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Linkin Park: game for it

Linkin Park have been locked in the studio working on a new studio album, and it looks like it’s packing a few surprises.

The band announced earlier this year that they were getting cracking on the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things, with Mike Shinoda recently suggesting that we might see it surface by the time they rock up to Download in June.

Now guitarist Brad Delson says that shred-happy LP warriors (erm, are there any of those?) will be very satisfied with the way the new opus is turning out.

“There’s a lot of guitar solos on the album!” he tells Music Radar. “And this is from someone who was quoted early on as saying I hated them. Not that I hated them as a listener; I just don’t want to play any; I shirked guitar solos. Early on, I felt as though the songs we were making aesthetically didn’t want them. This new batch of songs, to me, always want solos. I feel like every song has one.”

Brad also explained why the band decided to drop a new single so soon after announcing that they were in the studio, noting: “We wanted to get music out sooner than later. The timing just felt right with this song. We finished two songs relatively early in the process, and Guilty All The Same seems to inform the spirit of the record. For us, it’s the perfect lead offering to set the tone for the album as a whole.”

Expect that album to land around summer time. In the mean time, catch the rock heavyweights playing their seminal Hybrid Theory debut in full at Download in June.

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Singer Josh Todd of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY was interviewed by Terrie Carr for the latest edition of “Box Of Rock” on WDHA-FM 105.5 FM, the rock music station licensed to Dover and Morristown, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below.

BUCKCHERRY has completed work on a new EP that will follow up last year’s “Confessions” album. Todd revealed the news in an interview with PopCultureMadness.com, saying, “We just made an EP that we’re gonna be releasing in the spring that we’re really excited about. I don’t wanna give it away yet, but there’s definitely a theme to this EP, and if you’re a BUCKCHERRY fan, it’s a must-have. So it’s really cool, and probably one the funnest times I’ve had writing songs.”

Todd admitted that the band continues to make records despite the fact that CD sales across the board continue to decline. He explained, “The record will go away at some point, because it’s a single-driven market now. Everybody’s going on iTunes and they just buy the songs that they like — that’s it. They don’t buy records. I mean, you see it all the time now, even in pop music — (there’ll be) a big pop single, and they’ll sell millions of singles, and then the record drops and they sell, like, 15,000 units.”

BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wasn’t discouraged by CD sales. “I believe in the album as an artform,” he said. “I don’t think that putting two songs that are gonna be played on the radio and then a bunch of filler stuff — that’s not why we do this. But I have lost faith in the number of records sold as an indicator of success, because our audience is growing, our business is growing. Nothing has receded, except the actual number of physical records that are sold. So I don’t think that’s a true indication of our success.”

Todd said in his interview that BUCKCHERRY has to tour more than ever to make up for the lack of CD sales, revealing, “You’ve gotta be on the road if you wanna make a living at this. There’s no longer these days where you drop a single and sell millions of records and go out and tour for six months and then you can just chill and enjoy your life.”

BUCKCHERRY‘s sixth studio album, 2013’s “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.

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Digital Tour Bus, which gives fans “an all-access pass” to the tour buses that their favorite bands travel in, has posted its latest “Bus Invaders” episode, focusing on Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY. The four-minute clip, which was filmed February 12 in Joliet, Ilinois, can be seen below.

On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled “A Memory Construct”, which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the “Construct” sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased “A Memory Construct” and “Sorrows Architect”, previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine.

DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s tenth studio album, “Construct”, was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden.

DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song “Uniformity” on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

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Kirsti Heitz of MetalMasterKingdom.com conducted an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne of Swedish death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY on February 8 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled “A Memory Construct”, which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the “Construct” sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased “A Memory Construct” and “Sorrows Architect”, previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine.

DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s tenth studio album, “Construct”, was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden.

DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song “Uniformity” on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

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On September 24, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts from the chat follow.

On the next QUEENSRŸCHE video:

Scott: “A couple of weeks ago, we finished two brand new music videos for the new record. We went down to Los Angeles and shot the next two videos.

“The next single, I believe, is going to be ‘Spore’. And then the follow-up single after that is going to be ‘A World Without’.

“So what we did is we shot a 10-minute movie of the two songs put together, and it’s really great. It’s a full scripted storyline, there were actors in the videos, and it’s very conceptual. And we do appear in the video as well. But it was really fun and really different, because it’s like a movie.”

On parting ways with original singer Geoff Tate and replacing him with Todd La Torre:

Scott: “I’ve gotta be honest. We just didn’t know what to expect when we made the decision to move on last year. And Todd has been perfect; I mean, it’s absolutely just perfect. He sings so great our old, great songs. Listen, we hadn’t done ‘Queen Of The Reich’ in years, and Todd stepped in and he just sings it — he just does it — and it’s just perfect. I can’t even tell you how excited we are about what’s going on for us right now having him in the band.”

On whether the band felt any pressure to release a new studio album as quickly as possible to compete with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE:

Scott: “To be honest, we actually didn’t — we never felt any pressure to get a record out as fast as possible or to do anything to sacrifice the quality that we always had wanted to keep ourselves at. This record was a great example of that. Our focus was on just writing great songs and getting them to where we felt it was at the top of our game, so to speak, and we wanted to keep our level very high and challenge ourselves. And so we were gonna get the record done when the record was gonna be done.

“We were lucky, because the chemistry amongst the five of us now is so great that we just felt that we didn’t have any pressures — we knew we were gonna have a great record and feel really good about it. And I think the response is kind of the proof. The fans and the media have embraced the new record in such a high way; I mean, we’re getting almost 10-star reviews on this record all around the world. So for what that’s worth, I think that’s just the proof that we’ve done what our fans really had wanted us to be doing for a long time. I think they’re very happy that we’re back doing what we feel good about.

“We’ve been around for 30 years as a band, and we’ve made a lot of records, and some really great ones that I’m very proud of. I think this new record is a record that I’m proud of… It’s probably a record that I’m most proud for probably the last 20 years. So, for me, it’s really special and I feel really great about it. And we’re having a great time. We haven’t had a great time for a long time, to be honest; it hasn’t been very fun. I think this is now a turning point for us and we just feel really good. We’re energized and the fans are energized.”

On whether “Queensrÿche” signals a return to the band’s classic sound:

Scott: “I think so. I really do.

“In the last year that we started playing all these shows with Todd, our setlist is a lot of just our first five records — it’s all that great QUEENSRŸCHE classic stuff that we hadn’t played for a long time. And in doing that, I think that started to put us in kind of that mindset, that energy that we had back then, and the chemistry we had together. And so I think when we started making this new record, it was almost natural that we were kind of revisiting that feel for us. And I think this record does.

“I think, to me, if somebody asked me where I would place this record in our catalog in terms of time frame, I think this record fits right back in the days of, like, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Empire’ and ‘Promised Land’ — kind of like in the early Nineties when we were making those records. And I think this record feels like it’s very much a part of that era. And I’m proud of that. And a lot of our fans are telling us that as well.

“So I think that we did — we grabbed a lot of the great, old chemistry, and we made a record with that energy.”

Photos below from video shoot for “Spore” and “A World Without”.

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“If Not Here, Where?”, a brand new song from Finnish metallers AMORAL, can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s upcoming album “Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows”, which will be released in early 2014.

‘Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows’ is a concept album, and ‘If Not Here, Where?’ sits right in the middle of the album and the story, marking a turning point in the protagonist’s journey,” says Ben Varon, guitarist and main songwriter of AMORAL.

“We wanted the first taster to really represent the whole album. Also, ‘If Not Here, Where?’ being such a massive chunk of music, almost like two songs in one, it will take some time for listeners to digest it all, and hopefully this track will keep people occupied until we leak out another song.”

AMORAL‘s fifth album, “Beneath”, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 30. Released on October 26, 2011, the CD came equipped with a stunning 18-page poster booklet (made by Spanish artist Marta Nael), expanding the cover artwork into all its glory.

AMORAL is:

Ari Koivunen (RASKASTA JOULUA) – Vocals
Ben Varon (GREASE HELMET) – Guitar
Masi Hukari – Guitar
Pekka Johansson – Bass
Juhana Karlsson (SHEAR) – Drums

(Thanks: Fireangel of Night Elves)

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Video footage of Arizona’s EYES SET TO KILL performing a 28-minute set for EMGtv can be seen below.

Commented EYES SET TO KILL frontwoman Alexia Rodriguez: “We’re excited to debut some of our newer tunes from our brand new album, ‘Masks’, on EMGtv.

“We love to stay connected with our fans, so I feel like [by] broadcasting this performance online, those who haven’t yet been able to see us live can finally get that chance thanks to our friends at EMG.

“A lot of people have been asking about my tone off of our newest album, so now people will be able to hear that familiar EMG sound, raw and live!”

EYES SET TO KILL‘s fifth full-length album, “Masks”, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 161 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on September 17 in North America via Century Media Records, the CD was produced by Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SUICIDE SILENCE and SEPULTURA, among others.

In the time leading up to pre-production and the recording of “Masks”, EYES SET TO KILL decided instead of pandering or worrying about expectations, they would hunker down and demo two of their strongest new songs, the irresistibly “True Colors” and “Nothing Left To Say”. Both merged anthemic scope and jarring metallic elegance, making for some of the group’s catchiest fare and as a result, they joined forces with Century Media Records for their fifth studio album.

“Those two songs served as a blueprint for the entire record,” explained Alexia Rodriguez. “When we were writing, I didn’t try to do what everybody else does. We didn’t need to throw a ton of riffs into one song or get overly technical. I wanted to make music that was catchy.”

With that mindset, the group retreated to a Southern California studio with Evetts. In the process, Alexia evolved immensely as the band’s songwriter, and the band’s patented sound expanded. For the first time, Cisko Miranda added staggering screams and vocals, building the harmonies and everything became amplified from the heaviness to the hooks.

“Masks” track listing:

01. Masks
02. Killing In Your Name
03. Lost And Forgotten
04. Where I Want To Be
05. True Colors
06. Surface
07. Little Liar
08. Nothing Left to Say
09. The New Plague
10. Infected
11. Secrets Between
12. Haze
13. Forbidden Line

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METALLICA sat down for an interview and performed two songs — “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Master Of Puppets” — on Comedy Central‘s “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday (September 24). Check out video footage of their appearance below.

METALLICA is on the promotional trail for its new 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which opens this Friday (September 27) on IMAX screens before expanding to more theaters on October 4.

The Pulse Of Radio asked METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo — currently in his 10th year with the group — if he ever thought when he joined the band that he would end up being one of the stars and executive producers of a major motion picture. “Um, no, I never thought that,” he said. “Welcome to the world of METALLICA, you know. It’s an interesting journey. I mean, you jump into creative situations that you would never imagine, and it’s hard work. I mean, everything that we do is very exciting, but at the same time, it’s always a challenge.”

Prior to Tuesday’s appearance on “Colbert”, METALLICA played a gig on Saturday night (September 21) at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was asked by The Telegraph what the release of “Through The Never” — which combines concert footage with a fictional storyline that borders on the surreal — meant to the band’s careers.

The singer/guitarist replied, “What does it mean for our careers? We don’t care. We’ve never really cared, but at this point we really don’t. We’re artists, and we’re driving this train — we can drive it straight into the wall if we want to.”

With the movie getting mixed reviews, drummer Lars Ulrich said, “So far, everybody’s got a different opinion about it, which is great, because if there’s anything we love in this band, it’s ambiguity. We’re not trying to force some next-level message down your throat. Without sounding too artsy, the best art is handed to you to do with what you want.”

The film stars Dane DeHaan as a member of METALLICA‘s road crew who is sent on a mysterious mission while the band performs at a sold-out arena and events outside grow more bizarre.

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the movie.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on Tuesday. The two-disc CD will come out on METALLICA’s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

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– September 23rd, 2013 – Swedish rockers NOCTUM will release their Metal Blade Records debut Final Sacrifice October 29th.  Up until now there have only been two songs heard from these up and coming buzz worthy Swedes, but today the band is proud to present their first lyric video for the song “Temple of the Living Dead”.  The lyric video also includes live footage captured by Johan Bengtsson.  The video is receiving its exclusive premiere on RevolverMag.com the online home of Revolver Magazine and can be viewed HERE .

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To accompany the upcoming vinyl single “Gind A-Prins” and to give fans a sample of what is to come on the band’s next studio album, “Tau”, NEGURA BUNGET — the Romanian outfit that incorporates elements of black metal, progressive metal, folk metal and dark ambient — has released a music video for its new song “Curgerea Muntelui”.

States NEGURA BUNGET drummer Negru: “The images for the ‘Curgerea Muntelui’ video were filmed on various locations on Cerna and Retezat Mountains. Some studio photos were also used by the visual artist Daniel Dorobatu (who’s in charge for the whole visual content of NEGURA BUNGET‘s upcoming trilogy) to merge into a layered and geometrical exploration of the natural elements.”

“Gind A-Prins” was recorded at Negura Music studios, produced by NEGURA BUNGET and Mihai Neagoe “Mtz”, and features two tracks: “Taul Fara Fund” (Abysmal Mire) and “Curgerea Muntelui” (Of The Mountain’s Flow). The two songs set the tone for the band’s ambitious Transilvanian Trilogy, a concept about Transilvania spanning across three albums, each of them with an additional full-length movie and its respective soundtrack. “Tau”, the first part of this expansive project is scheduled for spring 2014, and while the song “Curgerea Muntelui” serves as a concrete teaser, the single features an exclusive version of it. “Taul Fara Fund” will only be featured on the single, and with its focus on ambient and world music, is a little hint at what we can expect from the soundtracks accompanying the movies.

The seven-inch vinyl single is limited to 500 copies and will be released by Prophecy Productions on October 4. The EP can be pre-ordered by emailing contact@negurabunget.com.

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