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Polar Music Prize recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. You can now watch the chat below.Asked about his previous comment that he plays "mostly rhythm" guitar during METALLICA's concerts, Hammett said: "Well, when I said that statement, what I mean is a lot of times, over the course of the song, I'm just playing rhythm parts — chords or riffs — to supplement what's going on under the vocals. And then, when it's time to get to the solo section or the lead section, that's my moment to express myself and let it fly."For me, the great thing to do is to just play spontaneously and not even think about it — just raw, unadultered emotion, unfiltered," he continued. "From my very core, from my heart, from my soul, filtered through my brain, through my heart, out through my fingertips onto the neck of the guitar, out through the pickups for everyone else to see or hear."For me, that's super important, because I come from a generation of musicians that valued spontaneity and valued improvisation and never playing the same song the same way twice."Kirk also talked about METALLICA's knack for taking chances in an otherwise predictable genre. "We thrive on spontaneity and we thrive off being challenged," he said. "We thrive off doing things that people say, 'Oh, you can't do that.' And we're, like, 'Oh, yeah? We'll show you.' That's just how it's always been in the band, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we're kind of that way as people. We're very dogged, stubborn, we all have our visions, which — thank God — they're mutual. We're not a band to back down from most challenges. Like, if you said to Rob [bassist Robert Trujillo] and I, 'Okay, we want you guys to play a John Coltrane song,' Rob and I will sit down and learn the John Coltrane song and have it ready to go in a few days — no problem. I mean, we have that ability with Rob and I. The other guys, they play a lot by instinct, so they're, like, 'Yeah, you guys lay down the foundation and then we'll find a way to fit in.'"For us, the sky's the limit, really," he added. "The only limits that we have on this band are the limits that we put on ourselves, and we try not to limit ourselves. But, as humans, naturally, you're gonna say, 'Oh, wait,' you're gonna take a step back from something, but then if you give it some thought, you're, like, 'Yeah, maybe. Maybe. It's worth a try.'"As previously reported, METALLICA will receive the Polar Music Prize, a musical equivalent to the Nobel Prize, this spring. The award, which recognizes international excellence in music, will bestow the metal legends with a cash prize of one million Swedish kronor, roughly equivalent to $126,000. The band will donate the money to its own All Within My Hands organization, which aids communities in need with workforce education, food-bank donations and other local services.METALLICA's February 1 show in Lisbon, Portugal kicked off the 2018 European leg of the group's "WorldWired" tour, which will run through May 11 in Helsinki, Finland.The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.
SEPTIC TANK, the long-running project featuring vocalist Lee Dorrian (CATHEDRAL), guitarist Gary Jennings (CATHEDRAL) and bassist Scott Carlson (REPULSION), will release its debut album, "Rotting Civilisation", on April 13 via Rise Above Records.If ever there were a point in history that demanded angry, scathing, explosive music, then this is it. With eerie-but-exhilarating echoes of Reagan's '80s and the bilious, hyper-aggressive hardcore punk scene that erupted in response, the world of 2018 is more than ready for the blistering return of SEPTIC TANK. This band of weather-beaten underground veterans have existed since the early '90s, more as a whispered enigma than a full-time band, but the decisive moment of deafening reality has arrived with the unveiling of "Rotting Civilisation", the first full-length SEPTIC TANK record and the ugly, rampaging rebirth of the subversive hardcore spirit.Originally formed in 1994 as a low-key outlet for doom metal standard bearers CATHEDRAL's love for DISCHARGE, SIEGE and other pioneering hardcore luminaries, SEPTIC TANK's original lineup featured Dorrian, Jennings and drummer Barry Stern (ex-TROUBLE) alongside Carlson. A handful of jaw-shattering, snot-spraying anthems were swiftly thrown together and the impromptu crew jammed together on a few occasions, but thanks to a combination of logistics, geography and life getting in the way, SEPTIC TANK lay dormant for nearly two decades."We talked about doing it again many times, but it took us 20 years to make a record," Dorrian explains. "BLACK SABBATH were doing their so-called last-ever show in Birmingham and Scott wanted to come over for that, so I suggested we got together and did an album while he was here," Lee recalls. "He stayed over for five days. 14 of the songs were already roughly written but not rehearsed, another eight or so came up on the spot and were recorded straight away, and that was it. It took us over 20 years but I'm really happy we did it."With all the vitality and venom we demand from the best hardcore, "Rotting Civilisation" is an obscenely thrilling rollercoaster ride that takes in everything from numerous bursts of flagrant DISCHARGE worship ("Walking Asylum", "Victimised") to MOTÖRHEAD-style snot'n'roll ragers ("Divide And Conk Out", "Digging Your Own Grave"), FROST-fuelled doomcore ("Death Vase", "Living Death") and even a skewed homage to Japanese punk legends G.I.S.M. ("You Want Some?"). Musically diverse but unrelenting in its belligerence, it's also an album full of brutally direct declarations on the state of the world today, the idiocy of the social media age and the general stupidness and selfishness of humanity in the 21st century. With his incensed worldview vividly reflected in artist Stewart Easton's idiosyncratic cover art, Dorrian has never written with such sledgehammer accuracy or righteous fury.No longer a shadowy side-project that existed more in the minds of its participants than in the ears of the masses, SEPTIC TANK has blossomed — or, perhaps, mutated — into one of the most invigorating musical fists to the face of our times. The perfect soundtrack to the collapse of society, "Rotting Civilisation" proves that legends never die, the best ideas are always worth another go and, above all, we the people will not go fucking quietly."Rotting Civilisation" track listing:01. Septic Tank02. Who03. Victimised04. Social Media Whore05. Divide and Conk Out06. Treasurers of Disease07. Fucked08. Whitewash09. Death Vase10. You Want Some11. Digging Your Own Grave12. Danger Signs13. Walking Asylum14. Lost Humanity15. Never Never Land16. Self-Obsessed17. Living Death18. Rotten Empire
American melodic hardcore band RISE AGAINST and Cali thrash act SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are among the confirmed artists for the second edition of the '77 Montréal festival, set to take place July 27 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also scheduled to appear are the San Fran supergroup ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES; Steve Ignorant with PARANOID VISION playing CRASS and anarcho classics; THE INTERRUPTERS, SICK OF IT ALL; recently reunited grunge legends L7; Montréal legends THE PLANET SMASHERS and one of the U.K.'s first-wave punk bands THE REZILLOS.Festival pass pricesGeneral admission: $70 (taxes and service fees included)Weekend Warrior PassesGeneral admission: $210 (taxes and service fees included)Gold ('77 Montréal GA + Heavy Montreal GOLD): $320 (taxes and service fees included)Children 10 and under: free admissionWeekend Warrior Passes:This is the perfect option for punk and metal lovers! Heavy Montréal and '77 Montréal are teaming up to offer you a Weekend Warrior 3-Day Combo Pass with the possibility of upgrading to the Heavy Gold experience. Festivalgoers will be able to attend '77 Montréal and Heavy Montréal which is taking place on July 28-29 at the same location. Details regarding Heavy Montréal are available at HeavyMontreal.com.For more information, visit 77Montreal.com.
Highly acclaimed guitarist GUS G. is set to release his new album, titled “Fearless”, on April 20th. “Fearless” is the successor to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” and marks the Firewind mastermind’s first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 2017.