SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor was interviewed on a recent edition of "The Mike Calta Show" on 102.5 The Bone WHPT in the Tampa Bay area, Florida. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons's recent comment that "rock is dead":"I'm so tired of hearing that, man. [With] all due respect to Mr. Simmons, I think when he talks about rock being dead, I think he talks about the old-school way of album-tour-album-tour-album-tour. That's just not the way you do it anymore. There's so many other things and ways to continue the history of this industry, and to continue to be on top. I mean, I'm looking out at headlining Download [festival] in the U.K. [Sarcastically] Yeah, rock is dead. That's why there's 85,000 people here at 11:30 at night in a downopour, and nobody left. Yeah, rock's dead. Yeah."On how the continued decline in music industry revenues has affected SLIPKNOT's bottom line:"The only thing that's really been affected is albums sales. Because there's still just as many rock fans out there as there were, and there's a whole new generation coming up. I mean, the contracts that you signed back then — even today — you'd have to sell five, six million at a pop to be able to turn a profit. So, for people like me, it wasn't about making money off the album sales. I mean, it's be nice, but it wasn't the essential. I've always said, nobody's more surprised by our success than we are. Because, I mean, when we started, we were the band that was, like, 'Okay, hopefully we can get to a level where we can sell, maybe, two hundred thousand [copies of an album] and just tour… just tour for a year and a half and really build that foundation. And then, when everything blew up for us, we were, like, 'Uhhhhh…. What?!' It blew us away. We've never been worried about making money off that. For me, the album is the calling card. You hope people are hearing the music, but it's not essential to sell the music, and that's the thing you kind of have to balance today. 'Cause people are still buying CDs, but they're also buying music on iTunes, they're paying for accounts on Spotify. So it's not like they're not hearing the music. So when they come and see the show, and you play a song that is brand new and you get that huge pop, that's what it's all about. It's all about that live show… I mean, we just started playing 'Killpop' on this last tour, and we had put the video out probably a week before. And with every show after that, the pop got bigger and bigger and bigger, to the point where people were losing their minds. And that's a brand new song, for all intents and purposes. So, for me, the album is just the way to get the people to come in; that's how you further it. And, later on down the line, if you [do] a little touring, and eventually you sell enough albums, then so be it. But, for the most part, you can't worry about that. Because, at the end of the day, it's about people knowing the music, not owning it."On whether there was ever a point where SLIPKNOT considered calling it quits:"You know, there was a brief period where we were, kind of, questioning it. I mean, even while we were doing the subsequent tours after we lost Paul [Gray, late SLIPKNOT bassist]. It was hard. I mean, every show was hard. But it got a little easier… really just because of the fans. The fans needed us, and we needed them just as much as they needed us. So it was really rediscovering the fan base again and helping each other get back up on our feet. After everything that went down, it was encouraging to know that the fans were still there, and they weren't gonna let us fall. And as long as we kept doing things the way that we have always done, they were always gonna be there. So when this album [2014's '.5: The Gray Chapter'] came out, by the time we got into the studio, we were recommitted. It's, like, 'You know what?! We're gonna tell the story of Paul, but we also want to do this.' 'Cause people can smell a lie like a fart in a car. So when you do something that is disingenuous, when you are essentially faking it, people can tell and they'll rip you down as quickly as they put you back up. So, for us, leading with our hearts has always done us right. Once we went out, and especially that first show at Knotfest, it was, like, 'Okay, let's see what happens.' And it was fantastic. So… I mean, we're very fortunate right now."SLIPKNOT recently announced the lineup for the 2015 edition of Knotfest, which will take place on October 23-25 at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California.The full lineup includes SLIPKNOT, KORN, JUDAS PRIEST, MASTODON, TRIVIUM, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, BRING ME THE HORIZON, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEVOUR THE DAY, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and many others.SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas.Interview (audio):
SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" is the band's first CD to be produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA and SOUNDGARDEN, among others. It is also SLAYER's first album to be recorded after the passing of the band's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013.Asked what has been his biggest frustration throughout the process of making "Repentless", SLAYER guitarist Kerry King told the Phoenix New Times: "Probably the time it took to get a record deal done. And once that was done, the time it took to get into the studio. When you're ready, you're ready, and not being in is, is, basically wasting time to me. And I don't like to waste time, and I don't like people wasting my time. But the end result, I get it. Terry Date, you know, helped SLAYER, and SLAYER helped Terry Date. It seemed to me like he hadn't had a, a big record recently. He's had a ton of amazing records in the past, but it seemed to me like he needed a big record right now, just like we did."He continued: "I knew [Terry's] name. I'm not a producer geek, I don't freak out on who produces albums and stuff, but I knew Terry's name because of the PANTERA boys. And I didn't know him back then. Once we started working and stuff he told me he did 'Louder Than Love'  by SOUNDGARDEN, which is one of my favorite albums. And I'm, like, 'Jesus!' I had no idea. That just added more to his credibility in my book."Asked if Jeff's death influenced the lyrics of songs like "Chasing Death", with its themes of alcoholism, King responded: "A lot of people don't know that a year before Jeff died, I lost my longtime guitar tech. He passed away too. More unexpected than Jeff was. Um, that was difficult for me. Facing death... Part of — I'm getting to that age where you deal with more deaths than you do weddings. 20, 30 years ago, it was more weddings than deaths. So feeling like you're dealing with death and always cheating it… At the end of the day, I was having conversations with Jeff about his spider bite and everything, and I told him that he has just been chasing death. I said that he needed to focus on getting better and get rolling again. So part of that song is about addiction… and part of it is about the finality of dealing with death. I don't know. I had to write it. I don't usually have to write songs, but I had to write that one."Gary Holt of San Francisco Bay Area thrash icons EXODUS has been the touring guitarist for SLAYER since January 2011 when Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard.Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".
Just prior to last month's season finale of HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series "Game Of Thrones", Scott Ian of ANTHRAX sat down with Music Choice and gave his pick of what house he would want to be a part of if he was on the show. He said (see video below): "If I could be in any of the noble houses on the TV show 'Game Of Thrones', I wouldn't — I wouldn't be in any of those stinking houses filled with assholes and horrible people. I would be one of the Free Folk. I would live up north of the wall, and I'd have a little cave, and I'd hunt rabbits. I'd kind of live my life on my own terms and just try and watch out for the White Walkers and wights and other creatures that live up north. But, yeah, I'd just kind of keep to myself."ANTHRAX recently contributed a new song, "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)", to the the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape", for "Game Of Thrones".Building on the success of Volume I — with over 2.5 million streams to date — that attracted hip-hop and reggaeton fans alike, "Volume II" of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape" also features MASTODON, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MUSHROOMHEAD, Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Yandel.Produced by Launch Point Records, the 15-song mixtape features diverse artists representing "Game Of Thrones" families, leveraging themes and highlights from season 4. Showcasing the importance of music in "Game Of Thrones", each song on the mixtape samples music from the show's season 4 soundtrack. This year's mixtape also weaves in the overarching theme of fire and ice, providing listeners with an exciting lineup of heavy metal and hip-hop artists.Ian told Finland's Kaaos TV: "[Our contribution to the mixtape] was a song we had already written [for our next studio album]. We didn't have time to start writing something brand new from scratch. We listened to all the material we had and made the decision. That one just… We all thought the same thing. Everybody listened to the demos and we all had the same idea that this one demo just sounded like that should be the song for 'Game Of Thrones', so it was a pretty easy decision. The lyrics weren't written yet, though — we only had the music — so then [the show producers] said you have to pick something about the show to write about. And I got to write about exactly what I wanted to write about [the Lannister family], so I was very happy about that."He continued: "It was a really fun thing for me to do, because I'm such a massive fan of the show. So are Charlie [Benante, drums] and Frankie [Bello, bass] — they're really big fans. So it was just something really exciting that we got the call to do that. And we were, like, 'Yeah!' A lot of times you get calls for things, and it's kind of, like, 'Naaahhh. Just say no.' But this we were very excited about."
More disturbing news on DEEN CASTRONOVO's situation, with the drummer denied bail and meth addiction cited as influencing his behavior. It's not the first time he has fallen off the wagon and I hope he gets the help he needs urgently.
This from Houston Eagle:
The Journey drummer was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing.
Castronovo's attorney Jeffrey Jones asked an Oregon judge to set his bail at $50,000, saying he would be driven straight to a rehab clinic if released. Castronovo was released on bail after he was arrested June 14 and ordered to stay away from the woman who's accused him of raping her.
July 2, 2015 -- What do a classic rock band and Pluto’s smallest moon have in common? Answer: they both share the same name.
STYX met with members of NASA’s New Horizons team yesterday, including the scientist who discovered Styx – Pluto’s faintest moon - in 2012.
The unusual convergence took place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, mission operations center for New Horizons. The unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to Pluto and its moons, just days away from a historic July 14 flyby that will return the first images of the mysterious dwarf planet.
The finnish progressive metallers SILENT VOICES have released a lyric video for their brand new digital single "Darkest Night". The digital single is available at all digital platforms worldwide through Inner Wound Recordings.
Link to the lyric video:
Silent Voices also celebrate their 20th anniversary and for the milestone they completely re-recorded the track Glassheart with the new line-up featuring Teemu Koskela and Jani Hurula. Glassheart was originally recorded and released on the album Chapters Of Tragedy in 2002.
"Darkest Night" digital single track listing: 1. Darkest Night 2. Darkest Night (Radio Edit) 3. Glassheart (2015 Revisited)