Cavalera: It’s pretty much mostly about right now and the state of the world. We claim to be sophisticated, and with the Internet and computers, but we’re still decapitating each other, chemical-gassing people — it’s just (savagery). I think the human spirit is still very much a savage, so that’s why I thought the name would be cool. I think (savages) is a cool word, a simple word, but it works with the album cover, with the big skull. And we love the stuff that’s going to go inside with the record. The lyrics — stuff like “Cannibal Holocaust” and “El Comegente”, that deals with serial killers and cannibal people. I think all together it really works on the level and the whole savagery idea for the whole record.

Live Metal: Obviously, you have been a part of so many influential and just classic metal records, again, going back to the SEPULTURA days, and even for those guys, too, it almost set the standard for everything you guys have done since. Now is this pressure that you feel going into each and every album trying to live up to the past SEPULTURA and SOULFLY albums, and to fans expectations?

Max Cavalera: A little bit. There’s always a little bit of pressure, but I work good with pressure. I think it’s motivation. And it’s always a challenge making a new record. I just gotta follow my heart really on an album and don’t even pay attention about what people are gonna say. You now, a lot of people didn’t like “Roots” when it first came out. There was a lot of negative reaction. And now it’s a classic record. Now people praise the album. So you let the time do the talking. I think time fixes everything. And to me, the way I feel about records is, if the record’s good and powerful, I’m good with it. And that’s how I feel about “Roots”, and that’s how I feel about “Savages”. It’s a powerful record done from the heart and exactly what I wanted the record to sound like. And 10 years from now, we’ll see where that record will be in people’s minds. But I think it will remembered great.

Live Metal: What’s the status of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY? Are we gonna hear any more of that in the future from you and (your brother) Igor (Cavalera)?

Max Cavalera: Yeah, we’re making another record next year — all grindcore. I wanna do a grindcore record with that.

Live Metal: A grindcore record?

Max Cavalera: Yeah. (laughs)

Live Metal: Seriously?

Max Cavalera: Yeah, I think it would be really cool. People haven’t heard that from me yet, and I think people will be surprised. I love that kind of stuff — (bands like) WORMROT, NAILS and PULLING TEETH. Just super-heavy with like one-minute songs and kind of old NAPALM DEATH style. I think Igor is going to go for it, man. I think we’re going to pull it out. And then we’ll really shock the world with that.

Live Metal: That sounds very cool, very interesting.

Max Cavalera: It’s always good to do something new, something exciting. I thought of the grindcore idea when I was going through my music collection, and I thought, “I’ve never done a grindcore album. OK, well maybe it’s time to do one? OK, let’s do it with CAVALERA (CONSPIRACY) … OK, let’s do it.”

Live Metal: I’m not trying to put you on the spot here or anything, but with the new SEPULTURA album coming out with Ross Robinson as producer, I’m very interested to hear that. He, of course, did the “Roots” album and the first SOULFLY record, so I think I have good expectations for this thing coming out. Are you interested to hear their new album — or have you heard any of it — and what are your thoughts of them getting back together with Ross Robinson?

Max Cavalera: Ross hasn’t done anything good in a long time. He had spent the last 10 years without anything except Vanilla Ice or some shit like that, which I was like totally disappointed, you know? It’s like, “What is he doing? What the hell is he doing recording with Vanilla Ice, man?” You know, … that’s not cool. I don’t know. I don’t really care for SEPULTURA. To me, I kind of don’t care what they do. It’s kind of a hard topic because I created the band and still consider that part of my life. And it’s really hard to deal with the fact that they continue with the name without me — without any Cavalera. After my brother left, it was even more hard for me to look at them seriously. There’s nobody original in the band. It’s like if MEGADETH was playing without Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, it would be like, “Why are they still calling it MEGADETH?” That’s how I look at SEPULTURA, and I think a lot of fans share the same opinion. I talk to a lot of fans, and they don’t take them seriously either. You know, I don’t know, maybe Ross can get something out of them, but nobody else could. But I really don’t care what they do. It’s not important for me. I got all my life, my work, my projects, and that’s what I care about. I’ve been in SOULFLY now longer than I was in SEPULTURA, and I love SOULFLY and I love what SOULFLY has created. And I’m very busy here, so I don’t really give a fuck about what those guys do.

Read the entire interview at Live Metal.

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Here is the first official studio trailer from Sepultura for their new album, produced by Ross Robison, who also worked on their seminal album Roots. Sepultura's new record, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is set for European release on October 25th and in North America on October 29th via Nuclear Blast.

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We Came As Romans have a new album out later this month. Go get it.

We Came As Romans have unleashed the official video for brand new banger Fade Away! The track is taken from the metalcore mavericks’ new studio album, Tracing Back Roots, out now via Nuclear Blast.

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Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has been working on a new solo album that he promises will return to his heavier roots.

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FestivalBlog.be recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

FestivalBlog.be: So about “Imaginaerum”, how do you compare it to previous albums?

Tuomas: Well, it’s special in a way that it included the movie. We kinda went for the movie first into the project, that was the main thing of the release. The album is kind of a soundtrack to the film, so that was really special. It is the most theatrical, most orchestral album that we have ever done, it felt like the right thing to do at the time. I don’t really know what we’re going to do next. I have a gut feeling that it is going to be something a bit more simple, a bit back in time.

FestivalBlog.be: So a bit back to the roots.

Tuomas: Yeah, a bit more like a band album, because we have kinda searched this orchestral, really varied spectrum to its maximum now; that’s how I feel. But maybe, you never know how the mind works… But I have three new songs done already, it’s again something a bit different.

FestivalBlog.be: Did you write those songs during the tour?

Tuomas: During the past month I’d say. Whenever I go back home I just write stuff and I have three new songs now.

FestivalBlog.be: What are the plans for the near future for NIGHTWISH?

Tuomas: Well, we all have our side projects. I have this solo album about Scrooge McDuck coming up, so the next two months I’m going to be busy with that one. Floor [Jansen, vocals] is going to go on with REVAMP, Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] is going to do his own projects, Emppu [Vuorinen, guitar] has BROTHER FIRETRIBE. Maybe take some time off, spend time with the family. I’m going to have a little vacation in New Zealand next spring. So all this kinda stuff is going to load the batteries to write songs and be ready for next summer. The first of July, we will enter the rehearsal room.

FestivalBlog.be: From what I’ve heard, there are still no plans to officially continue with Floor as vocalist. Do you have any comment on this or can you tell me something about that?

Tuomas: Yeah, well… The thing is that we haven’t really thought about it in a concrete way, because there is no need to… It’s been such a mess once again, I feel I need a month or two just to not think about the vocal issue at all. Then by the end of this year, we have to make some decisions. But everyone realizes that she is on top of the list, naturally. But I don’t want to do anything official, I don’t want to make this decision just yet.

FestivalBlog.be: Of course, I understand.

Tuomas: But she’s incredible. I have nothing bad to say about her.

FestivalBlog.be: The music business has changed a lot in the recent years. Digital downloads, the rise of vinyl, social media, … How do you experience this?

Tuomas: I’m not an expert on the issue, but I realize that something needs to be done because the trend is what it is. And the fact is that people will never stop listening to music, they want to have music but if that trend goes as it goes, we don’t have the resources of doing these kind of albums anymore because the record sales have just dropped phenomenally bad.

FestivalBlog.be: In comparison to the past?

Tuomas: Exactly, for like ten years ago. I mean, I feel that there are more people at our shows than ever before, but still “Imaginaerum” sold about half of “Dark Passion Play”. But that’s how it goes these days; it’s the same for all the bands. We have to concentrate on the digital downloads and this side of music business, because there is no fighting back, you just have to adapt. You have to find ways of making that, so that you can profit from that as well. If we don’t get anything back, we don’t get to do albums; [that's] a plain fact. So we have to work some ways, but it’s a good thing we have those big boys over there who know more.

Read the entire interview at FestivalBlog.be.

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FestivalBlog.be recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

FestivalBlog.be: So about “Imaginaerum”, how do you compare it to previous albums?

Tuomas: Well, it’s special in a way that it included the movie. We kinda went for the movie first into the project, that was the main thing of the release. The album is kind of a soundtrack to the film, so that was really special. It is the most theatrical, most orchestral album that we have ever done, it felt like the right thing to do at the time. I don’t really know what we’re going to do next. I have a gut feeling that it is going to be something a bit more simple, a bit back in time.

FestivalBlog.be: So a bit back to the roots.

Tuomas: Yeah, a bit more like a band album, because we have kinda searched this orchestral, really varied spectrum to its maximum now; that’s how I feel. But maybe, you never know how the mind works… But I have three new songs done already, it’s again something a bit different.

FestivalBlog.be: Did you write those songs during the tour?

Tuomas: During the past month I’d say. Whenever I go back home I just write stuff and I have three new songs now.

FestivalBlog.be: What are the plans for the near future for NIGHTWISH?

Tuomas: Well, we all have our side projects. I have this solo album about Scrooge McDuck coming up, so the next two months I’m going to be busy with that one. Floor [Jansen, vocals] is going to go on with REVAMP, Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] is going to do his own projects, Emppu [Vuorinen, guitar] has BROTHER FIRETRIBE. Maybe take some time off, spend time with the family. I’m going to have a little vacation in New Zealand next spring. So all this kinda stuff is going to load the batteries to write songs and be ready for next summer. The first of July, we will enter the rehearsal room.

FestivalBlog.be: From what I’ve heard, there are still no plans to officially continue with Floor as vocalist. Do you have any comment on this or can you tell me something about that?

Tuomas: Yeah, well… The thing is that we haven’t really thought about it in a concrete way, because there is no need to… It’s been such a mess once again, I feel I need a month or two just to not think about the vocal issue at all. Then by the end of this year, we have to make some decisions. But everyone realizes that she is on top of the list, naturally. But I don’t want to do anything official, I don’t want to make this decision just yet.

FestivalBlog.be: Of course, I understand.

Tuomas: But she’s incredible. I have nothing bad to say about her.

FestivalBlog.be: The music business has changed a lot in the recent years. Digital downloads, the rise of vinyl, social media, … How do you experience this?

Tuomas: I’m not an expert on the issue, but I realize that something needs to be done because the trend is what it is. And the fact is that people will never stop listening to music, they want to have music but if that trend goes as it goes, we don’t have the resources of doing these kind of albums anymore because the record sales have just dropped phenomenally bad.

FestivalBlog.be: In comparison to the past?

Tuomas: Exactly, for like ten years ago. I mean, I feel that there are more people at our shows than ever before, but still “Imaginaerum” sold about half of “Dark Passion Play”. But that’s how it goes these days; it’s the same for all the bands. We have to concentrate on the digital downloads and this side of music business, because there is no fighting back, you just have to adapt. You have to find ways of making that, so that you can profit from that as well. If we don’t get anything back, we don’t get to do albums; [that's] a plain fact. So we have to work some ways, but it’s a good thing we have those big boys over there who know more.

Read the entire interview at FestivalBlog.be.

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We Came As Romans have a new album out later this month. Go get it.

High fives are in order for We Came As Romans, whose ace new album Tracing Back Roots entered into the US Billboard Chart at Number 8 and Number 1 in the Billboard Rock Chart! Well played, lads.

You can grab the album for yourself right now, out via Nuclear Blast.

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Swedish black metallers Watain are set to release their new album, “The Wild Hunt,” on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media Records. Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik (Sweden), “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores Watain’s roots

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