RED SUN RISING NOTCHES SECOND CHART-TOPPER WITH 'EMOTIONLESS'
Red Sun Rising has notched the second Number One single of its career with "Emotionless," the latest track released from the Ohio-based act's third album, Polyester Zeal. Singer Mike Protich explained to us that the idea for "Emotionless" came to him in his sleep: "This one was a dream that I had and it was very haunting. It was a very clear visual, you know, of a woman laying on a bed, and I knew in the dream that I loved that woman but I didn't know who it was. It was kind of a faceless person. I couldn't tell if she was dead or she was sleeping, so I came up with this concept that she was just emotionless there. That song was actually written back in 2009 or '10, it's an old song that we kind of brought out of the bag and made it work."
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- Red Sun Rising previously hit the top of the rock radio chart with "The Otherside," also from Polyester Zeal.
- The band is currently on the road with Sick Puppies as part of the 2016 HardDrive Live tour, which next stops on Tuesday (May 3rd in Johnson City, Tennessee and wraps up on May 21st in St. Louis. Also joining the lineup is Stitched Up Heart, Hudson and Smashing Satellites.
VOLBEAT UNVEILS NEW LYRIC VIDEO FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
Volbeat has issued a new lyric video for "The Bliss," a new song from the Danish-American act's upcoming album Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. "The Bliss" is not only very accessible, but even features a banjo solo. Guitarist Rob Caggiano told us that Volbeat follows very few rules when it comes to music: "It's one of the coolest things about this band for me, it's like there's no real boundaries, you know, like musical boundaries, so to speak. So it just makes it really fresh and interesting. So yeah, I mean, if you're asking if there's like some kind of Volbeat formula, I don't think that exists (laughs)."
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- "The Bliss" follows on the heels of the band’s current single, "The Devil’s Bleeding Crown," which has already climbed into the Top Five at rock radio.
- Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie arrives on June 3rd and is the follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
- Volbeat will spend most of the summer in Europe, returning in August for Seether's Rise Above festival in Maine on August 6th, the Heavy Montreal event on August 7th, and an opening slot for Metallica at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 8th.
ROB ZOMBIE EXPLAINS WHY HIS NEW ALBUM IS SO SHORTRob Zombie's new album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, arrived on Friday (April 29th). Zombie made the record in short stretches over a year and explained to us why that worked out: "Usually, you go in to make a record and you book six weeks at a studio, eight weeks, whatever, and you just plow through it. And you know, by the time you're getting to track eight, nine, 10, you know they're not good songs anymore. You're trying, but you're just tapped out at that point. You're like writing lyrics, everybody's bored and antsy. But by always leaving, whenever we'd come back the ideas were always different and fresh. That's why the songs are so short, because I lived with them for so long, I kept chopping parts out, you know, and I think it worked." in Biloxi, Mississippi. He'll also join Korn on a co-headlining trek this July. Zombie's latest outing as a horror film director, 31, will go into wide release this September. Back to top
TOM DELONGE SAYS HE AND BLINK-182 HAVE A FUTURE
Singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge issued a statement on Friday (April 29th) with his thoughts on the future of Blink-182, following the band's release late last week of "Bored To Death," the first single from the group's first album without DeLonge, titled California. Surprisingly, DeLonge indicated that he believes he is still part of the band, saying, "We DO have a future together if we want it."
DeLonge wrote, "I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know -- it's odd for me, too. Well, I met with Mark (Hoppus, bass) yesterday, and Travis (Barker, drums) the week before . . . I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. The answer is this: We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things."
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- DeLonge goes on to talk about working on a movie he's directing this summer, his Sekret Machines book and releasing more solo music, then discusses Blink bringing an outside songwriter into the new album.
- DeLonge explains, "That in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome . . . we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it."
- He continues, "I obviously want them to make the music they wish. I have always been thankful for them in my life, but I am a forward thinking artist, and sometimes that leads me down a different path."
- DeLonge concludes, "I look forward to my upcoming adventures, and a hell of a lot more . . . Maybe even a bit of Blink-182 if we can build back that 'special something' that was once there. "
- Blink-182 had yet to publicly commented on DeLonge's statement at press time. Hoppus and Barker said in early 2015 that DeLonge had left Blink to concentrate on his own projects DeLonge disputed that he had exited.
- The new Blink album, with guitarist and singer Matt Skiba replacing DeLonge, is out July 1st, to be followed by a lengthy tour.
SLIPKNOT MUST EVOLVE, SAYS COREY TAYLOR
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor said in a recent interview with radio host Full Metal Jackie that the band's music will have to evolve. Asked about the group's musical progression, Taylor said he and other key members have been discussing their future, explaining. "I mean, this band has always tried to find the path less traveled. We've always tried to expand the range of the music that we're making and find new ways to speak our piece, find new ways to kind of push our agenda and our message. And it's getting to the point where, at some point, the music will have to evolve."
He continued, "We've done really great things to broaden our musical horizons. At the same time, though, at some point it's gonna have to twist and it's gonna have to change even more . . . will it still feel like Slipknot? Absolutely. We write a certain type of music, even though that music may be very, very eclectic and varied, we still write what I consider Slipknot music. But at some point, that will have to evolve and become something new, because our message will have to change."
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- Slipknot has hinted that its next studio effort could be a double concept album. The group's last set, .5: The Gray Chapter, came out in late 2014.
- The band will head out on a massive North American tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men this summer, starting on June 9th in Salt Lake City.
- Asked about his plans beyond Slipknot's current tour cycle, Taylor said, "I'm doing rehearsals with Stone Sour. We're working on new material for another album. I've actually just started working on my fourth book called America 51, which my publisher is gagging for right now, just because of the state of nation. It's almost too appropriate. I've got a handful of acting gigs that I'm gonna do. I can't tell you yet, because it's kind of a surprise."