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Refused Guitarist Jon Brännström Says He Has Been Fired From The Band

While Refused remain on hiatus following a 2012 victory lap, guitarist Jon Brännström took to the bands Facebook today to announce he has been fired from the outfit. His message on that can be found below:

“I was fired from Refused a while ago. I wasn’t given a reasonable explanation and wasn’t even invited to sit down and talk about it, so I’m not completely sure why they decided to go on without me. We’ve always been better at punk rock than democratic processes and dealing with conflicts, so I guess I’m not too surprised it went down like this. Quite sad indeed, but perhaps it’s all for the best.

I have always been more interested in writing music than reproducing it, more at home in the studio than on the road. Comfortable with slow intellectual processes rather than reacting instinctively in tumbling settings. What hurts me the most, is obviously the gesture. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve made art together and have been tied to together through Refused for twenty years. I used to be proud to call these people my friends.

Enough rationalization and moaning, though. I’m writing to you through this forum to express my gratitude. If it weren’t for you Refused wouldn’t have happened in the first place. All of you who made, and still make, wonderful art, thus inspiring us to also try to do so. All the people whose fights fueled ours. Those who couldn’t stand oppression, who took action against capitalism, racism and sexism. All of you who through words and activism lit sparks, kept ideas of solidarity alive, who actually made a change.

And of course all you beautiful people who came and made our shows. Who gave us feedback on our music through dancing, shouting, late night discussions, through bombarding us with human faeces. You made it happen in the nineties, you made it happen during our reunion a couple of years ago. Touching to say the least. And I know you’ll keep it up. Fighting, dancing and creating forever. I know I will. Through my music, through my work, through interactions, through speaking up. Just not through the forum of Refused anymore.

From the very bottom of my heart, thank you. See you in the pit.

Love.

Jon Brännström.”

Title Revealed For Slayer’s New Track For Scion A/V

The title for the new Slayer track which the band have been working on for a release exclusively via Scion A/V appears to be “When The Stillness Comes“. Various brief previews of the track are available in the below videos recently released through Scion. A new album from the group is in the works for a 2015 release on their own Nuclear Blast imprint.
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Cave In, etc. guitarist Adam McGrath has released the first EP from his new project, King Duane Sunnapee. As McGrath details below, the project is quite a departure from what you would expect from him. You can stream/download it after the break:

“Good morning and Happy Halloween! Id like to share with you a recording project I’ve been working on the past year. I was inspired by Fripp/Eno, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo, Sun Araw, Sun Ra, Ritchie Blackmore, Grinderman and Pink Floyd. I don’t really know how to describe this material and i don’t think it will be for everyone but check it out if interested. Thank you so much to my friends Johnny Naahthrup Alex Hartman Steve Brodskyand Q for help and support in making this happen. Cheers and thanks for listening!”

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As Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor approaches his 50th birthday (May 17th) next year, the prolific musician is looking forward to slowing down a bit more. He told Billboard.com of his future plans:

“I don’t see any full-fledged rock extravaganza happening maybe ever, certainly not for the next several years. But the idea of putting myself in something that doesn’t feel as comfortable to me — I feel confident I can do that, or until my body falls apart on me. Being onstage alone or with a string quartet, in a theater, it’s not right around the corner, but…”

He later added:

“…I’d like to get it to a place where it’s not a commitment of a year of being away, because I don’t want to miss being a father — being present. I would like to create more, in quicker intervals, rather than make an album, disappear for years, go on tour.”

Reznor also opened up regarding his intent to push himself and his cohorts during the making of the bands latest album “Hesitation Marks“:

“…On the last album, Hesitation Marks, we did something that impressed me. I said, “This same team of people have done the last several albums, we’re comfortable with each other. I know what’s going to happen. Let’s bring in someone else as a producer. And let’s empower them to see what happens.” It meant everyone taking a step back and relinquishing some power. At some point we all went, “This is bullshit. This isn’t leading to a better result. This is just clutter.” It only lasted a couple weeks.”

When asked who the producer was and how it impacted the process, he replied:

“It was Markus Dravs, who has worked with Arcade Fire quite a bit. He’s a song-based guy that’s less a studio rat, engineer-type like we are. I don’t want to throw him under the bus. I’m not here to talk shit about him. But there was a lot of “Let’s get an ensemble of people to play this thing,” and “We need an arranger to do that.” It didn’t feel like it was leading anywhere. I respect the guy and it didn’t end in a fistfight or anything. He was a means to an end to make us realize that our instincts about the record were the right way to go. The record that was finished, I’m very proud of. It felt like a reinvention to me”

A long proponent of technology and its impact on music, Reznor himself remains unsure on where the industry is headed:

“I am on the side of streaming music, and I think the right streaming service could solve everybody’s problems. Ownership is waning. Everybody is comfortable with the cloud — your documents, who knows where they are? They are there when you need them. That idea that I’ve got my records on the shelf doesn’t feel as important even to me as it used to. I just think we haven’t quite hit the right formula yet.”

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Emigrate (Rammstein) Release “Eat You Alive” Music Video

Emigrate—the side project of Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe, have debuted a music video for the track “Eat You Alive“. Frank Dellé of Seeed guests on the song, which will be released as part of Emigrate‘s new album “Silent So Long” on December 09th in North America. There’s a long line of other guests that also appear upon the album, including, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Marilyn Manson, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis and Peaches
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Last night saw 36 Crazyfists debut a brand new song titled “Also Am I” as well as announce their signing to Spinefarm records via a new label venture. Today the band have commented on that signing, with Brock Lindow offering:

“We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records. and although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn’t be more grateful to unleash the beast that is Time and Trauma with their help. 20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!”

That aforementioned new album, “Time And Trauma“, is now headed towards an as-yet unspecified February release. Tonight will see the group kick off theirs and Skinlab‘s joint 20th anniversary tour, dates for which are available here.

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