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11/28/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports Michael Hamad of CTnow recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.  On the passing of SLAYER's founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died of alcohol-related cirrhosis in May:  Tom: "I miss him dearly. I have to remind myself that I'm not going to see him. He's not going to be a part of this anymore... Him not being a part of the band for the past two years: it was temporary, and now it's permanent."  On having the commercial route dangled in front of SLAYER over the years:  Tom: "When we had just got done recording [1994's] 'Divine Intervention', they had a big meeting at the label, and one of the record reps brought that up: 'You have a really great album here, but we could use a radio-friendly song.' [Hanneman spoke up]: 'You just got through saying we had a great record. You figure out what song you want on the radio and put it out there.' After that, we never had any other meetings with A&R."  "We do what we do, and we really enjoy it as a band. We figured that people are just going to have to learn to like SLAYER. In 30 years of existence, we've written some great songs and put out great albums, and we've never had to rely on having a hit record. We all just got together and wrote some songs, and if one got on the radio, great. If not, that's fine too."  On Hanneman's contributions to the next SLAYER album:  Tom: "Jeff would show up now and then. When we started working on ideas for a new album, it allowed him to see his potential to play... What we [ultimately] put on the album is another story, but Jeff was a big part of that, though not as much as I would have liked him to be. It was really rough on him. But we always got together and rehearsed, to see where he stood."  Read more at CTnow.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports  German melodic metallers FREEDOM CALL will release their new studio album, "Beyond", on February 24, 2014 in Europe and March 4 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The 14-song effort was recorded at Separate Studios in Nuremberg and FREEDOM CALL's own studio and was produced by guitarist/vocalist Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.  Comments Chris Bay: "Stylistically, we have remained faithful to ourselves. In fact, we've even returned to a slightly more traditional direction. I think that's probably the result of recent tours, where we had lots of fun with the classic FREEDOM CALL numbers, which not only a lot of our faithful fans from the band's early days will appreciate."  Along with the album release, there will be a video for the song "Union Of The Strong". Other tracks featured on the CD include "Knights Of Taragon" and "Colours Of Freedom", which is described as "a typical FREEDOM CALL number."  "'Dance Off The Devil' — the 'off' is consciously spelled with a double 'f' — with its African rhythms and mystic grooves may sound slightly unusual, but it perfectly suits the album title, which is meant in a spiritual sense," adds Bay"Beyond" was recorded by FREEDOM CALL's current lineup consisting of Chris Bay (guitar, vocals), Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums).

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Tuomas Holopainen — the keyboardist and main songwriter of NIGHTWISH — has spent most of 2013 writing and producing his solo album based on a graphic novel called "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck", written and illustrated by Don Rosa"Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" is scheduled for a release in April 2014 via Nuclear BlastHolopainen comments: "This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making. And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time.  "Thank you for sharing this celebration of life and adventure!"  This 12-chapter book tells the life story of Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all around the world until the 1950s. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power that the moment Tuomas read it nearly 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of "coloring" this story with music, i.e. creating a kind of "soundtrack" for the book, came to him already in 1999, and has ever since haunted the back of his mind.  "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" contains 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music is said to be in the soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and EnyaPip Williams did the orchestral arrangements for the "Life And Times Of Scrooge" disc, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the NIGHTWISH records "Once", "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginaerum".  There are a number of guest musicians appearing on "Life And Times Of Scrooge", including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho Majamäki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica) and Dermot Crehan on the solo violin.  The recordings took place during August - October 2013, first at Angel Studios in London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland.  The author of the book, Don Rosa, did the artwork for the album.  There will be a single release, for the track "A Lifetime Of Adventure", and a music video to go with it in early 2014.  Holopainen recently spoke to Finland's YLE about "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen". Check out the report below.  Tuomas previously stated about how the idea for the project came about: "It was back in 1999, during the 'Oceanborn' tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a 'soundtrack' to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, 'The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck', by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality.  "It all started with a story called 'Last Sled To Dawson', which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck magazine in the late '80s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual 'Life And Times' opus, though, but 'a companion story,' set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12-chapter piece was released in mid-'90s, I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading 'The Lord Of The Rings' as an 8-year-old, or seeing 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home.  "With Scrooge, there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags.  "This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It's about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It's about love and family, gain and loss, darkness and rebirth.  "And on top of that, well, it's just your good old-fashioned storytelling fun!" Read more at Classic Rock 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports for the second time in six years, German rapper Bushido (real name: Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi) is accused of having "stolen" music from the black metal band DIMMU BORGIR, this time for his new song "Leben Und Tod Des Kenneth Glöckler" (English-language translation: "Life And Death Of Kenneth Glöckler").  Bushido's track — which will appear on his upcoming album "Sonny Black" (due in February 2014) — allegedly borrows the musical theme from the DIMMU BORGIR cut "Dimmu Borgir", which is featured on the Norwegian group's 2010 CD "Abrahadabra".  You can hear both songs below.  DIMMU BORGIR in 2007 threatened to sue Bushido for allegedly using melodies from the band's songs on his albums without permission.  DIMMU BORGIR manager Yvette Uhlmann stated at the time: "The band was contacted via the Internet and was told that Bushido had stolen the melody of their song 'Mourning Palace' and that he used it in his song 'Mittelfingah'. Since we were not contacted by Bushido through proper channels and told about his desire to do this, it is clear that Bushido has seriously infringed our intellectual property rights."  DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz was quoted as saying: "If the German rapper in question does not agree to compensate us adequately, we will sue him! Whoever crosses us will face serious consequences."  Bushido was also accused of having stolen music from the American gothic group NOX ARCANA. Bushido allegedly copied music from three of the band's songs: "Beyond Midnight" (used by Bushido on "Weißt Du?" ), "No Rest for the Wicked" (used by Bushido on "Kurt Cobain") and "Cthulhu Rising" (used by Bushido on "Blaus Licht"). Bushido allegedly took NOX ARCANA's recordings, including the complete melodies, arrangement and instrumentation, then simply rapped over the music. He also registered the songs as his own.

     

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Norwegian black metallers ISKALD will release their new album, "Nedom Og Nord", on January 14 in Europe via Indie Recordings.  According to a press release, "this new masterpiece is a tribute to their artic, majestic and dark home — the northern part of Norway. ISKALD ('ice cold' in English) makes you feel like you're alone on the top of an iceberg in the middle of an artic storm!  "'Nedom Og Nord' is by far [ISKALD's] most epic album to date, containing six long masterpieces, each with different lyrical themes.  "This is their first Norwegian-entitled album, in which half of the lyrics are based on their mother tongue.  "And finally, their self-titled song 'Iskald'was finished and put on the new record. It's a monumental hymn dedicated to the surroundings and people of their home; Nordland."

    "Nedom Og Nord" track listing:

    01. A Fading Horizon
    02. Underworldly
    03. Iskald
    04. The Silence
    05. Nidingsdåd
    06. Nedom og Nord

 

  • Loudwire posts Escape the Dead: Craig Mabbitt’s "Walking Dead" recap – Season 4, Episode 7

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports bidder pays $3600 for copy of"‘Last Waltz" signed by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and more

 

 

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports Chicago, "I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love" – Hilariously Outdated Videos

 

  • Classic Rock reports view Cambridge hard rockers’ The Traetment promo for "I Bleed Rock + Roll" from upcoming second album, ahead of support tour with Airbourne

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Bad Religion cut an unlikely Christmas EP

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Danger Mouse's cool midlife crisis: Inside Broken Bells' "Disco"

 

  • Rolling Stone reports how a Craigslist ad led to Capital Cities' top 10 smash

 

  • Rolling Stone posts a Flashback: Billy Joel rings in the new millenium

 

  • Billboard reports Morrissey slams Thanksgiving

 

  • Billboard reports Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys to perform at Brit Awards

 

  • NME reports Radiohead and Frank Turner support new Independent Venue Week

 

  • NME reports Arcade Fire catch the tram to Blackpool gig

 

  • NME reports Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme sings about taxidermy

 

  • NME reports The National sing Thanksgiving song from  animated sitcom "Bob's Burgers"

 

  • NME reports Jack White's Third Man Records release special guitar pedal

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the second "Delusions Of Grandeur" track-by-track breakdown video from Sahg

 

  • Blabbermouth posts album trailers from Grand Magus, "Triumph And Power"

 

  • Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Denied, "Garden Of Stone" and Whorion, "The Great Mass Suicide" (Lyric Video)  

 

  • Blabbermouth posts interviews with Alex Lifeson guitrist of RushMegadeth bassist David Ellefson on his autobiography, Skid Row bassist Rachel BolanStryper frontman Michael Sweet on being "a rock band that's comprised Of Christians", Killswitch Engage on the bus, ex-The Gathering singer Anneke Van Giersbergen, guitarist Nige Rockett  Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser on his involvement with the Latin metal group De La Tierra,  Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett, Amon Armath drummer Fredrik AnderssonSatyricon drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad and guitarist Andreas Kisser on Sepultura

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Kings Of Chaos featuring former Guns N' Roses members Glenn Hughes, Corey Taylor, Steve Stevens, Myles Kennedy and Joe Elliott, Babymetal doing "Catch Me If You Can" at Summer Sonic and  Memory Garden at ProgPower Oslo festival in Oslo, Norway

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