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Nick Krewen of GRAMMY.com recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GRAMMY.com: Congratulations on venturing into film with your own company, Slasher Films. Has this been a lifelong ambition?

Slash: No. It came out of nowhere, and the only way I can put it is that I had absolutely no aspirations to be a movie producer, but [I’ve loved] horror movies ever since I can remember and I had a very rare conversation [with another producer] where I got to express and vent my passion for horror movies — what I think is wrong with the new ones and what I think is great with the old ones. It was, from the ground up, developing this particular script and getting it to where we wanted it, and then going and casting and getting the director and meeting all these distributors … and announcing Slasher [Films] as an entity. It was really an interesting and tough struggle to get the money [for] an indie kind of thing, and it was fun.

GRAMMY.com: After this first experience, are you hungry to do it again?

Slash: Yeah, I’m looking for scripts now, trying to find that story or script that has the right elements that I can sink my teeth into and say, “This will make a great Slasher film.” A lot of people are sending me stuff now and it’s all roughly predictable. So I’m definitely looking for something different and I want a memorable sort of villain — something you could make a Halloween costume out of — something with a personality. And we have to have good actors. I want to concentrate on spending money on actors as opposed to CGI or any other of the expensive elements of making a movie.

GRAMMY.com: You’ve collaborated with an amazingly diverse group of artists — from Michael Jackson and Carole King to Iggy Pop and Fergie. Has there been anyone who has eluded you?

Slash: Well, Stevie Wonder and I have mentioned playing together a handful of times, and we still have never done it. That’s the only one that comes to mind. The rest of them — there’s not any forethought. It’s something where you meet in the lobby of a hotel or you’re at a function, or something, and maybe you’re introduced. And you naturally get to talking music, and you think you might wanna jam sometime, and that’s how those things really are born. The only time I’ve had to put some forethought into working with other musicians was when I was putting together my [2010] solo record [“Slash”] with all the different singers. That was really the first time where I had to reach out to set musicians to be able to work with them. Other than that, it’s really a spontaneous thing.

Read the entire interview at GRAMMY.com.

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to Highway 81 Revisited about how he plans the setlist and the look for each tour.

“It’s so funny because it’s almost the hardest thing when you’re trying to please all the fans is trying to do something that everyone wants,” he said. “Of course we’re going to do all the hits, but then I get e-mails going, ‘How come you didn’t do this?’ and, ‘How come you didn’t do that?’ Everybody has their own favorite songs for their deeper cuts. So we’re going to do 28 songs. That’s one of the hardest parts of doing a show: What songs are we gonna put in? Once you get them in there, the easy part for me is staging it.”

He continued: “This show that you’re going to see this time is totally different from the show that you saw last time. That’s kind of the fun part for me, putting the new show together, and let’s see what we’re going to do this time to surprise the audience.

“I think one of the most important parts of this show is that the band is so good. The band is the best band I’ve ever had. The reviews every time are ‘this band is unbelievable.’ Orianthi on guitar, Ryan Roxie on guitar, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, Glen Sobel on drums, Chuck Garric on bass and me. And then, of course, extras. But this band gets great reviews every single night. It’s easy for me when I get a band that just takes my songs and really rips ’em.”

Asked what he wants people to say when they walk out of the venue, Alice said: “I think they come in with the pre-thinking of, ‘Well, this a legendary, mythical character,’ and ‘He must be 65, so this must be Alice walking through this and kinda doing his hits and talking to us.’ They get just the opposite. We do all the hits, but it’s the highest-energy show they’re gonna see all year. And Alice is more of a villain now than he’s ever been. He’s more pronounced than he’s ever been. Then they’re wondering, ‘How did I get confetti in my hair? Why do I have stage blood on me? Look, I caught a necklace, I caught a cane, I caught a riding crop.’ Everyone goes home with souvenirs that get thrown from the stage to the audience. So it’s a huge party. When they walk away, they go, ‘That was the most fun show I’ve seen all year.'”

Read the entire interview at Highway 81 Revisited.

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TheToneKing.com’s Metal Marion recently spoke to MARILYN MANSON guitarist Twiggy Ramirez (real name: Jeordie White) about the band’s latest album, “Born Villain”, future projects, lost tattoos and inspiration.

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Texas-based metalcore outfit Sixgun Serenade has released a new music video for “Fortunate Vessels” off the band’s recently released “Avenue of the Giants” full-length album. Check it out below, and the band comments: “This high production value project shot on the Red Epic M by Emmy-Nominated Production and Visual Effects Team 3rd Identity is sure to turn the metal world upside down with its use of heavy artillery including machine guns, fighter jets, black hawk helicopters, explosions, stunts, visual effects, and a barely clad Maxim ‘Hometown Hotties’ finalist playing the lead villain

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The official lyric video for the song “To The Villain” from Turkish metallers PITCH BLACK PROCESS can be seen below.

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Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie chat to Metal Hammer in our humdinger of a current issue, and because we like to spoil you, we’ve got some snippets from our Brian below…

“People say, ‘Are you a Nazi?’ C’mon, I wear lipstick. The thing is, swastikas look exciting. Not what they symbolise, but the red, black and white. Same as Walt Disney. Same colours. It’s the primary colours of alchemy, it always works. Black hair, white face, red lipstick, it’s why we chase around girls like Betty Page our whole lives.”

“It’s what the mind is conditioned for. You hear the high-pitched strings in a horror film, and you get scared. And when you see certain things on a stage or hear a certain sound, it makes people think a certain way. It’s pavlovian.”

“Right now, I feel like I’m working on my comeback. Born Villain is my comeback record. There were times in the past when I lost track of what I was supposed to do with all this information in my head. I felt frustrated and didn’t want to work on music because I’d make things and I’d turn them into the profiteers, the record label, Interscope or whoever, and they would do something with it that was not only not as smart as what I’d do, they diluted it.”

Read more in our current issue, OUT NOW ALRIGHTY?

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“Slo-mo-tion” is the second music video released from Marilyn Manson most recent album “Born Villain”.

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Marilyn Manson may not be grabbing headlines on firesale like he used to, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still put out some groovy cool music.  Like him or not, the man is focused, creatively-speaking.  If anything, Manson’s affinity for David Bowie goes full tilt on his latest release, Born Villain and that’s not a rip.  It’s an affirmative nod that Manson still has something to entice us with when frankly, his marquee factor was burned up well before he released 2009’s The High End of Low.

With a stripped mojo, heavier gears in place and a backup band you might as well refer to as industrial diamond dogs, Born Villain kicks and struts instead of flogs and shocks.  Antichrist Superstar and Holy Wood are yesterday and Manson has the saviness to understand and accept it.  “The Beautiful People” remains his legacy tune, but for all of his high profile touring alongside Slayer and now Rob Zombie, his drawing power has been reliant upon something bigger than he is.  That’s become slightly out of fashion now, which has left Marilyn Manson as an artist in a quandry.  Fortunately, he had the smarts to reinvent his sound and put on some high riding kicks for Born Villain.

“No Reflection” is straight out of Bowie’s fantabulous flame-on glam years, as is much of Manson’s latest venture.  “No Reflection” catches a groove and it’s one of the tightest vibes he’s pushed unto his audience.  Better yet is the subsequent “Pistol Whipped,” one the sexiest and nastiest cuts of the album.  Sexy is hardly a word anyone outside of the Goth underground would care to attribute to Marilyn Manson’s music, but “Pistol Whipped’s” raunchy verve and slinking drum whacks in the chorus are undeniably Bowie and undeniably infectious for Manson’s electro-pumping purposes.  A new jam thus emerges for the pole dance.

Even “Overneath the Path of Misery” treads into Bowie territory, albeit the Low and Scary Monsters eras and this allows Manson to embrace his tortured id once more.  Both gnarled and gnarly in its brackish cadence, there’s a panting sweatiness to “Overneath the Path of Misery” that makes the most of its arcane inhibitations and Manson and his posse punches it out with a mean stamp.  “Slo-Mo-Tion,” on the other hand, is a single, grinding embodiment of Bowie’s career up through Let’s Dance. If Manson was validated for taking wild glam turns on his Mechanical Animals album, “Slo-Mo-Tion” is the album’s honor-graduating antecedent.  Dirty, sleazy and wallowing, Manson pulls it off because he’s such an apt pupil of Bowie and seventies glam rock he makes the ethos his own for the here and now. 

While Bowie continues to influence Manson on “The Gardener,” there’s also a Love and Rockets/Daniel Ash sway guiding the song’s rhythmtic slide.  Alternative rock and loud fuzz rock intermingle perfectly on “The Gardener” and it’s almost unfathomable Manson had this in him if you were to gauge his full frontal heyday years.  His id still has a perpetual boner, but “The Gardener” proves Marilyn Manson can use it to glide instead of skull fuck.

Born Villain does get heavier and sometimes weirder through the remainder of the album, culminating forcefully on the sardonic “Murderers Are Getting Prettier All the Time,” by far the fiercest track of the album.  Even Al Jourgensen and Ministry ought to approve of this one.  Interestingly, the title track slips into a classic rock jive as interpreted through industrial modes following a creepy acoustic intro.  Perhaps this is Manson at his most haunted, which means he isn’t fully ready to release his demons, but then, why should he?  Too much of a commandeering to the other side would spell his inevitable demise from the scene.

Whether or not the public buys into Born Villain remains to be seen, but if it does, there’s no denying they’ll be well-entertained.  Even Manson’s nonsensical cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” fits this album’s devil-glam motif in such a snarky way you have to tip a charbroiled top hat to him.  This album is precisely the tuneful, slithering vehicle Marilyn Manson needed to stay relevant without selling out.  Some listeners may need adjustment to the two-step shuffling Manson dishes out on Born Villain, but if he can compromise with a confident poise and still maintain his eerie alter ego, then more of this, if you please, Mr. Manson…

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Marilyn Manson: Peacock

Marilyn Manson has spoken about ace new album ‘Born Villain’ in the first of a series of new video interviews!

Check it out below…

Manson has some big words for his critics and, indeed, his own recent run of form, in the amazing new issue of Metal Hammer – on sale now! Check out some snippets from the feature and order your issue below…

On His Somewhat Dodgy Recent Albums

“I think the last two records were a period that had to happen, even if I didn’t want them to. If you sit and read what everyone says about you, there can come a time where you let it get to you and start to second guess who you are. I was on a roll and satisfied with my music and my shows and it just seemed to go wayward after that.”

On Making A ‘Comeback’

“It takes a lot to humble yourself and admit that you’re making a comeback, but that’s what it has to be described as when you’ve gone through a period where you’ve not been everything you’ve supposed to be. Not ‘I’m not what I’m supposed to be’, because I don’t want to retrace the past, more ‘I’m not what I need to be’.

On Dating Actresses

“If you want to stay out of the tabloids, don’t fuck actresses.”

Fair enough. Read more in the amazing new issue of metal Hammer – also featuring Slayer, Slipknot, Slash, Children Of Bodom, a free CD and much, much more!

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MARILYN MANSON’s long-awaited new album, “Born Villain”, sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No.

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