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On December 3, Igor Cavalera (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA) was interviewed by Apes Metal at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.Asked what advice he would give to young, up-and-coming artists who don't have a lot of money to record and promote their music, Igor said: "I don't know. A lot of things changed. For example, when we started, we didn't have a lot of money, and it was a lot more difficult to record — you needed to go to a professional studio, and that cost a lot of money, where nowadays I think it's a lot easier to record your demos. There's a lot of home studios [that] sound amazing. So, in that sense, I think things… I'm not saying it's easier, but it is a little more… I don't know… It's okay to do this [without going into a professional, expensive recording studio] whereas in those days, if you didn't have a proper demo, people wouldn't really listen to it. Like, most of our recordings, they were from a cassette, like in a boombox, and they were, like, demos — not really a professional album done that way. But I have to say it's the same thing. At the same time now, you have the Internet with a very easy access of people. If they hear the name of your band, they can just type [it into their phone or computer] and find something like either a video or a sound sample of it. So, I don't know… The fight is still the same. But at the same time, people are getting overexposed with way too much information on bands."He continued: "I think it's really hard to find a recipe on how to make it, how to make your band [successful]. I think the best way to do it, it's simple again — it's, like, working super hard, and that's something that me and Max [Cavalera, Igor's former SEPULTURA and current CAVALERA CONSPIRACY bandmate] always did; we never [sat] down at home and just [waited] for things to happen. We've been on the road for more than 30 years. There's a lot of sacrifices there. So I think that's what I can tell young bands — it's a lot of work. You can't just expect people to… Even if your music is amazing, people are not gonna listen unless you're out there, you're pushing yourself, you're playing as much shows as you can and you're sending your… whatever. Back in the day, we would send tapes to fanzines. Nowadays you can send messages online and try to get your music across. So hard work is the name, I think, of the game."According to Igor, however, it's all worth it in the end. "It is, when I look at it [from the point of view that] I can feed my kids, I can go on tour with my brother, I can do something that I love, it's worth it," he said. "Of course, there's a lot of sacrifices, there's a lot of missing birthdays from people at home [while] you're on tour, and there's nothing you can do. But I think at the end of the day, we do what we love, and that's important."CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's latest album, "Psychosis", was released on November 17 via Napalm Records. The disc, which was produced by the Cavaleras' longtime friend Arthur Rizk, was recorded primarily at a studio in Phoenix, Arizona.Igor and Max have spent the past year a half on the road as part of the the "Return To Roots" tour, during which they are celebrating the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety.
DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie was interviewed by Metal Matt Bolender of CC Rock prior to the group's recent performance in Oakland, California. The full chat can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):On the band's recent "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, in which the group performed their landmark 1992 album "Images And Words" in its entirety:James: "We were out for almost a year touring behind 'The Astonishing'. What was rearing its beautiful head was the fact that the 25th anniversary of 'Images And Words' was coming up, and we definitely had to — I mean, that was an iconic album for us; it put us on the map globally — so it was something that couldn't be ignored, so we had to pay tribute to it. We had to say, 'This is what we've got to do — most of '17, we have to get behind this album and go out and tour it. So, that's how that came about — it was kind of like, 'Okay, let's phase out 'The Astonishing', and let's bring in the anniversary tour.'"On how it feels to revisit "Images And Words":James: "As a band, and as people, we reminisce about those times. It brings up a lot of memories; we're kind of reliving the moments back then when we started out. When we first started out with the 'Images' tour, it was the band and a tour manager in a van, driving from city to city, playing little clubs, showering at the clubs. Days off, we'd get a day room. We paid our dues, and then all of a sudden, 'Pull Me Under' blew up, and everything just exploded for us. It was a completely different world."It also puts perspective on where we were — just how precarious a business it is. If 'Pull Me Under' hadn't taken off, I don't think you and I would be sitting here talking today. Granted, we would have continued to tour. Would we have been going to Europe, Japan and everywhere else? Maybe, but to what capacity? I don't know. If the album hadn't been successful, yes, the label might have let us do another album, but if that album had been mediocre in the water too because we didn't get any recognition, I think that would have been the end of us. 'Pull Me Under' really was that catalyst that gave us that template or wave that we were able to ride for quite some time, and allowed us to be doing this 25, 30 years later. We're very fortunate that that did happen.”On the band's future:James: "I would like to see that DREAM THEATER as an entity, that we'd be doing this for at least another 10-plus years. I really do. I see that everyone is kind of collected — that we're all in agreement to that. I remember saying this to Jordan [Rudess, keyboards] when we were over in Asia — I said, 'I can see me playing guitar and singing DREAM THEATER songs in a more acoustic setting, and playing little intimate clubs and just having fun with it that way,' but who knows what's in the cards? I think it has to always make sense. I think the day that someone's just saying the reason you're going to do something is because of this [makes money gesture], it's all wrong. But right now, I think that we're all having an incredible time out here, and I think that's what we're riding on right now. We're all looking forward to the next album. We all pretty much know where we want to go with the next album, but we have a clear, clear vision of what it needs to be in direction, where we want to take it. That's exciting. That won't be out until '19. '18 will be rest time, and then get into the studio and write and record, and come out with a new album in 2019 and start another tour."DREAM THEATER's next studio album — its 14th — will be the band's first for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.
VENOM — the legendary, hugely influential British heavy metal trio notorious for causing outrage and panic, and molding the history of darker music — will digitally release a new, three-track EP, titled "100 Miles To Hell", through Spinefarm Records on December 22. It will be available via D2C basis on January 19 in the U.S."100 Miles To Hell" features three brand new studio recordings: "We The Loud", "Beaten To A Pulp" and the title track. It marks the first "fresh" VENOM material since the "From The Very Depths" studio album, which arrived in 2015.This limited-edition EP will be available on three different formats: 12-inch vinyl (complete with giant poster); cassette and download; and an exclusive T-shirt, which can also be acquired as part of the bundle, while supplies last.In terms of music, lyrics, and artwork, the "100 Miles To Hell" package is cast in the classic VENOM mold, pushing all of the buttons (and turning all of the crosses) you'd expect from a band led into action by vocalist/bassist/producer and original VENOM titan, Conrad "Cronos" Lant — an iconic performer whose ability to fuse the attitude of punk with the power of metal has long been a signature of the nefarious VENOM sound.Cronos recently spoke to Metal Rules about the evolution of VENOM's songwriting. "The thing is we, as a band, we are evolving the black metal thing," he explained. 'Because, for me, it has to be exciting, it has to be new, it has to be dangerous. It has to stay in motion. It has to make me excited to do it. I couldn't just do the 'Welcome To Hell' night after night; it would be too boring. So, they know I like to be challenged. I need to create new shit, and I like to twist VENOM a lot and cut and pull it. I like to create an album that people kind of go, 'That wasn't expected.'"For a band that's been going this long, if we're not going to continue to evolve, I think we're dead," he continued. "But you don't want to forget where you came from. [You want] to be able to play songs from back in the day, so that the people in the audience can hear them and hear the song that they love — played the way that it was played. I think it is special."Cronos went on to say that his current VENOM bandmates — guitarist Rage, a.k.a. Stuart Dixon, and drummer Danté, a.k.a. Danny Needham — "have got two [VENOM] albums under the belt now, that they can call their own. So, when they play their songs up on that stage, they can push and pull the bits they want, and they can play them in their style. But when we play the old songs, we kind of try to play them as near to the original we possibly can so, that the people in the audience hear a great version of the song rather than a changed version of the song. Because why change a great song?"VENOM is not to be confused with VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan."From The Very Depths" was released in January 2015 via Spinefarm.