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It now looks more probably than ever that there could well be a new Slipknot album in 2014. Stone Sour has announced a headlining tour that will start in January and run through February 15th. The tour, which also features Pop Evil and Stolen Babies, will be taking place without guitarist Jim Root. The reason? He’s working on the next Slipknot album. From the band’s Facebook page:
With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter. Everyone involved is okay with the decision and our mutual friend Christian Martucci will be filling in on guitar. It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.
In short, with Corey Taylor out on the road with Stone Sour, when the band gets back from the road in mid-February, he might have some music to lay vocals down over. There’s no set timetable on when they’ll be recording, but if they’re working on music in the early part of the year, there’s no reason they won’t potentially have an album out in the late Summer or Fall of 2014. The band’s last album was 2008′s All Hope Is Gone, and bassist Paul Gray died of an accidental overdose in 2010. Original member and founding guitarist Donnie Steele has been filling in on bass for Slipknot on the road, but there’s no work on whether he’ll be recording or writing with the band, or if he’ll become a full time member. Scroll down for Stone Sour’s tour dates. Read more »
Two months ago, the members of Lostprophets released a statement saying that they would no longer continue on with the band due to the child sex allegations of their frontman, Ian Watkins, who’d been being held in prison since last December awaiting trial. With the singer pleading guilty last week to nearly all the charges, the band released a statement yesterday on their Facebook page condemning his actions. It stated that they had no idea that Watkins was such a deviant, he’d become increasingly difficult to work with and their relationships with the singer had deteriorated. Here’s the band’s statement:
Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake. Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny.
Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character. Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge. But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.
We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It’s still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way. Read more »
A few days ago, a photographer caught up with Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on the band’s tour bus as his tourmate, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, laid down a solo via iPad. Knowing how prolific of an Instagram user Blythe is, it was only a matter of time before he put his own take on what he was doing, especially after Skolnick Tweeted about it. That’s finally happened, and he broke his silence yesterday via Instagram. Accompanied by the above photo of Skolnick, here are his musings:
I think I’m gonna make some really wacked out music on my iPad, since it’s super portable & I can record anywhere. I’m gonna record it in Cubasis, then mix it in Auria. I’m gonna use a Moog emulator & a bunch of other weird synths, like Thor from Reason. I’m gonna get a condenser mic that runs off a USB hub and record screwed up ambient sounds from a tour I’m on, then load them into the iPad as samples as well. I’m gonna make it as weird as I want it to be, because I don’t care if anyone likes it except me. Then I’m gonna try & find a world class jazz & metal guitarist & see if he wants to do weird tracks. Just for FUN. Then I’m gonna get all this stuff together with a few other people as guests, & I’m gonna make it sound MEGA-TITS. Then I may or may not release it, depending on how I feel. Or I may just rock it in my truck. Because I’m making it FOR FUN. Where can I find the guitarist I need? Oh wait- I know one. Skolnick killing it in the back lounge studio. Life is good & music & friends are beautiful.
Yup – after the year he’s had, life really is good for Blythe. We’re looking forward to hearing what “MEGA-TITS” sounds like. Hopefully not too much like the new Mega-deth. Just saying.
While Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister might be taking it easy for the remainder of the year following a health scare, that doesn’t mean he’s sitting around doing nothing. He took questions from fans in the current issue of Revolver, and held forth on his health issues, and told an entertaining groupie story (in short, he got serviced onstage while playing). When asked if he had any plans to retire, he pretty much responded with the opposite:
“No, I ain’t done yet with the music. After I get better, we’re gonna try to tour again, and if I can’t do that full-on, I want to do another album with [the rockabilly band] Head Cat, and, of course, I want to do a couple more Motörhead records. But the next thing I’ve got coming out is my solo album, which is almost done. I still want to do a track with [Skunk Anasie vocalist] Skin before I put it out. There are two tracks with the Reverend Horton Heat, two with The Damned, a track with Dave Grohl [Foo Fighters, Nirvana], and a track with Joan Jett. Right now we’re thinking of calling it False Teeth for the Deaf. It’s all just great rock and roll, that’s the only way to describe it. Some of it is bluesy and some isn’t. It’s not Motörhead, but obviously there are elements in common.”
He also spoke about cutting his set short at the Wacken Fest earlier this year as well.
It was strange. The Wacken date was going really god and it sounded really good, too. And then I got this pain in my back that came out of nowhere and it was crippling. When you get to this age, stuff starts going o, y’know? There’s nothing you can do about it. At this stage, things would be going wrong anyway, even without my history.
He seems a little more positive and upbeat than he was in the New York Times profile, which might well have taken place after the Revolver one. For example, in the Times, article, he states that he’s only drinking wine now, but the Revolver one says that he’s still having two Jack and Cokes per day. Regardless, it’s good to know that he might have a solo album coming out before too long, in addition to another Head Cat one. Get well soon, Lemmy. Rock needs you.
Lambgoat continue their dogged pursuit of truth and justice in all things Tim Lambesis. With the As I Lay Dying frontman awaiting trial on charges of hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, he’s also looking down the barrel of a $2 million civil suit filed by Meggan. Lambgoat have done research showing that Lambesis filed the suit on August 2, 2013, about a year after she filed for divorce. Among the allegations in the suit are “personal injury, “assault, domestic violence” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress,” all stemming from the incident when Lambesis hired the hitman. The suit claims that “the solicitation of another individual to commit murder upon a spouse is abuse,” which we’re inclined to agree with.
Meggan is seeking $1 million for emotional distress and $1 million in punitive damages, as well as $25.000 for medical expenses and $75,000 for future medical expenses, plus attorney’s fees. That seems like a lot of money, yes, but according to Meggan’s paperwork, Lambesis made about $14,000/month in the time period from November 2012 through February 2013. That’d be fine if Lambesis could just pick up and keep making money with As I Lay Dying, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen. Court papers have been filed stating that Lambesis has been unemployed since May 2013, as all tours were cancelled and Metal Blade doesn’t want to release any more albums. Well, duh. Maybe he should have thought about that before (allegedly!) hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
The next date for Lambesis’ divorce proceedings are set for April 16, 2014. At the soonest, his trial will be start in March. So basically, what we’re trying to say is that he’s in for one hell of a 2014.
Today, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis appeared in a courtroom for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. The brief meeting lasted about a minute. According to Lambgoat, who was at the hearing, Lambesis pleaded “not guilty” to one felony charge of solicitation of murder. A readiness conference has been set for January 15th, 2014. Essentially, a pretrial conference, the prosecution and defense will meet and discuss the case. If they can’t agree to resolve it then and there, it will proceed to trial.
It was mentioned that the trial may tentatively start on March 11, but it’s likely that will be pushed back as well. Lambgoat says that speculation suggests that a plea deal may be reached, with Lambesis’ defense attorney Thomas Warwick insisting that steroids had an effect on the singer’s judgment. Just in case you’re keeping track, Lambesis was arrested on May 7. That’s at least 10 months of waiting around to find out if he’s going to do more time for plotting to kill his wife. Just in case any of you out there are planning on hiring a hitman to kill your wife, know that if/when you get caught, it’s going to take a long, long time to figure out what will happen to you once you do. Also, if any of you are planning on hiring a hitman to kill your wife, um, don’t do that.
Well, by that we mean that the new Meshuggah album might not be out for another two years. In a recent interview Chile’s Radio Futuro, guitarist Mårten Hagström comment on the band’s future plans:
“So what’s gonna happen now is come December, we’re gonna look at writing a new album. We always do that — it’s, like, two more years of touring and then two years of writing the album. And then it takes a little while before the albums actually turn up. So we’re feeling pretty excited about that. ‘Cause it’s always, like, when you’ve been doing one thing for a long time, it’s always nice to switch it up — go from touring back into the studio, and then when you’re fed up with the studio, you switch back out to the touring. So that’s good.”
Despite this, it’s not anything new for Meshuggah to have three to four year gaps between albums. For example, the gap between 2008′s obZen and last year’s Koloss was four years, so if the new album does take until 2015 to come out it’ll be about an average pace for Meshuggah.
When the Children of Bodom and Tyr tour was announced a few weeks ago, it was announced that a special guest was TBA. With the band’s headlining tour just wrapped, it can now be announced that Death Angel will be on the tour as well. W
ith their well-received The Dream Calls for Blood just out, the band are touring more than they have in a while now. It’s pretty good to see a band near or at the top of their game seven albums into their career. The month and a half long tour kicks off on Valentine’s Day, and what’s more romantic than Bodom, Death Angel and Tyr? Check the dates below. Read more »
Within Temptation’s new album Hydra will be out early next year, and several special guests have been confirmed for the album. Among them are Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), who was featured on the band’s EP Paradise (What About Us?) last month, Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), and Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum). What you might not have expected is that the album will also feature hip-hop icon and famous internet meme Xzibit.
Guitarist Robert Westerholt says of Xzibit:
“Xzibit is amazing. ’And We Run’song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy.”
There has been praise for Tarja Turunen and and Howard Jones as well. Says singer Sharon Den Adel:
“The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
“I always loved Howard’s voice,” she says. “He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though — it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
Hydra will be available January 31, 2014. The track listing for the iTunes premium edition is listed below, and it’s pretty nuts. Aside from the guest vocalists, there are also covers of songs by Enrique Iglesias, Imagine Dragons (you’ve heard “Radioactive” before, trust me and Lana Del Ray. Check it out below: Read more »
We’ve been hearing so much about the Deicide/Broken Hope feud (which is apparently patched up now) that its been a while since we heard from, you know, the guy who got his throat slashed open by a box cutter at one of their shows. Well, good news: he’s apparently okay. As you can see in the pick above, Julio Serrano isn’t looking half bad all things considered. Serrano was sent a Broken Hope care package by the band to cheer him up.
The band has issued this statement:
“BROKEN HOPE sent a special BH care-package to JULIO SERRANO– We wanted to lift JULIO’s spirits and let him know we genuinely support and care about him. If this photo says anything, JULIO SERRANO is doing much better! Cheers and the best of health to you, JULIO!!!”
Definitely glad to hear that Serrano is doing alright. Hopefully next time he goes to a show he’ll be able to enjoy it from beginning to end without it being cut short.