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SOUNDGARDEN's 'KING ANIMAL' CRACKS U.S. TOP 5...DEFTONES AND MACHINE HEAD MAKE CHART DEBUTS

11/21/2012

Blabbermouth reports "King Animal", the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010, sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 13 via Tom Whalley's new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

"King Animal" track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid's Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN blasted through 23 songs in front of 1,000 people at New York City's Irving Plaza nightclub on November 13 in the first of three such shows to celebrate the arrival of "King Animal".

The band reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called "Telephantasm" and a concert album titled "Live On I-5".

"Been Away Too Long" video:



 

Blabbermouth reports DEFTONES' seventh studio album, "Koi No Yokan", sold 65,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 2020 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 13 via Reprise.

"Koi No Yokan" follows up 2010's "Diamond Eyes", which opened with 62,000 units to debut at No. 6.

DEFTONES' 2006 album, "Saturday Night Wrist", registered a first-week tally of 76,000 to enter the chart at No. 10.

"Koi No Yokan" is riding a wave of critical acclaim. The LA Music Blog called it "the best album from DEFTONES in years and quite possibly the best in their entire career," while Loudwire reported that "if the SMASHING PUMPKINS were heavier, ballsier and angrier, they'd make albums that sound like this."

Frontman Chino Moreno told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks the new album is a perfect example of what DEFTONES does best. "Some of my favorite things about DEFTONES are the dynamics," he said. "I mean, yes, we're a heavy band, but we're not just like, you know, in your face, aggro, the whole time, punching you in the face. There's also this very soothing element where there's, you know, a lot of soundscapes and a lot of outside influences other than just, you know, attack, attack the whole time. I don't know… I really think we meld those things great."

The first single from "Koi No Yokan" is called "Tempest".

The album title is a Japanese term for the moment you know you will fall in love with someone.

The new disc is the second recorded with bassist Sergio Vega filling in for Chi Cheng, who remains in a semi-comatose state as a result of a November 2008 car accident.

DEFTONES are currently on the road in the U.S., with the tour coming to a close on November 21 in Los Angeles.




Blabbermouth reports "Machine Fucking Head Live", the new live album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It's the band's second live effort; "Hellalive" came out in 2003.

MACHINE HEAD's most recent studio album, "Unto The Locust", sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 17-year history.

"Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo".

"The Head Cases [MACHINE HEAD's nickname for the band's fans] have been so intense on this tour cycle that we had to start capturing the shows, especially with technology making it so much easier to record," said frontman Robb Flynn. "We culled some of the best nights where the band and crowd were on fire and made a badass, nearly two-hour, double live album, which is a great documentation of where the band is at, 18 years deep."

"Machine Fucking Head Live" track listing:
01. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#) 02. Be Still And Know 03. Imperium 04. Beautiful Mourning 05. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears 06. Locust 07. This Is The End 08. Aesthetics Of Hate 09. Old 10. Darkness Within 11. Bulldozer 12. Ten Ton Hammer 13. Who We Are 14. Halo 15. Davidian
"Machine Fucking Head Live" was mixed and mastered at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga and Robb Flynn.
Flynn underwent successful surgery on November 14 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to repair his double inguinal hernia.

He had planned to go under the knife in January 2013 after completing a North American tour with DETHKLOK, ALL THAT REMAINS and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. He had hoped to continue the trek despite extreme discomfort, but it became too difficult to carry on.
Flynn has returned home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. The band will rejoin the tour in Portland, Oregon on November 24.

MACHINE HEAD is currently seeking a new label home following the expiration of the band's contract with longtime record company Roadrunner Records.


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