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Metal Injection recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now watch the chat below.

DREAM THEATER‘s new, self-titled album will be released on September 24 via Roadrunner Records. The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Petrucci stated about “Dream Theater”: “I think it’s building on [what we did on the “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album], but taking it to the next level. One of the things I really wanted to do on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ was to create something that was sonically very rich and high-def and powerful and I think we accomplished that. But on this album, I wanted to take that even further…. [I wanted to] get more cinematic with it and more earthy and aggressive and bigger. I wanted a bigger, more forward in-your-face kind of sound. I think that kind of dictated the sounds we went for while we were writing and recording and then ultimately how it was mixed. So yeah, it was kind of building on that, but taking it to the next level. You always need to progress and to try and do something different and kind of have a little bit different take on it and a different perspective. But hopefully make it better as you go.”

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini‘s work: “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

“Dream Theater” track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

Directed by Bill Fishman (RAMONES, STEVE RAY VAUGHAN), the strictly conceptual clip deals with the torment of a soldier who’s struggling with reintegrating into his life back home due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Regarding the song’s lyrics, John Petrucci told Billboard.com: “At the time that we were in the studio working on the [new DREAM THEATER] album and I was writing lyrics, the Boston Marathon bombings happened. There was a lot of discussion of terrorism and PTSD as if affects people who witness traumatic events like terrorism, so it was just very on my mind. It linked very well with the mood of the song, and as we started to get into it, I watched some documentaries and things like that. I was like, ‘This is really something that needs to be written about.'”

“Dream Theater” will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set.

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“The Enemy Inside” video:



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Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with guitarist Ken Hammer of Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

PRETTY MAIDS‘ latest album, “Motherland”, was released on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America via Frontiers Records.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)”, in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World” / “Red Hot And Heavy” era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins explained: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like ‘Future World’, we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became ‘Motherland’.”

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie said: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the ‘Pandemonium’ album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about ‘Motherland’. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than ‘Pandemonium’ and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow-up.”

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Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo. You can now watch the chat below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

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Metal Injection recently conducted an interview with SCAR THE MARTYR, the new band led by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. You can now watch the chat below.

The self-titled debut album from SCAR THE MARTYR will be released on October 1 via Roadrunner Records.

Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, SCAR THE MARTYR‘s CD was helmed by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits include FEAR FACTORY, ROB ZOMBIE, MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and more. The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (NINE INCH NAILS), as well as Simon and Norris, who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.

“Scar The Martyr” track listing:

01. Intro
02. Blood Host
03. My Retribution
04. Soul Disintegration
05. Cruel Ocean
06. Dark Ages
07. Sign Of The Omeneye
08. Anatomy Of Erinyes
09. Prayer For Prey
10. White Nights In A Day Room
11. Effigy Unborn
12. Never Forgive Never Forget
13. Mind’s Eye
14. Last Night On Earth

Bonus tracks:

01. Flatline & Fracture
02. Digging For Truth
03. Coat Of Arms
04. Complications

SCAR THE MARTYR filmed a music video to accompany the CD’s lead single, “Blood Host”, which can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

SCAR THE MARTYR is currently on the road as the support act for DANZIG on a North American tour which also includes performances by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and HUNTRESS. The trek kicked off August 9 at Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will wrap up on August 31 at Tempe, Arizona’s Marquee Theatre.

In addition to Jordison, SCAR THE MARTYR‘s lineup for the tour features singer Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).

“With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song,” says Jordison. “I wasn’t worried about flash or persona… It’s all about writing a good solid song. I’m writing music that people can grasp and hold on to…something that resonates. If you don’t have that, then you have nothing.”

“I’d been working on new SLIPKNOT material since the end of the ‘All Hope Is Gone’ tour cycle, but I ended up with so much stuff I had to take a step back and stop working on it,” he explained to Metal Hammer magazine. “The time wasn’t right. But I came up with a bunch of material that was really killer and heavy and started taking some of it in a different direction. I started focusing on a lot of the post-punk and industrial stuff that I’ve always loved and started putting super heavy and brutal guitars over the top of it. That’s how it started. It’s taken me a couple of years to get to this point, but I can honestly say this is the most satisfied I’ve ever been in the studio. I can’t wait for everyone to hear this shit.”

For a complete list of dates, visit ScarTheMartyr.com.





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Metal Sickness conducted an interview with Nico Santora, Eric Moore and Tim Williams of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on Aigust 4 at the Xtrem fest in Carmaux, France. 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 singer 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.”

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Metal Sickness conducted an interview with Nico Santora, Eric Moore and Tim Williams of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on Aigust 4 at the Xtrem fest in Carmaux, France. 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 singer 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.”

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Metal Storm recently conducted an interview with CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter. You can now watch the chat below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, singer Mark Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”

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Metal Rules! TV recently conducted an interview with Swedish extreme metal legend Johan Liiva (ARCH ENEMY, FURBOWL, CARNAGE, NONEXIST).

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Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with bassist Pär Sundström of Swedish metallers SABATON at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany.

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Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with bassist Paolo Gregoletto of Florida metallers TRIVIUM at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany.

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