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Powerwolf - Stream Gary Moore Cover

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 19:38

July 17th marks the release of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2630&bandname=Powerwolf>Powerwolf</a>'s new album <i>Blessed & Possessed</i>. Apart from the 11 brand new tracks, fans can also hear 10 cover songs that the band recorded for <b>Metallum Nostrum</b>, which is part of the limited 2-CD Mediabook. On that note, you can check out the lyric video for their cover version of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=777&bandname=Gary+Moore>Gary Moore</a>'s "Out In The Fields" right now. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26916>Read more...</a>

GHOST's Nameless Ghoul Explains 'Meliora' Album Title

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 14:40

One of the nameless ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Metal Hammer Magazine Show". You can now listen to the chat at this location. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the title of GHOST's third album, "Meliora": "I think that the super-correct translation [from Latin] is 'for the pursuit of something better,' or 'all things better,' or something like that. It is actually more thematical with the lyrical content and the backdrop that we wanted to paint in front of which we're playing these songs, basically, which was supposed to be, or is supposed to be, a super-urban, metropolitan, pre-apocalyptic, dystopic futuristic thing. The title is more implying, ironically, this zenith that we think that we have reached. We're always building higher, and we're always getting a little bit faster, and everybody keeps earning a little bit more money, and everybody gets a little bit taller and a little bit tighter and a little bit… It's a constant improvement that we're hysterically trying to achieve." On GHOST's constantly evolving image and lyrical content: "Some of these things have been with us for many years, just because… Not only was it intended, just from a fan point of view, that we wanted to… for lack of a better way of saying it, to be a sort of an IRON MAIDEN-esque band in the sense that we wanted to revamp our schtick every time that we make a record, basically, just in order to keep it fresh and interesting, so that we could go through eras. And also, that was definitely a necessity, just because we are, also for lack of a better word, a gimmicky band. Like, aesthetically, we cannot live off, or feed off, our actual story the way that a more biographical band can, so we have to tell a story, basically. And what better way is there than to revamp into different eras." On the "departure" of GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus II and addition of Papa Emeritus III: "I think he's on some sort of vacation right now. Yeah, he's been relieved of his duties. That means that we have another one of those guys in house now, creating new problems. Different age, different problem." On being influenced by classic rock bands: "I suppose we do have have sort of archeological approach to what we're doing. We're trying to find that fine line where we're not all in just a retro band, which is very, very hard to intellectualize, because, obviously, we are embracing a lot of old-fashioned attributes in terms of playing on old-fashioned guitars and looking for a more analog feel as opposed to playing on a seven-string. Yeah, we're slightly retrospectively wallowing in the past. But we like to think that we're trying to create something… a new dish out of old seasoning." "Meliora" will be released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES). GHOST will embark on the "Black To The Future" North American headlining tour in the fall. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. on September 22.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Feat. SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY Members: 'Stiletto' Performance Video

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 14:15

"Stiletto", the new performance video from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — the classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) — can be seen below. The song is taken from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's second studio album, "Skyline Whispers", which was released on June 9 via Coroner Records. The CD was recorded at Nordic Sound Lab Studios in Skara, Sweden, was engineered by THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and Bengan Andersson, was mixed by Sebastian Forslund and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Studios in Skara. "Skyline Whispers" track listing: 01. Sail On 02. Living For The Nighttime 03. Stiletto 04. Owaranai Palisades 05. Lady Jade 06. I Ain’t Old, I Ain’t Young 07. All the Ladies 08. Spanish Ghosts 09. Demon Princess 10. Skyline Whispers 11. Roads Less Traveled 12. The Heather Reports 13. Floridian Eyes (exclusive digipak bonus track) THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA last year announced the addition of Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) on congas, percussion and guitar. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Strid and David Andersson (MEAN STREAK, session musician for SOILWORK) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. Björn and David were bonding over what they considered "classic" or not, from rock and roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you're on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive, but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not. It didn't take long before bass player D' Angelo joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK). The goal was to reclaim the '70s/early '80s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word "classic." From "Tarot Woman" to "Badlands", from "Rhiannon" to "Running on Empty", from "Blind Man" to "Night Moves", from "Deuce" to "Separate Ways", from "Elected" to "Set me Free". The list goes on. It's all about reclaiming the "classic." THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA made its live debut in August, 2013 at Dina-scenen in Lidköping, Sweden. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is: Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) - Vocals David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) - Guitar Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) - Bass Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) - Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK, ORCHID) - Drums

LEPROUS: 'Slave' Lyric Video Released

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:59

The official lyric video for the song "Slave" from Norwegian progressive metallers LEPROUS can be seen below (created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media). The track is taken from the band's latest studio album, "The Congregation", which came out on May 25 in Europe and June 2 in North America via InsideOut Music. The drums, guitars and bass for the follow-up to 2013's "Coal" were recorded at Sweden's Fascination Street and Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (KATATONIA, OPETH) and the vocals with Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums, "Bilateral" and "Coal", "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, KREATOR) at Fascination Street. Commented LEPROUS's Einar Solberg on "Slave": "I would say that 'Slave' is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich." The CD's cover artwork, which was created by artist Nihil, can be seen below. The track listing for the 65-minute effort is as follows: 01. The Price 02. Third Law 03. Rewind 04. The Flood 05. Triumphant 06. Within My Fence 07. Red 08. Slave 09. Moon 10. Down 11. Lower The video for the opening track, "The Price", can be seen below. The clip was directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films. Commented LEPROUS: "'The Price' was the obvious choice for us to make a video of. It's straight to the point, technical, focused, catchy and shows a new side of LEPROUS. "We're very happy to be working with Twitchy Films also this time, and they've done a impeccable job creating an atmospheric and artistic video clip." "The Congregation" will be available as standard jewelcase CD, digital download as well as limited import mediabook CD and 2LP editions. Physical versions feature bonus track "Pixel". LEPROUS vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg commented: "This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we've ever done. "The music of 'The Congregation' is mostly written by me on my computer, so that this time around I could use my ears instead of my knowledge as the main writing tool. If you use your knowledge and your usual methods to write every album, you will eventually find yourself stuck in a quagmire of old habits. Lyrically, 'The Congregation' covers the dangers and consequences of blindly following the flow, thus the album title will speak for itself." LEPROUS is: Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Keys Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar Øystein Landsverk - Guitar Baard Kolstad - Drums

POWERWOLF's Cover Version Of GARY MOORE's 'Out In The Fields' Available For Streaming

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:44

POWERWOLF's sixth album, "Blessed & Possessed", will be released on July 17 via Napalm. The CD was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd and was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street. The album's cover artwork was once again created by POWERWOLF guitarist Matthew Greywolf. The limited-edition version of "Blessed & Possessed" will contain a separate mediabook bonus album titled "Metallium Nostrum" featuring 10 cover songs, including the Gary Moore classic "Out In The Fields", which can be streamed below. Said POWERWOLF drummer Roel Van Helden: "Like most of us, I began listening to metal when I was 11 years old. Later I discovered THIN LIZZY, who, just like IRON MAIDEN, had a big influence on me. I still love to spin Gary Moore's records while having a good glass of wine. Also his blues phases were genius!" "Blessed & Possessed" track listing: 01. Blessed & Possessed 02. Dead Until Dark 03. Army Of The Night 04. Armata Strigoi 05. We Are The Wild 06. Higher Than Heaven 07. Christ & Combat 08. Sanctus Dominus 09. Sacramental Sister 10. All You Can Bleed 11. Let There Be Night "Metallium Nostrum" bonus album track listing: 01. A Touch Of Evil (JUDAS PRIEST) 02. Conquistadores (RUNNING WILD) 03. Edge Of Thorns (SAVATAGE) 04. Power And Glory (CHROMING ROSE) 05. Out In The Fields (GARY MOORE) 06. Shot In The Dark (OZZY OSBOURNE) 07. Gods Of War Arise (AMON AMARTH) 08. The Evil That Men Do (IRON MAIDEN) 09. Headless Cross (BLACK SABBATH) 10. Night Crawler (JUDAS PRIEST) The band said about "Army Of The Night": "'Army Of The Night' is one of the many songs of 'Blessed & Possessed' we can't wait to perform live. Already the very first time we played that song during the songwriting, the energy and dynamics literally blew us away and we felt like this is going to be a must-play. While many of the songs on 'Blessed & Possessed' are very detailed and elaborated, this one is probably one of straightest and most compact POWERWOLF songs to date." POWERWOLF's fifth album, "Preachers Of The Night", entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 1. The CD was released in July 2013 via Napalm Records. POWERWOLF's first live album, "Alive In The Night", was recorded exclusively for Metal Hammer, Germany's leading metal magazine. The CD was only available with the April 2012 issue of Metal Hammer.

Cynic - To Embark On European Tour

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:38

The awaited return from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=584&bandname=Cynic>Cynic</a> to Europe is finally upon us. The progressive trio announced their eagerly awaited European headliner tour in support of their latest album <i>Kindly Bent To Free Us</i> for October. They will be joined by Polish band <b>Tides From Nebula</b> as well as Paul Masvidal's and Amy Correia's shared project <b>Onward With Love</b>. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see the band live in Europe. For a list of all confirmed dates, see below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26914>Read more...</a>

Video Premiere: STEVEN TYLER's 'Love Is Your Name'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:28

The official video for AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler's first country single, "Love Is Your Name", can be seen below. The clip, which was filmed just outside Nashville, was previewed this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" before it went live online. "Love Is Your Name" recently landed at position No. 33 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated May 30). The track, written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay, was aided by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations in its first day of release (May 13); Tyler also performed the song that night on the season finale of Fox's "American Idol". Tyler, who recently signed to Dot Records underneath the Big Machine Label Group umbrella (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw), issued the single across multiple media properties and is promoting the track with exclusive interviews. Tyler revealed to USA Today that he won't get a chance to complete his solo album until after AEROSMITH finishes a two-month North American tour that kicked off on June 13 in Glendale, Arizona. "I've got to find time to come back and record these songs after the AEROSMITH tour," Tyler said. "But I flit from flower to flower, country to country, looking for good times and singing about the last time. That's what I'm putting into the country songs." "Love Is Your Name" was recorded at the famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Dann Huff. In a statement Tyler said that, "The first day in the studio I recorded a song that became my first single, and if 'Love is Your Name' then Nashville's my new girlfriend. I guess you could call that Beginner's Luck." AEROSMITH's summer tour includes a performance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert For Legends on August 7 in Canton, Ohio.

Cattle Decapitation - Unveil Another New Track

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:25

Who wants to hear new material from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=611&bandname=Cattle+Decapitation>Cattle Decapitation</a>? Here it is! The San Diego deathgrinders have recently unveiled another track from their newest musical offering, <i>The Anthropocene Extinction</i>. The hard-hitting opus second single, "Mammals In Babylon" is available for consumption <a href="http://www.revolvermag.com/news/cattle-decapitation-premiere.html">over here</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26913>Read more...</a>

VARG Signs With NAPALM RECORDS

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:12

German Viking metallers VARG have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band's new album, "Das Ende Aller Lügen", will be released later in the year. Check out a teaser below. Since its formation in 2005 in Coburg, Germany, VARG has released four full-length albums, which all made chart entries in Germany and Austria. The band has toured extensively throughout its career, including in North America. These Germans hit the listener right where it hurts with their intense lyrics and modern Viking metal sounds. While the music is quite rich in variety, VARG has always made a conscious effort to stay true to themselves and their influences. Comments VARG on signing with Napalm: "We are happy to announce Napalm Records as a strong and loyal partner on our side. Napalm Records is one of the most important metal labels worldwide. This partnership is nothing less than an unstoppable weapon! Attention! The Wolves are coming!"

Dragony - Announce Second Album, Cover Art Revealed

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:54

Austrian power metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8807&bandname=Dragony>Dragony</a> have announced the title of their second album, and revealed its front cover artwork. The follow-up to their debut album <i>Legends</i> from 2011, will be titled <i>Shadowplay</i>, and will be released in September via Limb Music. The album's cover artwork was designed by the Hungarian artist Péter Sallai, known from his cooperation with acts such as <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1362&bandname=Sabaton>Sabaton</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=75&bandname=Crematory>Crematory</a> or <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=143&bandname=Satyricon>Satyricon</a>. You can see the cover below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26907>Read more...</a>

Sources Of I - Upcoming EP Streaming In Full

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:38

Here is new black metal to discover. The Bulgarian band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=9058&bandname=Sources+Of+I>Sources Of I</a> is offering a full stream of their new EP <a href="/bands/album.php?album_id=83866&band_id=9058&bandname=Sources+Of+I"><i>Faces</i></a>, that will be out on August 14th through Tanquam Aegri Somnia (Kaotoxin). You can stream it via SoundCloud below. <i>Faces</i>, the debut EP by the band, is a 21 minutes epic, doomy, black metal journey. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26908>Read more...</a>

Angel Vivaldi - Share New Video

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:28

Last year, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7428&bandname=Angel+Vivaldi>Angel Vivaldi</a> released the excellent EP, <i>Away With Words Part 1</i>. Now you can check out the newest video from the progressive metal band for the track ". _ _ _ _" (One). This is a perfect opportunity to discover <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7428&bandname=Angel+Vivaldi>Angel Vivaldi</a>'s music if you still haven't. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26912>Read more...</a>

METALLICA Co-Manager PETER MENSCH Says There Is A Lack Of Quality New Hard Rock Bands

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:22

Peter Mensch, a co-owner of Q Prime, a talent management company that has handled the careers of such artists as METALLICA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AC/DC and LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, spoke about the current state of the music business on the latest edition of BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. You can now listen to the chat at BBC.co.uk. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the record industry has changed in the last thirty years: Mensch: "Well, the business model was, obviously, great back then. You invested a certain amount of time and energy, even though you didn't get paid for a couple of years. As you put out increasingly successful albums, there were hundreds of people out promoting your records and selling them. Now the record business is contracting. Fewer and fewer records get sold or streamed. Less money is there. So what we've had to do is, basically, expand our management company to almost duplicate a record company. We're making deals with individual record companies in various countries, so they can work our records individually. The global business is fragmenting." On diminishing record sales and the need for bands to stay out on the road for longer periods of time: Mensch: "What used to happen, obviously, you used to sell enough records either to not go on tour, but you had enough money to go make another record, or do both. And it used to be, up until probably the '90s, that you'd make as much money on tour as you'd make selling records. Now you make one tenth of that money on record sales or streaming. The biggest problem with the new record business is I don't know who the fans are. Fans are the people who will actually pay for something. [Like] pay for a ticket. I don't really care so much if you won't pay for an album anymore — I've kind of understood that that horse has bolted — but if I don't get you to pay for a ticket, then you're not really a fan of mine. And so, therefore my band won't make any money, and they may, at the age of 33, have to look around and go, 'It's time to join Uncle Simon's car dealership down the street.'" On where the heavy metal fans have gone: Mensch: "The golden age of music could be the '60s or the '70s or '80s or '90s. More and more, what people are doing is they're holding on to the acts that they love. Basically, I happen to know there are various members of [the British] parliament who still go to heavy metal shows in their forties and fifties. I've seen the PM [Prime Minister] at a Gillian Welch show, because he likes the record. So if you like music, you'll still indulge. What you won't do is you won't buy new records." On whether it's easier or harder for new artists to break into the business nowadays: Mensch: "It's way more difficult. Nowadays you may not care about going to a concert or mucking around in the rain at Glastonbury [festival] to see them due to one song that you now own, because you can buy each album individually. So my job is to convince you that the band that I'm interested in promoting is an album band, a band of your life." On the appeal of hard rock and where it is now: Mensch: "The appeal of hard rock was simple, and I still think it exists, except there aren't quality new hard rock bands to keep it up. Hard rock used to appeal, essentially, to your average 15-year-old male: he had bad skin, he didn't like his parents, girls didn't like him, and he was an angry kid; he was frustrated. And, lo and behold, there were ten thousand other people like yourself. The problem is, and interestingly in hard rock, and we ask this all the time, where is the new METALLICA? Please, anybody out there that's in a hard rock band under the age of 25, call me. We need you." On whether some of the parody of the music business that is portrayed in the "This Is Spinal Tap" movie (1984) is justified: Mensch: "Of course it's justified, but it doesn't just reside with hard rock bands. Trust me, alternative bands could be just as… interesting to deal with… equally funny at times, but in a different way."

CHILDREN OF BODOM's JANNE WIRMAN Talks Split With ROOPE LATVALA, Upcoming 'I Worship Chaos' Album (Video)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:55

Kaaos TV conducted an interview with CHILDREN OF BODOM and WARMEN members Janne Wirman and Antti Wirman at the Tuska open-air festival in Helsinki, Finland on June 28. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when they realized that they needed to part ways with guitarist Roope Latvala: "We realized before… We started recording the new album ['I Worship Chaos'], I think, early April, and right before that, we realized that he will not be a part of the recordings. So that's when things started happening." On whether it was obvious that they would choose Antti Wirman to fill the guitarist slot in CHILDREN OF BODOM: "No, it wasn't obvious, but then, when we thought that, 'Okay, now we need to find somebody quick, and it would be better for us that we all know the guy,' so that we wouldn't just have to pick somebody from somewhere, and whatever. And also, you need to be skilled enough to play the fucking songs, 'cause some of them are fuckin'… Hmmm, well, I blame Alexi [Laiho, CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist and main songwriter]. We both do. I mean, all of my problems… it's always Alexi. So, yeah, we quickly realized the easy, logical choice was to go with [Antti]." On the musical direction of CHILDREN OF BODOM's upcoming album, "I Worship Chaos": "Well, I don't know… I think it's a bit different. Everybody who's heard it so far has said it's way darker, and it has a darker atmosphere. So… It's different. It's always different. C.O.B. does not wanna release the same album over and over again, so we try to do something different every time." On the cover songs CHILDREN OF BODOM chose to include on the digibook version of "I Worship Chaos""Mistress Of Taboo" (PLASMATICS), "Danger Zone" (KENNY LOGGINS) and "Black Winter Day" (AMORPHIS): "[We picked them] very randomly, like always. We just… Everybody has an idea and then we check them and try different things. We even recorded more songs, but some of them didn't work out. Usually we just have to make them work, even though they wouldn't work out. But now, this time, we had a couple of other ideas that we realized are not gonna be so good, so we were lucky enough to have three working versions." On whether it was a label decision for CHILDREN OF BODOM to cover an AMORPHIS song for "I Worship Chaos" while AMORPHIS also covered a CHILDREN OF BODOM track for their upcoming CD: "No, it definitely was not a label thing. We came up with it, and we decided… we talked to those guys, and we decided it could be a nice challenge… We challenge them to do a cover, and vice versa. So, yeah, I know I know it kind of sounds like a label idea, but it was not." On how CHILDREN OF BODOM chose AMORPHIS's "Black Winter Day" to cover on "I Worship Chaos": "We were listening to some of their early stuff and just decided that this song would transform into a C.O.B. version more naturally than some of the other stuff." "I Worship Chaos" will be released worldwide on October 2 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork for the CD was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi. "I Worship Chaos" was once again recorded at Helsinki, Finland's Danger Johnny Studios and was produced by CHILDREN OF BODOM and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums "Halo Of Blood", "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll". The CD was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's CHRIS KAEL Talks Memphis Onstage Meltdown, 'Got Your Six' Album (Video)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:07

LoudTV.net recently conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's recent onstage "meltdown" in Memphis: "You've got five brothers out on the road, and all five brothers are trying to vie to be the 'big dog.' I mean, we're all very confident in ourselves, but we know the DEATH PUNCH works with those five very different personalities. So, yeah, shit happens. I certainly don't feel good about how things went down. As brothers, you're gonna fight behind the scenes a lot, but that one kind of spilled out on the stage. I'm a very positive person, and negative shit like that pisses me off. So… Enough said on that one. [Laughs]" On whether FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH would continue if one member were to leave or get fired: "Well, I mean, fuck… I think right now we have the strongest lineup that DEATH PUNCH has ever had. We all work really well together. We are all adept at addressing stuff when it needs to be addressed and avoiding stuff when you can get away with it. So, personality wise, I like to think that this lineup is gonna last quite some time. I mean, we finished the final puzzle with me, 'cause I joined four years ago, so no more changes. I was the last one." On working with producer Kevin Churko again on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's forthcoming album, "Got Your Six": "He's pretty much like the sixth member of DEATH PUNCH. He's one of those guys… We are all very alpha male, so he's perfect at rounding all of us up and putting together the best of what we do." On FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's songwriting approach on "Got Your Six": "We killed ourselves on the last one [2013's 'The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell']; that was a hard record, just in the sense of… It wasn't so hard in writing, 'cause we write all the time, so it just happened to be during that process, during that cycle, we had plenty of songs. Trying to put those out… And we didn't wanna give away any of them, or lose any of them, so we put the double album. But this time, just a single album… The mentality of 'Got Your Six', we wanted a hard-rocking, kind of, metal album. We've had some great success with songs like 'Coming Down', 'Remember Everything'… kind of lighter fare. And we're great at doing that. But this album cycle, we were kind of in a pissed off place, and it shows on the record. So, good 4/4 stomps. If I had to tell somebody what it was like, going into it, we wanted to kind of keep it like 'Lift Me Up' and 'Under And Over It'. That was the vibe we were going for. There's one really heavy song. I can't remember… I mention this song every time I do an interview, and I need to learn the damn name of it, 'cause I remember the chorus. But, when you're listening to it, the chorus goes, 'Click clack, reload.' It's my new favorite DEATH PUNCH song. Heavy!" "Got Your Six" will be released on August 28 through Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven Music outside North America. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will head out on a co-headlining fall tour with PAPA ROACH. The trek kicks off on September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky, winding down on October 9 in Glen Falls, New York. Also along will be IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW. The two headliners actively involved their fans in the routing of the tour by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a "demand campaign." Some 1.5 million people responded and made their choices known.