MUSIC NEWS: Tool Instagram from studio


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Tool guitarist Adam Jones has posted a photo on his Instagram account, showing the band members together in a recording studio. What is striking and will be extremely interesting to fans is that the photo shows singer Maynard James Keenan alongside Jones and drummer Danny Carey. Keenan does not usually join the recording process until a substantial amount of work has already been done.

Keenan said in an interview earlier this year, “I don’t write the music. They write the music. I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process.”
Does this mean the music is done and the rest of the band is ready for Keenan to contribute? It’s unknown at this point, but Jones posted a caption with the photo that read, “#SmokeOnTheHorizon.”


MUSIC NEWS: Foo Fighters unveil new song from “Sonic Highways”

Foo Fighters unveiled a second new track from the band’s upcoming album, Sonic Highways, in conjunction with the premiere of the second episode of the HBO documentary of the same name on Friday (October 24th). Called “The Feast And The Famine,” the song was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia and inspired by the D.C. hardcore punk scene in which Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl started his career with bands like Dain Bramage and Scream.

Grohl said about the D.C. scene in the episode, “The experiences I’ve had in this city, from the age of 14 years old, set this foundation for the rest of my life as a musician. The community, the support, the love that was here in the D.C. music scene has carried over into what I do now. The way that Foo Fighters work now, we’re like a family, and we try to treat everyone that way.”

D.C. artists that appeared on Grohl’s hometown episode included Minor Threat/Fugazi frontman and Dischord Records co-founder Ian MacKaye, punk legends Bad Brains, Trouble Funk’s Big Tony Fisher and hardcore punk producer Don Zientara.


MUSIC NEWS: Weigh in on the next Weezer single

Weezer reached out to their fans for advice on Tuesday (October 21st), asking in a Facebook poll, “How much do you think each of these three songs would help Weezer’s career if released as the next single?” The three tracks — “Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Da Vinci” and “Go Away” — are all taken from the band’s recently released ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. (Spin)


MUSIC NEWS: Metallica to perform at BlizzCon

Metallica will perform live at this year’s BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, California. The performance will take place during the convention’s closing ceremony on Saturday, November 8th. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft game universes. Previous BlizzCon performers have included Foo Fighters, Blink-182 and Ozzy Osbourne. Tickets to the con are sold out, but fans can watch from home by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for $39.99, which will offer comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event — including Metallica’s set. (Blabbermouth)


MUSIC NEWS: Papa Roach reveal more about “F.E.A.R.”

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Papa Roach’s upcoming eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise), was a bit of a departure from the band’s usual creative method. They recently discussed their process with Blabbermouth and revealed a bit of what fans can expect from the news tracks.

Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix said, “Usually when we begin working, we’ll have a bunch of demos, and I’ll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn’t have those things this time. When we were touring ‘The Connection’, I was really focused on keeping my life together. Every time I would go on the road, I’d start clean and come home a mess. I let the road tear me apart. This time, I focused on keeping my relationships strong, my sober self healthy, and my spiritual life healthy. I didn’t have time to write, to be honest.” Bassist Tobin Esperance added, “We wanted to do things a little bit differently. During the last record, the four of us had reconnected and gotten closer. We were in such a good place, so we all helped each other out on this one. There was no pressure. There were no expectations. We chose to work with somebody we’d never worked with before, go to a place we’d never lived previously, not worry, write songs from scratch, and have fun. We didn’t overthink it. It was simple, and it f***ing worked.”

The band worked with father and son producers Kevin and Kane Churko on the album which features guest appearances by Maria Brink of In This Moment and rapper Royce da 5’9″.
It was recorded in Las Vegas instead of in their hometown studio in Sacramento.
The band also lived together while making the record which they have not done since 2006’s The Paramour Sessions.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) will be released on January 27, 2015.
Track Listing:
01. Face Everything And Rise
02. Skeletons
03. Broken As Me
04. Falling Apart
05. Love Me Til It Hurts
06. Never Have To Say Goodbye
07. Gravity
08. War Over Me
09. Devil
10. Warriors


WTF: Man buys all the pies to spite screaming child

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After waiting in line in front of a mother and screaming child, a man having a bad day decided to take matters into his own hands. A Reddit user posted to a thread labeled, “offmychest” detailing the story of how he was waiting to order at a local fast food restaurant and as he waited, a kid in line behind him continued to whine and scream that he, “Wanted a pie,” much to the annoyance of the man and others in line.

When it was the man’s turn to order, he purchased his lunch in addition to every last pie in the store, which totaled 23 pies. He then walked out, stopping only to see the angered mother and child’s reaction as they were told that the restaurant had just sold out of pie.

His post read, in part:

“I take my order and walk towards the exit. Moments later I hear the woman yelling, what do you mean you don’t have any pies left, who bought them all? I turn around and see the cashier pointing me out with the woman shooting me a death glare. I stand there and pull out a pie and slowly start eating eat as I stare back at her. She starts running towards me but can’t get to me because of other lineups in the food court. I turn and slowly walk away.” (original post)


MUSIC NEWS: Bon Scott biopic filming soon

A film biography of late AC/DC singer Bon Scott is still in the works despite objections from both the band and the vocalist’s estate. According to Loudwire, Rob Liotti, who is writing the film and will also star as Scott, recently said that the release of unauthorized films about Jimi Hendrix and Judas Priest have legally paved the way for his project to move forward. Liotti explained, “We have a First Amendment right to tell this story, and we have the ability to utilize the Fair Use Doctrine in assisting us to do so. We’re trying to educate the public about this guy’s life and tribulations. What the hell is the problem with that?”

One problem that Liotti could face is not being allowed to use any of Scott’s actual music. The recently released film about Hendrix, Jimi: All Is By My Side, was not allowed to use any of the late guitar legend’s songs. The 1992 Judas Priest documentary, Dream Deceivers, was able to use the band’s music under the Fair Use Doctrine.
Liotti’s film is titled Bon Scott: The Legend Of AC/DC Unauthorized.
Liotti and the production company behind the film have been working on it despite legal threats from AC/DC, the Bon Scott estate and the band’s record labels.

Director J.R. Getches said, “We want to portray Bon accurately and capture the mood around him at the time. Rob Liotti . . . tried to be painstakingly on point while capturing Bon’s spirit in the story.”

Getches plans to shoot a trailer for the film soon, but there is no word on when production on the full movie will start or if the company even has the funds for it.


MUSIC NEWS: Slipknot release “Custer”

With just over a week to go before the October 21st release of its new album, Slipknot has unveiled another new track from the set called “Custer.” The song follows the sneak preview track “The Negative One” and the official first single, “The Devil In I.” The album, called .5: The Gray Chapter, is the band’s first since 2008 and the first without drummer Joey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray.

“Custer” starts out with a discussion in the studio between band members, followed by radio announcer-like proclamations from singer Corey Taylor, ringing alarms and an aggressive beat from drummer Jay Weinberg. Taylor told Metal Hammer that the new album is laid out like a story “from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.”

In addition to Weinberg on drums, Slipknot has reportedly recruited Alessandro “Vman” Venturella on bass, although the band has yet to confirm the new players’ identities.