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Soundgarden Plan 5 Disc 20th Anniversary Reissue Of ‘Superunknown’

From Rollingstone.com

Soundgarden will be diving back into the Superunknown this spring with multi-disc, rarities-packed special editions of their 1994 album. In celebration of the record’s 20th anniversary, the band have planned two deluxe reissues and a vinyl edition of the LP, which debuted at Number One when it was originally released, for a June 3rd release. Each disc will contain demos and recordings from rehearsals, many of which have never been released.

The two-CD Deluxe Edition contains a remastered version of the album alongside a second disc of 16 demos, rehearsals and B-sides; 10 of the tracks have never previously been released. The Super Deluxe Edition expands the album to a five-disc release with even more rarities, discs dedicated to B-sides, demos and rehearsals and a version of the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. That edition also comes with a hardbound book with liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, never-before-seen photos by Kevin Westerberg and “reimagined” album art by artist Josh Graham. The band is also putting out a double-LP edition of the album on 200-gram vinyl.

To announce the release, the group posted a rehearsal version of “The Day I Tried to Live.”

Soundgarden have also planned a special vinyl release – Superunknown: The Singles – for Record Store Day on April 19th. It contains five 10-inch records with all of the B-sides from the original single releases for “Spoonman,” “The Day I Tried to Live,” “Black Hole Sun,” “My Wave” and “Fell on Black Days.” Each will include reimagined art and all of the attendant B-sides that appeared on the original single releases.

Rob Zombie Reveals “Zombie Horror Picture Show” Artwork and Track List

From Antimusic.com

On Tuesday Rob Zombie Reveals Zombie Horror Picture Show Artwork was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) Rob Zombie has unveiled the cover to his forthcoming live DVD, “The Zombie Horror Picture Show” as Zombie plays Australia’s traveling Soundwave festival and will launch a spring US tour April 26 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Due in May, the project captures Zombie in concert last summer in Houston (Aug 3) and Dallas (Aug 4) during the final two shows of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Zombie was headlining the festival while on the road to promote his latest album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.” Check out the cover art for the new DVD – here.

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Chevelle Release “La Gargola” Track Listing And Album Artwork

CHEVELLE will release its seventh studio album, titled “La Gargola”, on April 1. The disc was recorded in Pasadena, California instead of the band’s usual spot in their hometown of Chicago, and follows up 2011’s “Hats Off To The Bull”.

The “La Gargola” cover, which can be found below, features a dark figure wearing a buttoned up coat and a beak-like mask worn by plague doctors back in the days.

“La Gargola” track listing:

01. Ouija Board
02. An Island
03. Take Out The Gunman
04. Jawbreaker
05. Hunter Eats Hunter
06. One Ocean
07. Choking Game
08. The Damned
09. Under The Knife
10. Twinge

Drummer Sam Loeffler explained the group’s sound to Loudwire Reloaded, saying: “At the end of the day I think we sound like our band without trying to sound like somebody else, and that’s important. But at the same time you hope your music evolves. To me, it does evolve, but it’s still melodic hard rock music which is what inspires us to want to write.”

The first single, “Take Out The Gunman”, addresses the issues of guns and mass shootings, but Loeffler says it’s also about more than that. “It is hitting a little close to home,” he tells The Pulse Of Radio. “However, certainly it’s about that but the real point is about how the media sensationalizes it and how it perpetuates it, because we talk about it so much and concentrate on it so much, which is — when you put something on television, it just becomes bigger than life and then, you know, the age-old question is, if you don’t put it on TV and nobody knows about it, will it happen less? I don’t know.”

The official lyric video for “Take Out The Gunman” can be seen below.

The trio will head out on the road for a headlining tour with MIDDLE CLASS RUT and OH BROTHER, beginning on April 4.

The group is also scheduled to make appearances at the Rock On The Range and Welcome To Rockville festivals in April and May.

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Corey Taylor Says Slipknot Will Start “Major Work” On New Album This Month!

From Blabbermouth.net

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has told U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine that the band will begin “major, major work” on its fifth album in March. 17 demos are ready for SLIPKNOT’s first CD since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and December 2013 departure of drummer Joey Jordison, one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters.

Regarding the direction of SLIPKNOT’s new material, Taylor said: “I can say that, to me — and this is only my opinion — it’s a cross between [2001's] ‘Iowa’ and [2004's] ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”

He added: “I’ve written lyrics for everything that we have right now and it’s feeling pretty good. It feels like the story of the band so far, which is a totally different take on what I’ve been used to writing with SLIPKNOT, but I think, because of everything we’ve been through, it’s time to tell that story. Not just from our point of view, but from everything around us. So, yeah… it’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be everything you want in a SLIPKNOT album, and everything you wouldn’t expect.”

Taylor was unwilling to comment on anything “controversial” during his interview with Kerrang! and wouldn’t discuss Jordison’s exit from the band, but he did hint at deeper family problems that needed to be resolved, as he reflected how his life was during the band’s break in activity.

“Last year, it felt like we put enough miles between the bad stuff and the good stuff — that we could start enjoying life again,” he said. “Personally, my family took a couple of hits in the last year and a half, and it felt good to be able to let go of that deep breath we’d been holding. Professionally, I got to do a lot of stuff I wasn’t expecting, which was cool, and now I’m feeling like it’s time to revisit the ‘KNOT and see where we’re at right there. My hopes for this year are to be creative — getting that creative itch. And with the new SLIPKNOT album, I’m starting to feel that side of things.”

SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root told The Pulse Of Radio late last year — before the news about Jordison broke — that he was feeling the urgency to make a new SLIPKNOT album. “You know, we haven’t done a record since Paul’s been gone and it’s been pushing six years. And there’s a lot of people in SLIPKNOT and a lot of fans and me myself kind of feel like it’s time for that hurdle to be overcome. And for me, that’s really like my number one priority and the most important thing for me right now.”

SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison’s exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the band.

Root, who plays in both SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR with Taylor, sat out STONE SOUR’s recent North American tour with POP EVIL and STOLEN BABIES in order to work on the new SLIPKNOT album.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he thought 2014 would be the year that SLIPKNOT came back with new music. “I know everybody is pretty keen on getting together and seeing what happens [this] year, so I mean, if it takes us a year to write an album, so be it,” he said. “The main goal is to just get us in the room and just see what happens, you know. If we can get past that first day, I think it’ll come together. Now that we’re all kind of in better places in our lives and whatnot, it’s making it a little easier to be excited about it again. It’s just starting to feel like it’s time.”

Bullet For My Valentine Vow To “Step Back Into Heavier Side” On New Album

From Blabbermouth.net

EMP Rock Invasion conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck and drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE when they played at Palladium in Cologne, Germany on February 10. You can now watch the chat below.

On the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s next album:

Tuck: “We’ve done five songs so far, and they’re sounding very good. I don’t know how to explain it, really… It’s definitely more aggressive, edgier. It’s definitely stepping back into the heavier side of what we’ve done in the past. And I don’t mean that as in, like, a screaming way… just aggressive music, you know.”

On how the band decides which direction to follow early in the songwriting process for an album:

Thomas: “It’s usually… We just released [a new song called] ‘Raising Hell’ [in November 2013], so that’s kind of like a benchmark for us to [follow]. Certain songs or certain parts of songs will catch us, and then that’s the way we wanna write the rest of the record.”

Tuck: “It just depends what comes out. When we’re in the dressing room just writing, just playing guitar, a riff will come out and we’ll be, ‘Oh, that’s cool. Let’s continue that.’ So we’ll record a little bit of it. It’s very natural. As soon as we get, like, two songs kind of finished, like we did with ‘Raising Hell’ and the other five, the wheels are set in motion; it becomes obvious where we need to go.”

On the mixed response to last year’s “Temper Temper” album:

Tuck: “I wouldn’t change that record for anything, really. That’s the record we wanted to make, and that’s what we should be doing; we should be doing what we want, and we shouldn’t be trying to please anyone else. If the next album we write doesn’t get well received for whatever reason, then it’s, like… you can’t do things for other people. We’ve gotta do it for ourselves, and that’s the only way we can stay true as a band. I think a rule that we’ve always stuck by since Day One was we do it our way and we do it what we wanna do or we don’t do it at all. I think someone else fucking up your career is not acceptable. So if we fuck it up, at least you can sleep at night, you know what I mean? So we’re extremely happy with it, and here we are today still rocking big venues around the world. So we [must be doing] something right, you know?!”

The official “Raising Hell” video can be seen below. The clip was directed, produced and edited by James Sharrock.

Thomas told Billboard.com about the direction of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s new material” “It’s definitely more of a step towards our first two records.”

He added: “We always like to keep changing our records and our sounds and stuff. I think you have to change, otherwise it gets boring for us and the fans get bored. Look at all the great bands through rock history; they changed on all their albums — especially METALLICA. Their albums have always changed, and they’re the biggest metal band ever. So we just want to keep changing and get to another level each time out.”

Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he had no regrets about the band exploring its more melodic side on its last two albums. “The big thing that we’ve learned is, like, you’re not gonna please everyone all the time,” he said. “As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven’t given away your integrity, you know, I don’t really care if people go, ‘Oh, it’s not metal enough, it’s not heavy enough.’ It’s like, that’s not what we are.”

“Temper Temper” sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12, 2013 via RCA.

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AC/DC Reveal Plans For A New Album And Tour

Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC will enter a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in May, presumably to begin recording their first new material since 2008’s “Black Ice” album. In addition, the band will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows around the world.

The news of AC/DC’s recording and touring plans was revealed earlier today (Friday, February 14) by the band’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, during a surprise phone call he gave to Andy Preston of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida (hear audio below).

Asked if AC/DC is planning to do anything this year, Johnson told Preston: “Well, you’ll be the first one to know, really, because we’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything, and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything. And he’s a very proud man. But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.

“It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. [laughs]”

He added: “You know what?! It’s been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I’m really looking forward to it.”

During a January 2012 appearance on “The Cowhead Show”, the American radio program hosted by Mike “Cowhead” Calta, Johnson revealed that health issues were affecting one of his bandmates, which may have put new album plans temporarily on hold. “One of the boys is a little sick and I can’t say anything, but he’s getting better,” Brian said. “He’s doing wonderful. Full recovery fully expected.”

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams told BackstageAxxess.com in a March 2013 interview that guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young were writing songs for the band’s next album. But Williams said that at the time that there was still a long way to go, explaining, “[There is] nothing in the works right now [as far as recording]. We’re still getting over the last tour, so we’re just hanging out and doing stuff. The guys are writing material and when they’ve got some stuff together, they’ll give us a holler.”

Asked how the band’s creative process works, Williams said, “[Angus and Malcolm] get a bunch of ideas together. Some are more together than others — and then we’ll all hit the studio or a little rehearsal room and we’ll kick it around with a producer. And then we get in a studio and record, and that’s kind of how it runs.”

“Black Ice” was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.

Malcolm Young told Classic Rock magazine in 2012, “I’ve been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band . . . I think we need a couple of years to recuperate and work on it a bit more.”

Regarding AC/DC’s plans to tour in support of the upcoming CD, Brian told the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone in a June 2012 interview: “Well, I think it wouldn’t be like the last one. That was two years. I mean, that was just nuts. We were just fragged when we finished [that one]. I mean, it took about three weeks to get over it. But it was so much fun, though. For guys our age at the time, to tour the world to sellout audiences everywhere, it gives you a good feeling. And the great thing was to look out into the audiences and have a look at the generations of people… I mean, it was unbelievable… Kids there that were 7-8 [years old], teenagers…”

Johnson also spoke about how AC/DC decides which recording and touring projects to take on, telling 107.7 The Bone: “We’re just a bunch of pals from the projects, still. Even though we’ve done well, we still have the same roots that we stick by that we did when we had nothing, basically. And that’s the work ethic. And it has to be right for the boys to do anything. When we’re sitting down and [we're talking about], ‘Can we do this? We’re not gonna be a pale shadow of our former selves?’ We’ll talk about it and make sure that we’ve all got it. We’re just five pieces of a card, and if one of us is not really [able to perform at 100 percent], the whole thing would just collapse, I think.”

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