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CLUTCH Releases Music Video For 'Ghoul Wrangler'

15 February 2019 - 11:25 AM

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have released a new video for their new single "Ghoul Wrangler", from their latest album, "Book Of Bad Decisions". The clip was shot in the Old Bedford Village in Pennsylvania and can be viewed below. Vinyl fans might remember the Ghoul Wrangler business card that was included in each 12-inch jacket. Many of those who called the number on the card left messages for the Ghoul Wrangler. Some of these messages have been used as teasers on CLUTCH's socials in the last couple of days. The phone line is still active. You never know what comes next. "JP wears pantaloons, Dan's got horns, and Tim throws up on my face," says frontman Neil Fallon. "I'm pretty sure we all deserve Academy Awards." CLUTCH will start its winter tour next week in support of "Book Of Bad Decisions". Support on the trek will come from BIG BUSINESS from Seattle, Washington and THE INSPECTOR CLUZO from Gascony, France. "Book Of Bad Decisions" was released in September. The record sold 26,000 copies in America during its first week of availability, giving the group its third consecutive Top 20 album on the Billboard 200. "Book Of Bad Decisions" was recorded was completed at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Vance Powell. The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.Fallon previously explained that the "Book Of Bad Decisions" title came "from a song on the album, which, to me, it's a pretty dark song. I was trying to write lyrics that were kind of like a Cormac McCarthy novel in about three and a half minutes," he said. "But anyone in their life does bad decisions, and you can look back and see the repercussions of that spread out like a pebble thrown into a pool. We've made bad decisions; we've also made really good ones. Thankfully, all of us are surrounded by good people that ride our wheelhouse when we get a little tipsy."

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KITTIE To Release 'Live At The London Music Hall' Concert Film

12 February 2019 - 09:47 PM

KITTIE will release a new concert film titled "Kittie: Live at The London Music Hall" on March 26. It features footage of the Canadian metal band's October 27, 2017 20th-anniversary hometown show at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario. The event, which also served as a screening of the long-in-the-making documentary "Kittie: Origins/Evolutions", saw KITTIE mainstays Morgan Lander (guitar, vocals) and Mercedes Lander (drums) take the stage with a number of their former bandmates to perform songs from the group's entire repertoire.In addition to Morgan and Mercedes, the musicans that took the stage that night included:* Ivy Vujic (bass)* Jennifer Arroyo (bass)* Jeff Phillips (guitar/bass)* Fallon Bowman (guitar/vocals)* Tanya Candler (bass)The the final song, "Funeral For Yesterday", was played unplugged and dedicated former KITTIE bassist Trish Doan, who died earlier in 2017. "I know we have people here from Germany and Australia, and all over," Morgan told the audience at the London show. "Tonight has been so special, and it really means so much to all of us. We have the best fans in the world."A trailer for "Kittie: Live at The London Music Hall" is available below.KITTIE was formed in 1996 by Mercedes and Morgan, lead guitarist Fallon Bowman and bassist Tanya Candler. Tanya left KITTIE soon after recording of its debut album, "Spit", which has sold more than 1.2 million copies. Bowman exited the group in 2001. Guitarist Tara McLeod and bass player Trish Doan joined the band in 2005. Although Doan left for health reasons in 2008, she returned three years later. Other musicians who have played with KITTIE during the years include Talena Atfield, Lisa Marx, Jennifer Arroyo and Ivana "Ivy" Vujic.The band has released five albums since "Spit": "Oracle" (2001), "Until The End" (2004), "Funeral For Yesterday" (2007), "In The Black" (2009) and "I've Failed You" (2011).

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MAX CAVALERA: 'I Really Don't Like Writing Lyrics'

12 February 2019 - 01:57 PM

SOULFLY guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera, who got his start fronting the legendary Brazilian thrash metal band SEPULTURA, has admitted to Heavy New York that he doesn't care much for the lyric-writing process. "I really don't like writing lyrics," he said (see video below). "It's totally a mandatory thing. It's like homework. For me, the fun part is riffs, and making the riffs is what I… that's my world. I'm born for that. And when it comes to lyrics, it's an agonizing process. And I know a lot of great stuff came out of it — really inspiring stuff for people, like [SEPULTURA's] 'Refuse/Resist' and [SOULFLY's] 'Eye For An Eye'. But it's not my favorite thing to do. When it's all put together, I like it; I enjoy it. When it clicks. Like, I was extremely happy when we finished the song 'Ritual' [the title track of SOULFLY's latest album], because, to me, 'Ritual' is the kind of song that I can put toe to toe with [SOULFLY's] 'Primitive' or 'Eye For An Eye' or [SEPULTURA's] 'Roots'. It's one of those. And then 'Dead Behind The Eyes', I put that toe to toe with [SEPULTURA's] 'Arise' or 'Beneath The Remains'. So it's definitely cool to see those songs come to life… But I'm not a big fan of writing lyrics — never been. I'm not much of a writing guy to start with. I don't write diaries. So it's kind of an unnatural thing. It's a bit mandatory, like homework, like you have to do it. The producer is like your teacher: 'C'mon, man. You've gotta do it.' But when you do it with somebody that cares, like ['Ritual' album producer] Josh [Wilbur], then it's cool. 'Cause we work on the words and change a lot of the stuff.""Ritual" was released in October via Nuclear Blast. Cover artwork for the follow-up to 2015's "Archangel" was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). Additional booklet art was handled by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, HATEBREED, KREATOR), who also handled the package design.SOULFLY's first tour in support of "Ritual" features support from KATAKLYSM, INCITE, CHAOSEUM, ALUKAH and SKINFLINT.

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PEARL JAM Named 'Record Store Day' 2019 Ambassador

12 February 2019 - 11:49 AM

PEARL JAM has been selected as the official Record Store Day ambassador for 2019.Record Store Day takes place on April 13 at independent record stores around the world.Guitarist Mike McCready said in a statement: "Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years old. Before I even really knew what they were, there was a certain feeling of 'this is a dream come true,' and it's a wonderland and there's so much to learn in here… and it's still that way."Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it helps people who work here and that's important, too. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people. I had to talk to people to figure out which AEROSMITH record to get first or anything back in the day. It's a place to learn. It's a place to have fun. And it's a place to discover new music."Previously Record Store Day ambassadors include METALLICA in 2016, Dave Grohl in 2015 and Ozzy Osbourne in 2011. Ever since 2008, Record Store Day has drawn attention to the 1,400 independent record stores operating in the U.S. and thousands more worldwide.

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12 February 2019 - 11:12 AM

Ron Jarzombek (BLOTTED SCIENCE, SPASTIC INK, WATCHTOWER) has just released two digital singles, "Frenetically Inconsistent Velocities Entwined" and "The Ink Panther"."Frenetically Inconsistent Velocities Entwined" (a.k.a. "FIVE") is the first of four songs that were initially written for the third BLOTTED SCIENCE CD. The song — featuring Ron Jarzombek on guitars and programming, and BLOTTED SCIENCE bandmate Alex Webster on bass — is a speed trip with eighths, triplets, sixteenths, quintuplets, triplet sixteenths, septuplets and thirty-seconds shifting inconsistently over half time, normal time and double time grooves, with a few blastbeats thrown in. The other three BLOTTED SCIENCE songs are near completion and will also be released as digital singles."The Ink Panther" is a remake of the Henry Mancini classic "The Pink Panther Theme". Says Ron: "Reminiscent of how SPASTIC INK took the themes and melodies from the movie 'Bambi' and twisted the rhythms around to compose 'A Wild Hare', on this song I took the triplet (swing, shuffle) feel of the original 'Pink Panther Theme' song, and redistributed the rhythms and melodies into sixteenth note patterns. Lots of the notes fall on the 'e' and 'a' beat divisions, resulting in a more syncopated feel, thus giving my remake the song title 'The Ink Panther'."This is the first of three songs that I'm working on that have word plays based on the names of my main recording projects over the years (SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE and WATCHTOWER). A Jimi Hendrix classic is up next."

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