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Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Black Sabbath + More

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire – Lamb of God ‘s Randy Blythe has returned home to the U.S. after visiting the Czech prison where he was detained. [ Loudwire ] – Black Sabbath are giving fans their first look inside the studio of their ’13′ album sessions with a video teaser. [ Loudwire ] – Guns N’ Roses , Alice in Chains + Korn have signed on to headline the 2013 Rocklahoma Festival. [ Loudwire ] – Maynard James Keenan provides an update on the progress of new Tool and A Perfect Circle records. [ Loudwire ] – Down will hit the road for a brief May trek through the Southeastern U.S. [ Loudwire ] – Get in a romantic mood by joining Ultimate Classic Rock in counting down the Top 10 Led Zeppelin Love Songs. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Roger Waters is adding a new song to ‘The Wall’ concert production. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Radiohead has booked time in September to begin work on their next studio album. [ Diffuser.fm ] – Kings of Leon , My Morning Jacket ‘s Jim James and The Shins are among the top acts performing at the 2013 Hangout Festival. [ Diffuser.fm ]

Puscifer Practice for Upcoming Tour Dates – Exclusive Video Premiere

Puscifer Entertainment Puscifer are currently revving up for the release of their upcoming EP ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ along with a handful of tour dates in Australia and South America. To take you further into the realm of Maynard James Keenan and his Puscifer bandmates, we’ve got an exclusive video of the musical collective warming up for what is sure to be a spotlit year for the band’s career. Tool and A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan began Puscifer as an additional sonic alter-ego in 2003, with Keenan acting as the group’s sole permanent member. A decade after the idea was conceived, Puscifer are beginning to rise up not just as an obscure side project, but as a musical force comparable to both Tool and A Perfect Circle in terms of quality. Since the release of the 2011 full-length ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ Puscifer seem to have cemented a more secure lineup consisting of singer Carina Round , A Perfect Circle members Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl and guitarist Mat Mitchell among others. The band embarked on a theatrical U.S. tour last summer, and in this behind-the-scenes video, we witness Maynard and his band of curmudgeons in the middle of practice. One of the most interesting parts of the video is the band’s use of their framed television monitors, which magnify the heads of both Keenan and Round to mammoth proportions. Check out this rare look into the world of Puscifer in the video below, premiered exclusively here on Loudwire, and see the band’s current tour itinerary here . Puscifer Behind the Scenes Teaser

Filter To Release Upcoming Album via New Label Wind-Up Records

Wind-Up Cleveland rock veterans Filter have announced that Wind-up Records will be the new home for their sixth full-length album, tentatively titled ‘Gurney and the Burning Books.’ The album is slated to drop in May, while the disc’s first single will hit the airwaves in March. Filter have released their share of anthems throughout the last two decades, earning their spot as one of ’90s rock’s most definitive bands. For those who remember when MTV actually played music videos, it was a common and welcomed occurrence when ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot,’ ‘Welcome to the Fold’ or ‘Take a Picture’ would pop onto your television screen. Founding member and frontman Richard Patrick will lead with the record’s writing duties alongside guitarist Jonny Radtke and collaborator Marlette. A Perfect Circle / Puscifer drummer Jeff Friedl will also contribute to the new Filter album along with additional drummer Elias Mallin and bassist Phil Buckman. Wind-up Records President Ed Vetri shared his excitement about signing Filter in a new press release. “We’re thrilled to welcome Richard Patrick and Filter into the Wind-up family,” says Vetri. “This is a successful band with an extremely impressive body of work and I’m happy to say that based on the demos I’ve heard, this new album could very well be their best to date. Filter is more committed than ever to delivering great repertoire and bringing these songs to life at their live shows throughout 2013.” Richard Patrick adds, “We’re excited to enter a new phase of our career with Wind-up. They’re expecting great things from us and we plan to deliver.” Stay tuned for more news on Filter’s sixth studio album. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/shiprocked-2012-filter-korn-sevendust-more-day-4-recap-photo-gallery/” title=”See Pics of Filter From ShipRocked 2012″ align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan Goes In-Depth About Upcoming Puscifer EP ‘Donkey Punch the Night’

Puscifer Entertainment When listing the musical projects of Maynard James Keenan , the order almost universally is presented as: Tool , A Perfect Circle , Puscifer . Although sometimes seen as a side project to Keenan’s other two musical endeavors, Puscifer have slowly stolen the spotlight over the last six years. In a new interview with MoshCam.com , Keenan goes in-depth about Puscifer, offering insight into the band’s upcoming ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ EP, a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and much more. Since 2007, every piece of music (not including guest appearances) released by Maynard Keenan has been with Puscifer. In 2007, the musical collective unveiled the full-length ‘”V” is for Vagina’ and their ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ EP. Puscifer’s second album, ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ saw the light of day in 2011, and before cult Keenan fans will hear new material from Tool or A Perfect Circle, Puscifer will be releasing their ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ EP on Feb. 19, 2013. Although Keenan is the only official member of Puscifer, the some of the ultra-talented musicians featured on ‘Conditions of My Parole’ seem to be sticking around. “I think there’s definitely some solid cornerstones in place now with Josh and Matt and seemingly so with Carina,” reveals Keenan. “So as time goes forward, we’re pretty happy with this particular set of people although they all have their day jobs so if we have to call on others. It’s definitely a flexible project that can accommodate that.” Keenan also spoke about how the band chose to approach a cover of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ “We had a couple of bugs up our butt to mess around with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and I had fun with it,” says Keenan. “It’s one of my favorite songs so it’s almost like karaoke, but for real … We did a straight cover. There’s nothing broken about that song and we tried to respect the original format as closely as we could, but of course it’s going to have our signature on it.” Additionally, Keenan revealed that Puscifer, a 100% independent project, may even turn ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ into a full-length record. “We have a few things on the back burner but the project has always been of the mind to release a couple of tracks at a time. The last album [‘Conditions of My Parole’] was a bit of a departure from that, because we were on a roll and we were like ‘screw it, let’s finish an album’. We’ll probably just record a couple more songs and put them out at the end of the year or start of 2013. But if we end up on a roll and we get more songs in the pipe, we’ll definitely finish an album.” [button href=”http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-explains-concept-of-puscifer-new-column/” title=”Next: Maynard James Keenan Explains the Concept of Puscifer” align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan Explains the Concept of Puscifer in New Column

‘Blood Into Wine’ A Monday morning is perhaps the most dreaded part of any person’s week. There are few moments more frustrating than being shocked into consciousness in order to face a 40-hour block of work or school, with Carly Rae Jepsen’s diabolical infection known as ‘Call Me Maybe’ creeping out through your alarm clock. Thankfully, musical mastermind Maynard James Keenan ( Tool , A Perfect Circle , Puscifer ) is here to save you from the mundane, with yet another introspective article from Phoenix New Times.  Last month, we reported that Keenan was to write a bi-weekly column for the publication, seemingly being given carte blanche concerning the many subjects of his writings. This morning (Oct. 8) the beloved musician posted ‘What is Puscifer?,’ acting as somewhat of a manifesto for the experimental act. For those who have seen Puscifer live, Maynard’s latest column may seem familiar, but if you’ve never experienced the musical collective in concert, allow Maynard Keenan to explain the foundation of Puscifer. “At some point in human history we became aware of our own mortality,” begins Keenan. “When confronted with the death of a companion, we had the epiphany that this was simply no longer just a pile of inanimate meat and bone. This was our companion and whatever energy made them who they were is no longer present. And then reality sinks in: Someday I will no longer be here. And for the first time we asked the question. Why? Why are they no longer here? What can I do to prevent that from happening to me? Or at the very least, ‘What can I do to put off the inevitable?’” The singer continues, “We were now aware that our very survival was directly connected to and contingent upon how creative we could be. Our instincts to Fight or Run were not enough. We weren’t as fast or strong as our larger and ferocious opponents. Instead, we needed to use every fiber of our imagination, every spark of our creative energy to stay ahead of these daily threats on our lives.” So how does Puscifer act as an extension to this notion? Keenan offers three explanations: 1. “An attempt to reconnect with that seemingly lost balance between the Artistic and Utilitarian.” 2. “An attempt to reawaken our inner storyteller, and our ability to Observe, Interpret, and Report all the fun stuff we’ve witnessed.” 3. “An attempt to remind us all to dance before the inevitable End of the World. (Make checks and money orders payable to Chicken Little ?…etc.)” Keenan concludes, “Because we at Puscifer feel that Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.” Check out Maynard James Keenan’s newest article at  Phoenix New Times , and give your Monday morning a welcome jolt. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-advice-for-apocalypse-new-editorial-column/” title=”Previous Maynard Keenan Column: ‘These Are the ‘End of Days'” align=”center”]

A Perfect Circle Drummer Josh Freese Announces His Departure From Band

Virgin Longtime A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese has announced his departure from the band. The group performed a handful of shows in 2011, but Freese was unable to accompany APC due to a scheduling conflict concerning  Weezer , with whom Freese was touring member of from 2009-2012. Freese now seems to have other priorities, as he officially announced his exit from APC earlier today (Oct. 2). For those unfamiliar with the career of Josh Freese, he’s played drums for seemingly every band ever. Along with A Perfect Circle, Freese has played with acts such as Nine Inch Nails , the Offspring , Motley Crue , Paramore, the Vandals, Guns N’ Roses + many more. The prolific drummer has also appeared on nearly 400 albums. Along with Weezer, Freese currently drums for Devo and Sublime with Rome. Freese tweeted the following from his personal account: After 13 years, I’ve decided to leave @ aperfectcircle with no plans of returning. Apologies to those inquiring about the upcoming shows. — Josh Freese (@joshfreese) October 2, 2012 Jeff Friedl is A Perfect Circle’s current touring drummer and has also appeared live with one of  Maynard James Keenan ‘s other musical endeavors,  Puscifer . Both APC and Puscifer will be performing at Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile in 2013. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/a-perfect-circle-judith-top-21st-century-hard-rock-songs/” title=”A Perfect Circle: Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs” align=”center”]

Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age + A Perfect Circle to Play Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile

Lollapalooze Chile The lineups for the 2013 Lollapalooza festivals in Brazil and Chile have been announced. Lollapalooza Brazil will return to São Paulo’s Jockey Club March 29-31, 2013, while Lollapalooza Chile will make its way back to Parque O’Higgins in Santiago April 6-7, 2013. Pearl Jam , Queens of the Stone Age , A Perfect Circle and Puscifer will play both festivals. Maynard James Keenan will be pulling double duty, since he is a member of both A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. The Black Keys, The Killers, Deadmau5, Nas, The Hives, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, Kaiser Chiefs, Alabama Shakes, Toro Y Moi, Gary Clark, Jr, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Porter Robinson are also confirmed for both Brazil and Chile. The two-day Chilean fest will also include appearances by Keane and Bad Brains, as well as regional bands Los Tres and Manuel Garcia. In Brazil, a third day has been added, with the lineup including  The Flaming Lips, Cake, Madeon, Criolo + Emicida and others. Lollapalooza was started in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. It continued through 1997, then returned in 2003. Originally a touring festival, the North American Lollapalooza is now held every year in Chicago. In 2010, Lollapalooza expanded to Chile, and last year was the inaugural Lollapalooza Brazil. The festival is expanding again, with Tel Aviv, Israel, announced as the newest venue, with its first Lollapalooza to be held Aug. 20-22, 2013. Watch the Lollapalooza Brazil Lineup Announcement Video

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