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6/30/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery is preparing to record an EP from his HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS solo project at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey. He states: "I've written a few ideas leading up to [the new EP recording sessions] but really have no idea what direction to go. All I know is that I don't want to plan it out.  "Up until now, most of the HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS stuff has been acoustic-based music, which has been a good escape from what I do in SEVENDUST. CALL ME NO ONE was upbeat rock music, which I also loved doing and pushing myself vocally. With this, I think it will be a hybrid.  "Kurt [Wubbenhorst, one of the co-owners of Architekt], who has worked with me on several projects, will be my other half on this. I want to adapt some of his approaches to writing on this and broaden the horizons a bit. When I spoke to him about it, he thought a concept record would be good idea and I've always wanted to do that. I also want to try going from one side of the spectrum to the other. Maybe start off with an acoustic track and mold into grittier stuff and end with the heaviest thing we can put together.  "The beauty in this is that there isn't a particular sound we have to create. I can see this going into all kinds of directions within these five or so songs we do. The trick is, we only have six days to do this. Basically, doing half a full-length record in less than a week. But the pressure for me is good. It helps me focus.  "Being a father and a husband takes most of my time at home, so when I enter the studio, I have a lot of creativity built up. But there aren't any promises on how this week will shape up. There's always the fear of hitting the dreaded 'dry spell' or simply not finishing the amount of material we shoot for, but that's part of it.  "If we can't finish in time, then we will postpone until we have the goods. I just pray for a good result and to release some creativity and relieve the pressure.  "If I don't write or record something over a certain amount of time, I go crazy and my wife Tara can testify to that. It's one of the only things I feel like I'm good at doing and it's an itch I have to scratch more often than not. It's what I do.  "It's all about balance, I think. I can't be a good father or husband if I don't provide and don't do what I feel in my heart I have to do and I can't create good music if I don't spend time with my family. Both of those factors, family and music, are huge parts of me. Sobriety is on top, because without that, I lose all of it and I have no illusions about that.  "I don't do these projects because I'm unhappy with SEVENDUST; I do these because it enhances what I do for SEVENDUST. If I didn't do this, I'd become very closed-minded and lose an edge. I can't idle for a year and a half between some records. Some people can, but life's too short.  "I'm very thankful to the small group of supporters that keep up with all the names of these projects: CALL ME NO ONEHELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS and DARK NEW DAY. It seems like more activity than it really is.  "Between producing, writing and touring, I am busy, but the actual tracking and creating of music is a small percentage of my year. Touring takes the win on that. I'm just thankful for an understanding wife and family, and suportive fans who dig the music and message.  "My wife is actually coming up at end of week so I will have her there to support and she will have a 'lil mama time to herself to do things she wants to do.  "I hope one day my kids listen to this music and appreciate where it came from. Even if they don't consider it 'cool,' they can at least say that dad loved making music and hopefully apply that focus to whatever it is that moves them."  Read more at Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist Niclas Engelin of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will sit out a few of the band's shows this summer. His temporary replacement for those gigs will be Patrik Jensen (pictured below) from THE HAUNTEDIN FLAMES' tenth album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading" (Century Media), sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.  IN FLAMES' previous CD, "A Sense of Purpose" (Koch) opened with 20,000 units to land at No. 28. This was slightly less than the opening tally of "Come Clarity" (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to enter the chart at position No. 58.  "Sounds Of A Playground Fading" was the first IN FLAMES album to be recorded without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who quit the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports former ENGEL vocalist Magnus Klavborn has joined forces with vocalist Ronnie Nyman of ALWAYS WAR and guitarist J. Bergman of MAN.MACHINE.INDUSTRY. in a new project called TRIATRIA describes its music as "something new without aiming to be uniqe. We think of TRIA as a violent version of AC/DC and DANKO JONES."  TRIA's debut single was released digitally through GMR Music.
    The single contains two songs:
    01. Stand My Ground 02. Third Step, Revolution
    TRIA is one of five projects/bands under the wings of Bergman's KMP (Killing Machine Productions) where the music is focused on energy combined with groove.
    Magnus Klavborn - Lead Vocals Ronnie Nyman - Lead Vocals J. Bergman- Guitar, Backup Vocals

 

  • Loudwire posts the many faces of Philip Anselmo

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports George Harrison knocks Paul McCartney off the top of the charts 40 years ago

 

 

  •  NME reports Keith Richards on Rolling Stones' future: "I don't see why there shouldn't be a 60th anniversary"

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Nikki Sixx with Chevy Metal in Malibu  (Read more at Loudwire),  Soulfly at Graspop Metal Meeting

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