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Black Veil Brides Singer Says People Write Them Off As A “Fa**y Makeup Band”

Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack took some time to discuss the bands new album “IV” with The group have been working on the effort with producer Bob Rock (Metallica, The Offspring) for an October 28th release date. When asked of the lyrical content on the new album, Biersack replied:

“Very angry. I feel like in a lot of ways I had a lot of aggression towards the state of how we were perceived. Obviously some people will see, “Oh, he’s the guy who yells at awards shows” or whatever. But in a lot of ways, we had made this record [Wretched and Divine] so large in scale and had this grand story and we did the film. There was a certain level of frustration when you feel you do this thing so large and great, but there were so many people who just refused to listen to the songs, like, “They’re a faggy makeup band.”

I think on some level, when I was younger that used to affect me. In a way, I enjoyed looking back on those feelings because I don’t really care anymore. I can’t write about things in the moment anyway, but in a way I wanted to re-tap into those aggressive feelings. I think if anything thematically there is a lot more angst on this record in general. I’m shooting from the hip a lot more on this one. There’s no grand story and the metaphors aren’t as strong. So it’s a return to form—more like our first album, lyrically.”

In regards to the music, he offered:

“With the songs being more directed at a personal more angst feel, I think things are definitely heavier. Everybody says this is their heaviest and most melodic but it truly is for us. The feeling was, let’s really do something aggressive. We felt that way as a reaction from our own work. When we made ‘Wretched and Divine’ and as much as I love it, it’s a pretty sparkly record—it’s a record that could be done as a play because it’s very theatrical with no grit.

Like many artists, we don’t want to redo what we did. We’re savvier musicians than we were five or six years ago. We were writing songs together as opposed to fragmented in the studio. So we really wrote songs together, making decisions collectively with Bob there, and went back to a much more grittier and heavier sound.”

Scar Symmetry will issue the first in a planned trilogy of conceptually linked albums on October 14th in North America through Nuclear Blast. That first part of the series will be titled “The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)” and the cover art for it done by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is available below.
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Former Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold‘s has provided the following mashup of his band The Elite and gangsta rap classic, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. You can hear the mashup, rechristened “Nuthin’ But An ‘Elite’ Thang” below:
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Palms (Deftones/Ex-Isis) Expand Fall US Tour, Add The Beta Machine On Select Dates

Palms (Deftones/ex-Isis) have expanded their fall US tour and announced the addition of The Beta Machine (A Perfect Circle/Puscifer) on select stops:

09/21 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (feat. The Beta Machine)
09/22 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (feat. The Beta Machine)
09/24 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
09/25 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
09/26 Austin, TX – Mohawk
09/27 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
09/28 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/29 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09/30 Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster St. Ice House
10/02 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls

As was previously rumored, the Melvins will in fact be releasing a new album titled “Hold It In“. That effort will arrive in stores on October 14th through Ipecac Recordings to be exact and will indeed feature Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of Butthole Surfers fame in the lineup alongside Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne and Dale Crover.

Osborne said of the release:

Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit. Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”

That lineup are due to mount the following tour in support of the album:

10/15 Sacramento, CA – Assembly
10/17 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music
10/18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/19 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/21 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/22 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
10/24 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
10/25 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
10/26 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
10/28 Dallas, TX – Trees
10/29 Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/30 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Studio
10/31 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
11/01 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
11/02 Gainesville, FL – The Wooly
11/03 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
11/04 Orlando, FL – The Social
11/05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
11/06 Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theater
11/08 Atlanta, GA – The Loft at Center Stage
11/09 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

Machine Head Actually Working With Colin Richardson On New Album Mix

While this photo posted by Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn yesterday suggested that the group were mixing their new album with Andy Sneap (Carcass, Killswitch Engage), this is not the case. Sneap has since stated that he is not involved with the effort. Instead, the group have again enlisted Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Behemoth) to mix the outing, which will arrive this fall on Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

More Dates Revealed For Limp Bizkit & Machine Gun Kelly Fall Tour

A wealth of dates have now been revealed for Limp Bizkit & Machine Gun Kelly‘s fall North American tour. Here’s what’s come to light ahead of an official announcement:

09/19 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
09/27 Maplewood, MN – Myth
09/28 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/30 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/01 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
10/03 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
10/06 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/07 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
10/10 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
10/11 Wallingford, CT – The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre
10/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

Obituary’s Backdrop Stolen In Holland

Thieves absconded with Obituary‘s backdrop at the ‘Stonehenge Festival‘ in Steenwijk, Holland this past Saturday. The group said of the matter:

“This is a post that we hoped would never have to happen but we need to let our fans know the situation and hope that one of you can help us.
Saturday, at Stonehenge Festival in Steenwijk, Holand somebody stole our BackDrop. It happen right after our performance while we were packing up our equipment. Here is a photo of it so, if you know who has it or think you might know anything about this Please helps us get it back! Can’t describe how important it is to us and it really sucks for the band and the fans these remaining shows to see Obituary without it hanging! Real Bummer!!
We are Offering a Reward to the person who helps us get it back. Please, let us know if you have any information about this.
Email us at:”

A picture of the backdrop in question can be seen after the break. The band are readying their new crowdfunded album “Inked In Blood” for an October release on Relapse.
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