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Kilpop conducted an interview with FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell when he delivered a special guest DJ set at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas on May 6. You can now watch the chat below.Asked if the positive reaction to FEAR FACTORY's latest album, 2015's "Genexus", has inspired the band to try to top it with its upcoming effort, Bell said: "Absolutely. It was such a great response. Putting out that record was just positive all the way around, which just makes us drive even further and drive even harder. Now we've been working on a new album. We haven't recorded it yet, but all the new songs, I say, in my opinion, are even stronger than 'Genexus', 'cause it just seems even more tight. We're on a groove, and it's kicking ass."FEAR FACTORY last year completed a U.S. headlining tour on which it performed its classic second album, "Demanufacture", in its entirety. Asked if playing such a classic album from beginning to end every night influences the songwriting process for new material, Bell said: "Sometimes. It takes you back to your roots, that's for sure. Even Max Cavalera and Igor Cavalera are doing [the 'Return To Roots' tour, which sees them celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album 'Roots' by performing the LP in its entirety]. I didn't have a chance to see it, but apparently it was fucking awesome. And, of course, that record is awesome. And I saw them on that [original 'Roots'] tour, I toured with them on that tour, which is even more awesome. So it's a great record. It takes you back to your roots, like I was saying. So, yeah, it will influence you to move… like, take those sounds and [go], 'Okay. That's how we did it.' Sometimes you have to go back just to remember exactly who you are."He continued: "Recapturing your identity — identity within your band is very important. If you have your sound, that's great. But the motivation to move forward and try different things, that is also part of your identity, and you can make it yours as long as it doesn't lose your identity. We can do like some bands have done… Not to name anybody, but metal bands that moved forward and [done] a [very different-sounding] record… Well, FEAR FACTORY has done it once. We have a record called 'Transgression'; it was our rock record. And we totally just, like, alienated [much of our fanbase]. People were, like, 'That was you? That doesn't sound like FEAR FACTORY.' And I'm, like, 'Well, that's what the title 'Transgression' means.' [Laughs]"FEAR FACTORY was the subject of unfounded breakup rumors earlier this month when the band's former bassist-turned-guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers posted a since-deleted eulogy for FF on his Instagram. He wrote "RIP Fear Factory" and appended that post with the hashtag #GrownAssMenThatCantWorkOutShit.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows has confirmed to Kaytie of the Razor 94.7 radio station that the band will embark on a full North American headlining tour in January and February 2018. The trek, which will be announced after the completion of AVENGED's current stadium run as the support act for METALLICA, was originally "supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from METALLICA, so we decided to put it on hold," the singer explained.According to M. Shadows, AVENGED SEVENFOLD had to make the difficult decision to postpone its own tour so that they could be part of the biggest rock package of the summer. "It was actually a little bit of a tough decision, because we had just paid for the whole stage to get built, and that was a lot of money to build that stage set," he said. "And we were able to use it in Europe and in the U.K., but it is by no means paid off. So the whole idea was to go and take it throughout America, but then we got the call from Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer], and it was, like, 'We can't pass that up.' It's just too big of a tour, it'll be too much fun. It's too good for the rock fan; the rock fans are gonna love that tour. So we basically had to say, 'Okay, we're just gonna put the stage in storage for a year and come back to it.' And hopefully that will all work out for us."AVENGED SEVENFOLD worked with the producers of Cirque Du Soleil on the current show. M. Shadows told Metal Hammer: "The production that [was] built is different for us, different for anyone I've ever seen. The people we've hired don't do tours; they do Cirque Du Soleil." Shadows added that the production may require a different schedule, explaining: "This is gonna be drawn out into different types of touring. We're not going on tour for six months, it'll be two weeks on, two weeks off."Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that hiring Cirque Du Soleil was part of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's quest to create an entirely new kind of live show. "What we want to do is bring a new element to our stage production," he said. "We don't want to do all the same things that we've been doing. We're looking at a lot of digital image mapping, we're looking at inflatables, we're looking at a show that will be a brand new experience, definitely for rock and metal."Cirque Du Soleil is currently the world's biggest theatrical producer, bringing its unique modern take on the circus concept to more than 90 million people in 271 cities around the world. This marks the first time that the company has collaborated with a touring rock band.AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, 73,000 of which were physical.
According to KSNV, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has just held a grand opening of his high-end comic book store Torpedo Comics in a new Las Vegas location that is double the size of its previous space.Dolmayan has been acquiring rare comics for more than two decades. "I started selling in the early '90s, because at 18 years old, it's tough to go to your parents and say, 'Can I have some money for comic books?'" he told Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Initially, I started off by losing a lot of money trying to sell books at conventions and stuff like that until I figured out how to do it. By the time SYSTEM got signed (in the late '90s), I was making $55,000-$60,000 a year. I took a huge pay cut to join SYSTEM."Dolmayan, who encouraged Heidi Woan, the wife of LINKIN PARK turntablist Joe Hahn, to buy her husband a $10,000 issue of The Incredible Hulk No. 1 that's currently worth more than $40,000, turned his business into an online outlet in 2003, and his physical shop currently stocks 60,000 modern and vintage issues."I don't want 18 locations, I want the best location," he told Vegas Seven. "The first time I walked into a store, everything came to life. It was like this fantasy world that I walked into. I want to replicate that."Dolmayan, who says that many modern comic shops have become "glorified gaming stores," incorporated his love for comic books into the drum kit that he played during SYSTEM OF A DOWN's 2006 tour. Dolmayan contacted twenty-two of his favorite comic book artists, including Jim Lee, Simon Bisley, Kevin Eastman, Neal Adams and Bill Sienkiewicz, were each sent various pieces of the drum kit onto which they drew original illustrations.Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that SYSTEM OF A DOWN had written more than a dozen new songs for what could be its first new studio album in more than a decade.Singer Serj Tankian, however — widely believed to be the one member holding out all this time against recording — was more ambivalent about the group's plans, telling LA Weekly, "We're going to get together and see if that's going to be SYSTEM music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it's not, then great."SYSTEM OF A DOWN will return to Europe in June/July to play summer festivals and select headline dates.The group's last albums, "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize", both came out in 2005, after which the band started a lengthy hiatus. They reunited in 2011 for a string of European festival shows and have toured intermittently ever since.
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
Swedish hard rockers REACH is back - now as a power trio with a brandd new album just recorded and mixed. The album has been produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), and Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, etc.) mixed the album. With a modern sound and strong melodies showcasing the bands abilities this new album called "The Great Divine" will take the listeners by storm. REACH's new album is due for release in 2017.
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce an amazing new melodic rock combo from Sweden: KRYPTONITE
For your first taste of music and to hear more about the band from the guys themselves, head on over to their freshly launched Facebook page and watch the behind-the-scenes video they've shared there: fb.me/KryptoniteSweden