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Slipknot’s Jim Root recently caught up with Music Feeds to talk about life is in Slipknot camp, how the new members are fitting into the band, and a potential Australian headlining tour (after Soundwave of course!)

Music Feeds: New album, new tours, new members. How’s life in the Slipknot camp at the moment?

Jim Root: Life in the Slipknot camp is pretty damn good right now. I used to be really hesitant and reluctant and resistant to say such things [laughs] Actually, everything’s pretty cool. But I don’t want to jinx it and I don’t want to…. usually when I feel like everything’s going good that’s when something really fucked up happens. So, I’m gonna say it’s all shitty, everything sucks, blah! [laughs]

MF: Was there a particular song or perhaps a moment during the writing process where it felt like you’d regained or picked up momentum?

JR: No, not really. It’s kind of weird, I mean, I was feeling pretty good about everything that was coming out even in the raw demo phase when it was just me sitting in my garage. I could really hear it and I had a good vision for everything and everything seemed to make sense. So if everything makes so much sense to me right now, it can only get better.

About the time that the rest of the band showed up to the studio and we really started hammering through things is when everything really, even given the circumstances, started feeling very normal.

MF: How do you feel the new members acclimated to the Slipknot recording process?

JR: I think they did really well considering the circumstances that were thrown at them. We threw the book at the drummer, we fuckin’ put him through the wringer. He did not have it easy. But he was up to the challenge with everything that we threw at him. He took it all and props to him for that.

The bass player was a little bit of a different situation, because we kind of had a little bit of a revolving door of dudes coming in and out and trying things. Even Donnie came into the studio for a while and it just to a point where we were struggling looking for somebody and then the right guy presented himself sort of at the last minute. It worked out pretty cool.

MF: That brings us to Soundwave. It seemed like we had the official announcement for the album and the Soundwave lineup drop within a short space of time. Did you guys know you wanted to return to Australia as part of that tour?

JR: Absolutely, we always wanna come back, or at least I always wanna come back to Australia. Australia’s one of my favourite places on this planet to visit. And tours like Soundwave, they’re an experience to not just be able to play most of the major cities in Australia, but to have a couple of days off in all of them too… when you’re on tour, you don’t get a chance to really absorb the places you go.

But because of the way that tour was routed I was able to go snorkelling in the Indian ocean and I was able to take a ferry across the Sydney Harbour or whatever and go out to an island and eat dinner. I mean, there’s just so much you can do when you have that amount of time and it’s really awesome and it made me pretty passionate about Australia.

MF: Was it a band decision to keep exclusive to the festival? Can Aussie fans expect a return for a headline tour at some point?

JR: I definitely wanna come back there for a headlining tour, because I’ve heard and I’m not sure if this is true, but I’ve heard that Perth is not happening anymore for Soundwave.

MF: That’s true, yeah.

JR: Yeah, which I think is kind of a bummer, because I really like Perth a lot. Obviously, we’ve got a couple years at least of touring ahead of us so I’m sure the powers that be are putting their heads together to figure out how we can make it cost effective to be down in Australia and do a proper headlining tour on our own and make it so we’re not just spending money to be down there.

Fuck, I would love to do that. I mean, we haven’t been able to do a headlining tour down there in quite some time. Probably, shit, since the first record cycle, you know? So every other time we come down there it’s always a festival. I’d like to do both, that would be ideal.

MF: Corey’s described the new album as Vol. 3 meets Iowa. Would you agree with that summary?

JR: I don’t know if I would agree with that, because I don’t like to compare anything we do to anything that we’ve done or necessarily to anything else. I think that creates an expectation, you know what I mean? And I don’t like to put those expectations out there.

I know when I was younger, bands would say, ‘Oh, we’re coming back out with a new record and it’s gonna be like our second record’, and I’d hear their new record and it wasn’t anything like their second record and I was a little bit disappointed and I’m like, ‘Well, if they never would’ve said anything, I never would’ve had this expectation.’

So I don’t know what I would compare to this record to, I would just say it’s an evolution and it’s sort of a testament to where we’re at right now.

Check out the rest of the interview at Music Feeds and make sure you’ve pre-ordered your copy of .5 The Gray Chapter from the Maniacs Store!

Rancid have just announced that they’re going to release their 8th studio album called '…Honor Is All We Know' on October 24! Produced by Bad Religion guitarist & Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz, this album is sure to be a killer!

Honor Is All We Know is unique in that it is filled with growing insight of a band who has been doing this for a while now: it feels natural and organic, written without an agenda or bone to pick, rather the culmination of lives lived largely with a keen interest in the world and a sense of brotherhood.

You can listen to some of the tracks here

Honor Is All We Know Track List:

01. Back Where I Belong

02. Raise Your Fist

03. Collision Course

04. Evil’s My Friend

05. Honor Is All We Know

06. A Power Inside

07. In The Streets

08. Face Up

09. Already Dead

10. Diabolical

11. Malfunction

12. Now We’re Through With You

13. Everybody’s Sufferin’

14. Grave Digger

Perhaps the coolest thing to currently be on display at The Lourve, the photo above is a pocket watch made by Jean Rousseau, who is the grandfather of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Looks pretty rad to us!

Mastodon dropped a pretty interesting video for The Motherload yesterday, which is their latest single from the new album Once More ‘Round The Sun! The video is not what you would imagine when you heard the track, but is pretty epic in it’s own way. Brann Dailor recently caught up with Pitchfork to discuss how the ideas came about and the importance of twerking was in the video!

On the video’s concept:

I guess I thought that maybe people would be concerned that it wasn’t very imaginative if it was some kind of shitty ‘90s video. Then all of a sudden, twerking started happening, and it kind of went from there. I just wanted to make something that was bizarre—that would confuse people. I also thought to myself, what’s the most bizarre thing, or what’s something people would say completely does not belong in a Mastodon video? And the twerking was sort of what I came up with. I had a bunch of music video ideas but this was the one we were able to do in like a day, because we didn’t have a massive budget and we couldn’t pull off some of the other concepts I had.

On twerking - appropriate or sexist?

With the video itself, we wanted to make sure that the women that were there were in charge and that they were having fun. They made the video what it is. If it wasn’t for them and their talent and going out and doing flips and splits and just bringing it, it wouldn’t be great. All of them are forces of nature. It was amazing to meet them and amazing to watch them do their thing. There’s a scene where the garage door starts to open, and Khristine Moore, who plays the “queen,” is there. It gives me chills when I watch that, she just looks so awesome.

On the video being labelled as ‘sexist’

I don’t know, I just don’t see the sexism in it. I know there’s half-naked women that are shaking their butts. For some people it’s titillating, but for me it just looked amazing. I thought the girls were awesome and talented, and I thought it was amazing to watch. I love when it turns into that kaleidoscope effect thing; it brings the video to a whole new level. But it’s gotten people talking obviously, you know. I figured that would happen, you know what I mean. I knew there was going to be some negativity. But we do that; we’re that kind of band. It hadn’t been done before, and we were kind of looking for something that hadn’t been done before because it’s hard to come by these days.

Form your own opinion & check out the video below!

Read more at Pitchfork

Halestorm have been busy in the studio writing and recording Halestorm 3 and finally, they’ve released ‘The Making Of, Part 1’! We can’t wait to hear the record, but get a little insight to what you can expect below!

Mastodon have finally dropped a new video from their latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun for the track The Motherload! Mastodon never deliver what you would expect, so check out the video below!

Ever wondered which Slipknot tracks are favoured by your favourite bands? Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce, Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile + many more reveal their picks below!

Matt Heafy of Trivium:
I recall being terrified, yet completely enthralled by this truly innovative amalgamation of styles both musical and visual—not yet heard or seen before. The mixture of brutality and melody, sheer psychotic rage and quiet pained anguish: Slipknot wasn’t afraid to pair extreme opposites. The unrestrained ferocity that is their self-titled album will never cease to amaze me.

Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria:

I really love every record! The first time I heard Slipknot I must’ve been a bout 15-years-old. That was it for me. I was just absolutely floored by them. I feel in love with that band. I remember sitting in my class, doing my work, and scribbling their logo into my books. I’d write their lyrics down. I even graffiti-ed my mom’s sun visor in her car [Laughs]. She pulled it down and was like, “What the fuck is this?” I’d written “People=Shit” lyrics and stuff on there. I’m such a huge fan of that band. They changed metal. I love all of their records. Every album they’ve released is different. They didn’t let themselves stagnate or regurgitate ideas from previous records. They always evolved. To this day, their first record is one of the heaviest records I’ve ever heard.

David Gunn of KING 810:
My favorite Slipknot album would be the self-titled only because it came first and without it the other records couldn’t exist. Usually, answers to these questions are dictated by nostalgic value, but all of their records are equally good. I picked up on this early from a few friends in 1999. “The Box Music Network” played the “Wait and Bleed” video, and that was exciting to see the visual. The songs on the record that come to mind off hand are “Eyeless”, “Liberate”, and “No life”.

Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
I’d have to go with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). The last song “Danger – Keep Away ” is really sad, creepy, and eerie. That’s definitely my favorite Slipknot album. I remember the first time I heard Slipknot. I was a junior in high school. My friend was playing a song, and I asked her who it was. She was like, “You haven’t heard them?” She got me in to Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. She was the gothic chick that wore all of those shirts [Laughs]. I was a normal guy, but she played all of this music I liked. She got me into Tool too. She played Slipknot, and I was like, “This is so heavy! There’s nothing that exists is heavier than them!” Slipknot is one of my favorite bands of all-time. Corey Taylor is a freaking legend. I respect the hell out of him. His writing, vocals, and live show are incredible. He’s a great frontman and dude. I definitely strive to be on his level of what a music machine he is.

Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver:
My favorite Slipknot record would have to be Iowa. I think the “sophomore slump” was on the minds of everyone involved after having such a successful debut album. Iowa had no such problems as it boasted great songs that were extremely unforgettable but persevered a dark and heavy undertone that showed Slipknot had maintained its roots in the underground world.

Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body:
The self-titled album came out and changed my life as far as music was concerned. I had no idea it could get that heavy or aggressive. It completely changed my perspective on everything I thought was heavy and pissed at the time. I grabbed on to it. That album is very special musically to me from a musician’s standpoint. Iowa was a great record as well. Growing up, I would say I appreciate Iowa a little bit more because I think they did the same thing, but the time was taken on the sound of the record. It sounded bigger, and it was more anthemic. They came out pissed when they came out, but you couldn’t touch any of it on Iowa. From a vocal standpoint, it’s ridiculous.

via Artist Direct

Obey The Brave dropped their epic new album Salvation a couple of weeks ago, and made some time to sit down with Kill Your Stereo to go through it track by track! Check it out below!

Short Fuse

“I’m seeing red, got a few loose screws

Trapped inside my head; Short fuse”

That moment when anger prevails over reason and it just starts flowing through you like the dark side of the force. Sometimes, when the situation calls for it, you just gotta lose your cool and snap. Don’t be a pushover.

Raise Your Voice

“Go ahead, put me to the test

There’s fire in my head, convection in my chest

I’ll defend what is mine to keep

Keep running your mouth, I won’t lose sleep”

Whatever you do in life, there will always be someone out there that will disagree, discriminate or try to dissuade you from walking your own path. This song is about moving forward, no matter what people say. Let them talk and waste their energy. Shine by your absence, keep your eyes on the prize and do your thing. Properly dealing with negative criticism will empower you. Indifference is the only real enemy.

Up In Smoke

“Back on the chain until it breaks

The same story, same mistakes

Another toke, another dime

Gone up in smoke, just one more time”

Walking that thin line between self-medicating to forgive and smoking to forget. When accumulated stress and worries start clouding your mind and judgment, a bit of green smoke can bring you peace.

Into The Storm

“When it rains, it pours

A never-ending self reform

I’m marching onward into the storm”

This song is about falling down and gradually getting back up again. In a twisted way, I’m thankful for my mistakes and all the obstacles that stood in my way. With some will power, there is a way to turn a negative event into a positive learning experience. One day at a time.

Next Level

“Around the world,

Always ready to ride

Just say the word,

We’ll be out on the roadside”

I still dislike long van rides (laughs) but I do realise how lucky I am to travel the world and play music for a living. Get rid of your blinders, observe and appreciate the richness of various customs, values, habits, climates, landscapes, landmarks, architecture, food, etc. It’s a beautiful learning experience. At 33, I’ve seen enough cool shit for a lifetime already but I’m still hungry for more. I will not rest until my bucket list is completely crossed out.

Back In The Day

“Those were the teenage years

Swimming laps at the pool,

Getting high, trading tapes,

Playing drums after school”

Ah, the good old days. I miss that magic. We all get nostalgic once in a while. When revisiting the past, certain friendly reminders can surface. Reminding yourself of where you came from and how far you’ve gone might just be what you need to keep on keepin’ on. Roots, bloody roots.

I Am Winter

“I am winter, cold as ice

No joy, just sacrifice”

Last winter was an emotional blizzard. Things are better now. There’s no way to go but up from here.

Lone Wolf

“I follow my own code”

The open road has always given me that liberating sense of freedom. It has kept me young on the inside and toughened me up on the outside. However, every passion has a price. There is that palpable sense of isolation that comes with writing, creating and traveling. Being away from your loved ones, your pack, is inevitable in this line of work but with it comes an acute sense of survival. Follow your instinct.

C’est La Vie

“À la vie, à la mort

Je suis maître de mon sort

Vie un jour à la fois

Surtout fais preuve de sang froid”

Somehow, things seem a little clearer and transparent when you speak your native language. Although communicating in English has become part of my daily life, voicing my thoughts in French sometimes feels a little more sincere.

This track is about making the effort of seeing beyond the war, the cruelty, the injustice, the sadness and having faith that there is still good in people. Dig deep inside and you just might find it, no matter how lost you feel. Every action, no matter how small, still has that potential of making this world a better place.

Full Circle

“I’ll save you the speech

I’ll spare you the drama

But I can promise you one thing: Karma”

Rape is probably one of the most horrendous and cowardly acts I can think of. I’ve witnessed the chaos it has brought in the lives of women and have experienced the backlash. I admire the courage of these women. Too many of them will never experience the satisfaction of seeing their aggressor punished for their crime. I have faith that life will somehow find a way to make them pay.

North Strong

“My back is sore but I’m standing straight

Better build my core, better pull my weight

My mind’s running but I’m standing still

Despair is no match for my iron will”

The older I get, the harder it gets to recuperate. The human body does have its limits and although there’s no secret to eternal youth, I do my best lead a healthy lifestyle. Growing pains can be overwhelmingly discouraging at times but hey, I’m still alive. Things could be a lot worse. We all have certain physical flaws. Deal with it or it will blind you from everything else that makes you beautiful.

Brave The Fire

“It’s time to let go to keep you near

Try to wait for the smoke to clear

Everyday, I’m feeling blue

Don’t let me get over you”

So much desperation can come from a rupture. The belittling feeling of holding on to someone too firmly. The blinding sensation of denial. The lack of trust in anyone. The loss of direction that comes with letting go. Fortunately, my heartache is part of the past. The spell has been lifted and I feel like I’m finally back to being myself again. Things are simple now.

via Kill Your Stereo

Photo: @andrewlipovsky

Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce recently spoke with Full Metal Jackie about his new record label, what it was like growing up in Dubai and when we can expect the new Asking Alexandria record!

Find out below!

Ben, after starting your own record label earlier this year, what’s been the most eye opening thing about being on the business side of the music industry?

Honestly, how f—ing annoying band members are. I’ve just realized all the bulls–t that our labels have had to deal with over the years of me calling them 24/7 and all that bulls–t, it’s the same thing now. I do understand, I’m obviously in the band trying to get stuff done. You get excited and you try and get ahead of yourselves, it’s difficult. Especially since we’ve signed newer and younger bands, they’re all so excited. It’s like teaching them how to walk before they can run. I can understand now why so many record label executives have little to no hair.

You were writing new music while on tour this past summer on the Mayhem Festival. What’s the timeline for recording that new music and releasing the next album?

I spent all summer locked up in the back of our bus writing for the next AA record. I think what we’re planning on doing, which starts in a few weeks in the UK and Europe, then we come back and I’m pretty sure I’m not suppose to announce it, but I’ll say it anyway. We’re doing a U.S./Canada run to close out the year and I believe the plan is to go straight into the studio midway through January and be in the studio all through January, February and March and we’re aiming for a summer release. So hopefully June or July for the next Asking Alexandria record will be out.

You were born in England but grew up in Dubai. How did living in two different countries prepare you for the experience for being exposed to different cultures as a touring musician?

I think that’s one of the best things my parents could have done, unknowingly for me. I was born in England, I left the UK when I was about 6-years-old to move on to Dubai. Funny enough, Dubai is a weird sort of hub. There’s every kind of person imaginable there, you’ve got your Brits, Americans and Australians. There’s a lot of Indians and Arabs. There’s a huge vast culture shock when I moved there and growing up with all those different cultures being a prominent part of my life has made touring and being a musicians a lot easier. I’m a lot more open minded than a lot of people.

People ask me what it was like growing up in Dubai with all the terrorists? I’m like, no you’re wrong. That’s now how they are. When I travel the world now, going to places like Russia or the Middle East or even places like South America where people don’t often go on a day to day basis. Where most people might be kind of weary, I’m excited to go and experience new cultures and learn a little bit more about countries and how they live their day-to-day lives.

Check out the rest of the interview at Loudwire

Corey Taylor of Slipknot recently sat down with Revolver Mag to discuss their new album .5 The Gray Chapter, how the band were able to move forward without Paul and Joey and when they knew it was time to write a new record. .5 The Gray Chapter is available on October 17!

REVOLVER The first time Slipknot was featured on the cover of Revolver was back in 2001, when Iowa was released. Is it weird to think about how your young fans from those days are in their 30s now?
COREY TAYLOR Yeah, it’s weird. We’re looking at another generation of fans. And the crazy thing is, with everything that’s happened between ‘All Hope Is Gone’ and now, it’s been six years since we’ve released any new music. So there’s almost like a whole new group of people who have come of age without any new Slipknot music–all they’ve heard is the legend, all they know is the old stuff. It’s almost like we’re going back to basics and starting from street-level up. And it’s cool! One of the reasons we’re so excited about the album is because, to us, it feels like starting over in a lot of ways, for better or worse. And I think we’re doing it the right way.

Well, making a record without Paul and Joey is kind of like starting over, isn’t it? Those guys made a major contribution to Slipknot’s music.
Yeah. We knew it was going to be hard, and that’s one of the reasons why we took our time coming back to it. Obviously without Paul, and with us splitting ways with Joey, it made it a little harder. But with this band, it’s never been an issue of, “We can’t do it”—it’s always been an issue of “How can we do it? How do we do this?” So when something like that happened, we just kind of filled in the blanks for ourselves. We made sure that everything we did made sense, and that we were doing it for the right reasons. And we went for the music just from the standpoint of, if you want to do it, you’ve got to find a way to do it. The thing that we realized right away was, “It’s not going to be the same—so let’s not try and make it the same. Let’s just go for what our heart feels.” And once we figured that out, man, the music came really quickly; within two months, we had the basic template of what the album would be, and all that was left was to hammer out the details, which is always the best part, anyway. So yeah, it was a really good experience, man.

After Paul passed, was there ever a point where you thought, “That’s it, Slipknot’s done, we’re never going to make another record”?
Um, it was definitely on my mind. There was definitely a point where I was like, “What do we do now? What does it mean?” And there were some dark days at that point, just trying to figure out what the hell was going on. But I don’t think there was ever a point where we all felt like, “This is it”—if anything, it made us feel like, “What do we do now?” And I think going out on those Sonisphere shows helped. Those first Sonisphere shows showed us that it’s just as important for us to continue as it is for the fans, for whatever reason. Everybody’s got a different reason for being here, for being in this band and for continuing it. I think once we did that, we realized, “We still have our legs underneath us, we still love doing it, and we still want to do it.” After that, it was like, “Let’s give it a little time, and let the time for us to come back and make a record come to us naturally.”

Did that sense of perspective come from Paul’s passing?
Well, yeah. That hit us like a ton of bricks, you know? That was probably one of the hardest days that I ever had, if notthe hardest day. A lot changed that day for us, you know? Some people went one way, others went another, as far as their lives, their approach towards life, and everything. We kind of looked at each other and went, “None of us is getting younger. We’re the only people that know our history, that know what we did together.” And in a lot of ways, it seemed like we were kind of taking each other for granted. So one of the positive things that came out of that, if you can find a positive thing, is that it made us realize that we’re all we’ve got, and we needed to get a little closer. And I think we did on this.

Check out the rest of the interview at Revolver