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SHINEDOWN Singer: 'We're Never Gonna Phone An Album In'

14 December 2018 - 06:00 PM

Brent Smith has told "The Morning Blaze" in a new interview that SHINEDOWN never approaches the making of its albums with the intention of topping its previous releases. "We try not to compare anything and put it in the idea of, 'I need to beat the last record that we did,'" the singer said. "The way that we look at is we're never gonna phone an album in, just like we're never gonna phone in writing a song. But the fact of the matter is we don't wanna write the same record over and over again, and we definitely don't write the same song over and over again. So I think, for us, it's more about looking at where we are at the time and deciding what direction we need to go in."He continued: "One of the things we did differently on [SHINEDOWN's latest album, 'Attention Attention'] was we didn't even consider any other producers. We've had some great teachers over the years — male and female — but it was time for us to do it ourselves. So we did the album in-house. And Eric Bass, who is our bass player, who is way more than just a bass player, he took the reins and he took the position. A lot of people may not know this, but Eric is the producer of 'Attention Attention'. He also is the main engineer of the record and he mixed the album. "We had been getting closer and closer to being able to really look at the big picture here and let him do the entire record," Brent added. "'Cause he's actually done other songs that… 'Cause he is the producer and he engineered the song 'Diamond Eyes'; he was also a songwriter on that. He engineered and he produced the song 'Cut The Cord', which was the first single off of 'Threat To Survival'. And he's done a number of other songs in a single mentality. But it was time for him to take on an entire record, and he was the right guy for the job. He had a good quote about it too… He said, 'I'd rather go crazy making it myself rather than watch someone else go crazy trying to make it.'""Attention Attention", SHINEDOWN's sixth studio album, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart back in May. The follow-up to 2015's "Threat To Survival" tells the story of a character who starts out defeated and slowly overcomes pain and personal struggles and becomes confident at the end. The album also lyrically touches upon Smith's former drug addiction and Bass's depression.SHINEDOWN will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in February. Support on the trek will come from PAPA ROACH and ASKING ALEXANDRIA.Photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine

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OVERKILL: Lyric Video For New Song 'Last Man Standing'

14 December 2018 - 10:12 AM

The official lyric video for the song "Last Man Standing" from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's 19th studio album, "The Wings Of War", which will be released on February 22, 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Gear Recording Studio in New Jersey, SKH Studio in Florida and Jrod Productions with engineering handled by bassist D.D. Verni and guitarist Dave Linsk. The album was produced by the band while Chris "Zeuss" Harris took care of the mixing and mastering. Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH) was again enlisted to create the artwork for the album."The Wings Of War" marks OVERKILL's recording debut with drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), who joined the band last year.Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth comments: "The time has come for a first taste, 'Last Man Standing'. This cut got the unanimous nod to open 'The Wings Of War', all the way back to the first demos in March, so much so it was mock-titled 'Opener' up until the recording. Sometimes everyone is on the same page, WTF! So dig into some old-school thrash with a side order of Jersey made, headbanging.""The Wings Of War" track listing:01. Last Man Standing02. Believe In The Fight03. Head Of A Pin04. Bat Shit Crazy05. Distortion06. A Mother's Prayer07. Welcome To The Garden State08. Where Few Dare To Walk09. Out On The Road-Kill10. Hole In My SoulEllsworth said: "It was a blast making 'The Wings Of War'! It is something old feeling new again, as our chemistry was altered by the addition of Jason Bittner. I was curious from the get-go, how would it pan out? I think what we accomplished here is a new, upgraded OVERKILL that embraced the new chemistry, while taking our roots into the present. The new formula produced not only more raw power, but more places to go with melody, a win, win. The key is being not only interested in the change, but part of it. I'll tell you what, it's still fun as hell making OVERKILL records.Earlier this year, Ellsworth told Brian Aberback of Patch.com about the musical direction of OVERKILL's new material: "What I notice about it is that there are parts of it that delve into really classic heavy metal that are spawned off the riff. There's kind of a brutal metal riff and then there's a heavy metal riff. The brutal riff being more in the modern sense of OVERKILL but the classic riff goes back into the feel of 'Feel The Fire', 'Taking Over', 'The Years Of Decay' kind of influence."I think what we're doing is staying with that classic riff but adding the brutality after," he continued. "So it has the vibe of classic heavy metal with that spawned aggression off of it. Obviously, we're not going to be progressive or off the tracks with where we're going. It's OVERKILL. But the internal end of that is really exciting because we notice every little different nuance in it."Asked what Jason has brought to the band, Ellsworth said: "He's put a lot of work into the album and his excitement has spread to all of us. He's the first person in this band who's deeply, technically trained. That's one of the most exciting things about this project. This guy is pretty close to a virtuoso when hitting the skins."OVERKILL released the "Live In Overhausen" DVD and Blu-Ray on May 18 via Nuclear Blast. The set was recorded more than two years ago in Oberhausen, Germany, where OVERKILL celebrated the 25th anniversary of "Horrorscope" and 30th anniversary of "Feel The Fire" by performing both albums in their entirety.OVERKILL is:Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - VocalsD.D. Verni - BassDave Linsk - Lead GuitarDerek Tailer - Rhythm GuitarJason Bittner - Drums


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SEPULTURA-Branded Red And White Wine To Be Launched This Month

14 December 2018 - 09:46 AM

Groove, power and fire — these are all qualities that Brazilian/American thrash metal veterans SEPULTURA have been adding to their music since they first started out. Gourmets already know that these are elements that a good wine needs as well. As pioneers of the scene, the members of SEPULTURA have been active for over three decades, but now they're also putting their skills and knowledge into two great wines. Together with MusiConsult, the business management of the band, Portuguese wine producers Roquevale and Dutch importers Drankgigant, they have created a full-bodied, powerful red wine and a pleasant and playful white wine, which are going to dance on the tongues of every wine enthusiast. But whoever thinks that this is just another gimmick by a legend... they couldn't be more wrong! SEPULTURA not only emphasises quality in its music and the finer details, but has also ensured the best grapes for their wine. They've been aged in the Region Alentejo, a Portuguese vineyard that is well-known for its hot temperatures and low settlement. Also, in terms of production, they don't do things by half — handcraft is the key. The wine isn't only an eye-catcher, but also a must-taste and completely unique. And of course, only organic ingredients have been used and no chemicals! The first very first gourmets had the chance to experience the wines at Rock in Rio Lisboa as both were available for a debut tasting. Now you will also have the chance to do so: on December 20, an official release party will take place at Amsterdam's BR20, the bar of SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr.SEPULTURA is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Machine Messiah", which was released in January 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

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Video Premiere: MALEVOLENT CREATION's 'Decimated'

14 December 2018 - 09:33 AM

The Guilherme Henriques-created video for "Decimated", a brand new song from Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The 13th Beast", which will be released on January 18, 2019 via Century Media."The 13th Beast" introduces a new lineup consisting of Phil Cincilla (drums), Josh Gibbs (bass), Phil Fasciana (guitar) and vocalist/guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger (THRONE OF NAILS, IMPERIAL EMPIRE).Wollenschlaeger states: "'Decimated' encapsulates the feeling of 'The 13th Beast' in the best way possible: fast, aggressive and relentless. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do. See you on the road soon!""No one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION" is a legendary line by the late, great Bret Hoffmann, who passed away on July 7, 2018. Renowned and revered for his vicious vocal style and unique onstage presence, Hoffmann is impossible to replace, but co-founder Phil Fasciana decided to face the challenge and affirm the truth behind this lyric from the group's 1991 debut "The Ten Commandments"."This is the biggest honor I could ever be given," says Lee. "The opportunity to front one of my all-time favorite bands, and an even bigger pleasure of jamming with such great people. "We have created one of the most relentless albums of MALEVOLENT CREATION's history. As a fan, I know we are going to shock a lot of people at how intense this new album is. Done in a way only MALEVOLENT CREATION can. "I can't wait to see all you guys on the road in 2019 and beyond, playing songs from all the albums, including our new album, 'The 13th Beast'!""Lee was the missing link when I was searching for a new vocalist and guitarist," adds Fasciana. "Each new member is a solid musician and songwriter sharing the same passion for extreme music MALEVOLENT CREATION has been striving for since 1987. "I'm very proud of this album and look forward to present it live as well as songs from our massive back catalog, including stuff that hasn't been played live in a long time or ever."Musically, "The 13th Beast" expands upon 2014's "Dead Man's Path" yet also incorporates a brutality known from albums such as "The Will To Kill" and "Eternal", which is further accentuated by Wollenschlaeger's understandable-yet-deeper vocal tone and songwriting contributions. Just like "Dead Man's Path", the record offers artwork by German Latorres, and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound."The 13th Beast" will be released as black and limited colored LP plus four-page LP booklet, CD, and digital album. Track listing:01. End The Torture02. Mandatory Butchery03. Agony For The Chosen04. Canvas Of Flesh05. Born Of Pain06. The Beast Awakened07. Decimated08. Bleed Us Free09. Knife At Hand10. Trapped Inside11. Release The SoulMALEVOLENT CREATION is (from left to right in photo):Lee Wollenschlaeger - vocals / guitarsPhil Fasciana - guitarsPhil Cincilla - drumsJosh Gibbs - bass


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DAVID LEE ROTH Hints At VAN HALEN's Return To Live Activity

13 December 2018 - 06:47 PM

David Lee Roth has hinted that VAN HALEN will perform in New York City at some point in 2019.In a brand new interview with Vulture, in which the singer primarily discussed his just-launched line of skin-care products, Roth said that "next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play."When the interviewer asked Roth if he meant that VAN HALEN will perform at Yankee Stadium next summer, Roth replied: "I can't … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be — I can't say."Pressed for more information, Roth said: "I don't know how far this privacy actually goes. But the band is solvent. And I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show — METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, Jason Aldean, the FOO FIGHTERS, Church, and Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved."Asked if that means that this would be a festival-type event, Roth responded: "No, all I talked about was a phone call."VAN HALEN has been inactive since it completed its U.S. tour in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The amphitheater trek ran for 41 shows and saw the band bringing out many Roth-era rarities like "Light Up The Sky", "Feel Your Love Tonight" and "In A Simple Rhyme" that hadn't been touched in decades.The tour was VAN HALEN's first since an aborted North American run three years earlier in support of its then-new studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth".Released in 2015 was "Tokyo Dome In Concert", VAN HALEN's first-ever live collection featuring Roth, despite numerous pro-shot concerts from the band's original heyday being heavily booted for years.Roth told Vogue that he has spent the last three years building two companies: Ink The Original, a skin-care line designed to preserve, protect and highlight tattoos, and an outdoor lifestyle company called Laugh To Win.

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