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Peter Hodgson of recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. I’ve been checking out the new album [“Fortress”] and man, this one is heavy.

Tremonti: Yeah! It’s the fun one! Where did that come from? I mean, there are thrash elements here, for cryin’ out loud.

Tremonti: Well, when we got together to put the initial ideas together, me and Myles [Kennedy, vocals] kept in mind that we had to play these songs every night and we wanted to make the album entertaining to perform, so we made ’em all high-energy songs. And once we got about two thirds done with the record, we realized that if we didn’t put some dynamics in the record, no matter how heavy you make it, it’s not going to make it’s not going to be as good as a record. That’s when we switched gears. So you actually had a plan, rather than just all these heavy riffs coming together?

Tremonti: Me and Myles get together and we play each other all of our favourite ideas and we piece our ideas together to get a broad outline of what the record’s going to look like, and then we get together with Brian [Marshall] and Scott [Phillips] and piece together a closer arrangement. Once we had about 14 or 15 songs, we went into pre-production and that’s when we take our arrangements and challenge them as much as we can. We tore them apart many, many times to get them where they are now. We didn’t want people to be able to guess where the song was going. We wanted to catch them by surprise. I wanted to ask you about the arrangements because there’s some really intricate stuff here, and each time you listen you’ll hear different details.

Tremonti: A lot of it, especially in “Cry Of Achilles” or “Fortress” where we really threw everything we had at it, we’d just sit there throwing ideas back and forth: let’s change a time signature here, change a key here, completely change the vibe of the song here and try to get back on our feet in the next section. And a lot of the time, it gets frustrating because sometimes you think you’re onto something good, but you can’t get out of it and then you have to start over again. But we just didn’t want to rest on our laurels and think that our arrangements were fine. We wanted to put every effort into it, and we spent about three times longer on pre-production for this record than we ever spent on a record before. We go into the studio with a good picture of what we want, and then when we got to the preproduction that’s when we made what we wanted a little better.

Read the entire interview at


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Rockers debut “Blue Eyed Hexe” and “Green and Blues” in Los Angeles – watch them both here.

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It is no surprise that J’Nai keeps picking up more and more fans as the band certainly has won me over and I look forward to hearing some new material.

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Gojira are probably used to hearing one or two cover versions of their tracks, you might think.

But no one expects someone to perform Flying Whales using just hand-farts, do they?

So the looks of their faces won’t come as a surprise after they met metal photographer Guy First in a record shop, and he did just that.

Shh – keep it silent (and deadly) for this little treat, which took place during Gojira‘s first-ever visit to Israel…

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Philly’s Silly Billys

Tonight’s it’s officially Thrash Thursday on the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio! There’ll be interviews with Municipal Waste and Gama Bomb, tonight’s debut album comes from Montrose and we’ll be playing tunes from Testament, Sacred Reich, Death Angel and Nuclear Assault. Word of the day is mosh. That’s not really a surprise though.

Tune in from 9pm!

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“We’ve got a few big announcements coming soon,” stated drummer Chris Adler.

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“We’ve got a few big announcements coming soon,” stated drummer Chris Adler.

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Drummer Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD has posted the following update on his Facebook page:

“Things have been going really well on this [European] trip for us. The band is playing well and much of the hard work we have put in is being rewarded with great slots on the festivals we are doing and huge side shows in between.

“I feel very lucky to be a part of where we are right now and am enjoying it quite a bit.

“I’ve now heard the PROTEST THE HERO record and it’s fantastic! [Editor’s note: Adler recorded the drum tracks for the new PROTEST THE HERO CD.] I love listening to it and hope you all do as well.

“I’ve been asked many times on this tour that since I played drums on the record if I will be touring with them or would consider playing on other projects. I’m fairly sure my schedule won’t allow for me to properly join their band and tour. As much as I love the music, I love being with my family too! LOL. We shall see, as it’s not even something we have discussed.

“As for other projects, it’s hard to answer that. I was a fan of PROTEST THE HERO and jumped at the chance to step out of my box a little bit, push myself and explore my capabilities. It turned into quite a daunting task, but I’m much better off for it. I think I’d have to evaluate every opportunity in the same way. Obviously my main focus is LAMB OF GOD, it’s still my heart and soul and I’m loving being able to get out and share it with you.

“We’ve got a few big announcements coming soon regarding tours that will end the ‘Resolution’ cycle and a little surprise before the end of the year.

“Stay tuned — and stay metal!”

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That iconic style of Southern hardcore-laced sludge has finally made its way north of the border, and I do not mean the Mason-Dixon line. Toronto is a major global cultural center, so no surprise that they're in tune with what's going in every Dixie backwash throughout the Deep South. Nonetheless, it's always a bit eye …

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That's right! As if i weren't enough that Cult of Luna had released their album Vertikal early on in 2013, they've decided that there will be a second record, titled Vertikal II! Come on in for the details! According to the band's vocalist and guitarist, Johannes Persson, about the record: Vertikal II is the continuation of our …

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