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Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor stepped into the hot seat to defend the bands new music video for “The Motherload“—which as you likely know by now features a whole lot of twerking. Replying to accusations from the press that the video is sexist, Dailor told Pitchfork:

“I know! I’m really upset. I don’t know. The last thing that I wanted to do was come on and be defensive, because I don’t feel like I should have to defend it. It’s a music video and it’s really not supposed to be something that gets people this upset because this was really a fun thing that doesn’t really mean too much. It’s not to be taken so seriously.

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.”

Nasty Sign With Good Fight Music

Good Fight Music have scored the North American rights to the release Belgian outfit Nasty‘s new album. That as-yet untitled set will surface stateside through the label next year. Good Fight‘s head honcho Carl Severson said of the signing:

Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we’d heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.”

If you’ve yet to experience the band, their below video for their track “Lying When They Love Us” should do the trick:
click here for the video…

Fuck The Facts Streaming “Abandoned” EP

Fuck The Facts are presently streaming their new EP “Abandoned” in full below after the break. That set will be released tomorrow, October 01st, and features three songs written during the bands “Die Miserable” sessions.

The effort marks the bands first release through their own Noise Salvation label. Band guitarist Topon Das told Exclaim of that venture:

“I’m not saying labels are bad, or that we’ll never sign to a label again, but when I think about ‘making it,’ it’s not signing a record contract. Fuck the Facts and creating music in general is something I plan on doing for a long time. It’s not something I ever plan on becoming rich doing, but being able to sustain a music career where I have total control is my idea of success.”

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No Machine (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Premiere “Get It Together”

No Machine—who among others feature The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer—have debuted another new track online. You can now hear “Get It Together” from their new EP “Volume One” below thanks to Revolver. That outing will be released on Intheclouds Records on October 07th.
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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor To Take Some Time Off From Touring

Amid a conversation about his and Atticus Ross‘ newly released “Gone Girl” score (stream it here,) Nine Inch Nails, etc. mastermind Trent Reznor revealed to Rollingstone.com that he doesn’t plan to tour again for a good while. Having just wrapped up an elaborate world run in support of “Hesitation Marks“, Reznor said of his current musical plans:

“That’s a good question. I just got off tour a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been tying up loose ends this the whole time. So I’ve got a few things that are considerations. I’m not deeply involved in anything at the moment. I just want to center myself and see what feels exciting. It won’t be touring for a while.”

When asked what was wrong with touring, he responded:

“No, I enjoyed it. But I’ve found as I’ve gotten older that, you know, between this and How to Destroy Angels, I’ve been out for 18 months. That’s enough. I’m ready to wake up in the same location for a while.”

Team Sleep‘s Todd Wilkinson has spoken with Pledgemusic.com about the reactivation of Team Sleep. The band announced their return last month and will be inviting fans into the studio while they track the effort. Frontman Chino Moreno (also of Deftones, etc.) also recently debuted some new material from the effort here.

Speaking on how far along the band are with the album, Wilkinson revealed that drummer Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies/ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan) is also now involved with the band:

Chuck and I have been writing and playing together for a couple years at his house in Laurel Canyon. Chino has been a part of it. So has our friend Gil Sharone. We actually performed at a trade show thing. It was Chuck, Chino, Gil and me. And Chino’s son Kobe played keys. I love that kid. At some point, Crook sent us a few beats and we all got super excited. We were going to call it something else, but then it just seemed natural to call it Team Sleep.

I hadn’t seen Zach for a long time, but when the opportunity came to do the Woodstock Session, he was just moving back to Sacramento. He was staying with a friend across the street from me and we kept running into each other. He said he wanted to play; the songs with Crook and Chuck were coming together and it all just seemed like the right time.

I guess the story is that we are super excited to be in the same room together. I love all of these dudes, and it’s a cool way to bring TS back. We still have a ton of stuff with Gil and more on deck with Crook. We’re planning a lot of different things with rotating line-ups, but I’m very glad to bring it back with the original guys.”

When asked what has changed with the band in the new ten years since their last release:

“We’re all good at writing parts, but Chuck actually knows what he’s doing. Working with him has helped us take parts and develop them into more complete songs. I’m not really aware of how things are that different. I’m not sure what to expect; that’s what makes it exciting.”

You can pre-order the album now via Pledge Music.

Devin Townsend Invites Fans Into Ziltoid’s Cockpit With ‘ZTV’

Devin Townsend has flicked the switch on Ziltoid.com and launched the first episode in a new series of ‘ZTV‘. If you’ve given up the desktop/laptop life you can watch the episode itself below. Otherwise you should take a spin over to the above-mentioned link to experience it from the cockpit of Ziltoid‘s spaceship. Townsend‘s new double-album “” will officially meet a release on October 28th.
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Vanishing Life have given their new track “People Running” its proper digital debut below via Noisey. The outfit features an impressive roster of talent within their lineup, which runs as follows:

Vocals/guitars – Walter Schreifels (Quicksand/Rival Schools, etc.)
Guitars – Zach Blair (Rise Against)
Bass – Autry Fulbright (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)
Drums – Jamie Miller (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)

A 7″ for the song will be issued on October 14th and feature the eponymous track “Vanishing Life” on the b-side. Collect Records—the fledgling label headed up by Geoff Rickly of Thursday/United Nations, etc. fame—will handle the release.

The band will follow that release with their apparent live debut on October 18th. The group will be on hand for signings and performances at both Generation Records and Looney Tunes Records in New York City on that day.
click here for the stream…

Raunchy Reveal Details For New Album “Vices.Virtues.Visions.”

Raunchy‘s new album “Vices.Virtues.Visions.” is now headed for a November 14th release date overseas on Massacre Records. The effort marks the bands first with their latest frontman, Mike Semesky (Intervals, ex-The HAARP Machine). A new song from the effort will arrive within a few weeks, until then the track listing and cover art for the release have been unveiled below:

01 – “Eyes Of A Storm
02 – “Truth Taker
03 – “Digital Dreamer
04 – “Never Enough
05 – “The Castaway Crown
06 – “Anasthesia Throne
07 – “Luxuria
08 – “I, Avarice” (feat. Flemming C. Lund of The Arcane Order/Invocator)
09 – “Frozen Earth
10 – “Clarity
11 – “The Singularity Heart
click here for the cover art…

TesseracT Announce New Label Deal

TesseracT have announced a new label deal with Kscope Records. The bands Amos Williams said of their signing:

“Really looking forward to discovering the possibilities of working with such a creative label. We admire everything Kscope‘s done with bands like Anathema, Katatonia and Steven Wilson, and can’t wait to see where they will guide TesseracT in this new chapter of the band. Very excited!”

Cradle Of Filth Book Studio Time For New Album

Cradle Of Filth will enter the studio on November 24th to begin recording their new album, which currently has the working title of “Hammer Of The Witches“. The group expect to have the effort out in June and currently have around fifteen songs written for it.

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