Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Black Veil Brides to go punk?

Goth Metal outfit Black Veil Brides say their third studio album is "going to be a punk rock record".

The band spoke to NME at Download last weekend and discussed their plans for their third studio effort and follow-up to 2011's 'World's On Fire'.

"We've got three songs tracked. We've set ourselves a deadline of the end of August to finish it. We've got 20 to 25 songs written and we're narrowing it down now," Singer Andy Biersack revealed. "It's going to be more of a punk rock record than anything we've done before. It's Social Distortion meets Metallica."

Biersack also revealed that the band have a title prepared for the record, as well as a concept.

"We've got a title, we've got a story. It's a bit of a concept record; there's a very serious story behind it. It's full of surprises."

Monday, 11 June 2012

Download 2013 Early Bird

This year's Download festival may have only just ended but the organisers are already looking to the future.

A limited number of Early bird tickets for Download 2013 are going to go on sale this Friday (June 15).

The event will take place at Donington Park on June 14-16 2013. And with the announcing of these Early Bird tickets, there is also the introduction of a brand new deposit scheme to pay for the tickets.

Let's hope the weather for next year's Download is better than this year's. In a recent statement, Download directory John Probyn commented on the weather conditions, stating: "We can assure customers that every effort was made to prepare the ground prior to the event. All options were considered to manage this situation, but unfortunately there was nothing that could be done...we will use the events of 2012 to once again improve the site for years to come."

The tickets will be available from 9am June 15 from here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Are Arctic Monkeys heavy metal?

They've been developing a new, harder-hitting sound since the release of their fourth album 'Suck It And See'. They've even been selected to play at Metallica's Orion Festival this summer. But are the Arctic Monkeys heavy metal? Lars Ulrich seems to think so...

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich defended the decision to invite the band to perform at the Orion music festival. He told the magazine "for me, having the Arctic Monkeys on there is big. I think they're heavy metal disguised as an indie band."

Ulrich even went as far as comparing the band to Canadian prog icons Rush, claiming that he feels there is "almost a Rush element" in 'Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...'.

So what do you think? Are Arctic Monkeys a heavy metal band in disguise? Is there a hint of Rush in 'Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...'? Let us know.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Black Sabbath album plans

Black Sabbath have revealed that a new album could well be out next year.

"We've written about 15 songs so far, whether they'll get on an album I don't know," Ozzy told NME in a recent interview. "I was trying to work out where would we be now musically if we'd have stayed together?"

Ozzy also hinted that the album, if it is made, would be released next year. "Next year, '2013', is a good clue of what we'll call the album."

Guitarist Tony Iommi also took the opportunity to speak about the band's dynamic.
"We've had ups and downs over the years, even feuds, and this that and the other. But it all sorts out, the friendship never goes away, whatever's going on. If we're suing each other, we're still friends. It's weird...this band is really strange like that."

Monday, 4 June 2012

Slipknot announce festival

Slipknot have announced their own festival, which will take place this August.

The event, known as 'Knotfest', will take place August 17 and 18 in Iowa and Somerset (Wisconsin) respectively.

The band will perform at the festival alongside some massive metal acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Deftones, Lamb Of God and Serj Tankian.

In addition to performances the festival will feature a Slipknot museum, fairground rides, burlesque entertainment and other carnival-esque entertainment - such as firebreathers, big tops and "drum circles made of junkyard cars".

"[The festival is] all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock and roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be," Shawn Crahan told Rolling Stone. "It's time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we're in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around."

Friday, 1 June 2012

Ozzy talks retirement

Ozzy Osbourne has spoken out regarding the issue of retirement.

Before you get worried, folks, Ozzy isn't retiring. Nor does he have any intention of doing so.

In a recent interview, Ozzy stated that retirement wasn't an option for him and he expressed a keen desire to stay in the music business for as long as possible.

"How the fuck can I retire? It's not a job. I didn't go 'ooh, I'm 65 now, I'm gonna get my pension and look at my photo album from when I met Paul McCartney'," Ozzy told Kerrang! magazine. "It's a passion! Do you ever stop having sex?"