Corey Taylor Reveals Lyrical Themes for Next SLIPKNOT Album

Slipknot is in the midst of recording their new album, with the anticipated release sometime this summer.

With that, it’s pretty surprising that Taylor is making himself available for interviews. Last week, he spoke about how he prefers working with producer Greg Fidelman over a big name like Rick Rubin, and this week, he spoke with Music Week about the lyrical inspirations for the new album.

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Cliff Burton vs Jason Newsted

Metallica fans often obsess over bass: whether it’s the greatness of Cliff Burton’s playing, the absence of any audible bass playing on …And Justice for All, the rest of the Jason Newsted era and the following era, which featured his successor, Robert Trujillo. In a new interview, producer Flemming Rasmussen went in-depth about the recording process with the thrash legends and discussed working with both Burton and Newsted.


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Release Day Roundup – 6/8/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our  Editors’ Picks  column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released.

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Closet Witch

Closet Witch – Self-titled

I’m not gonna do it. I’m not going to spiel about how midwestern hardcore doesn’t get a fair shake and that there’s tons of underappreciated bands out there who can fucking trounce the next big dumb band from the next big dumb city. It’s true, but it’s redundant and (to this writer) it feels like excuse-making. Iowa’s Closet Witch need no such excuse; where they’re from isn’t so much important here.

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ANTHRAX Worship Music

“Time bomb… ticking away, ticking away”. These lyrics from the bridge of “Earth On Hell” are surely deliberate. Faced with both the personal flame out of the poorly received Dan Nelson as well as snubbed overtures directed toward John Bush, the remaining members of Anthrax went into fight or flight mode: either it was time to take an extended hiatus or, to use sports terminology, go into rebuilding mode.

The band opted for the latter.  A hiatus wasn’t really a viable option, considering Anthrax haven’t released a studio album since 2003’s under-publicized We’ve Come for You All.  And when an opportunity arose to tour with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth as part of a Big 4 tour, the solution was ready made… Joey Belladonna had to be wooed back.

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Megadeth “Poisonous Shadows” Live

Check out the live performance by Megadeth.

Who Played ‘Thrash’-Style Riffing First Metallica or Metal Church?


Australia’s Sticks For Stones recently conducted an interview with METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.

On which band was formed first — METALLICA or METAL CHURCH:

Kurdt: “[It’s] hard to say. METALLICA didn’t exist when I was trying to put METAL CHURCH together. And Lars [UlrichMETALLICA drummer] stopped in San Francisco to visit friends, and that’s where I met him, I’ve known Lars longer than he’s known James [HetfieldMETALLICA frontman]. So… I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I mean, we were all on the same page. We were all trying to do the same thing, and we were all kind of going in the same direction. He had to move to L.A to go live with his dad, so we never played together or anything, but that’s where we became friends.”

On whether METAL CHURCH or METALLICA started using the fast, “thrash”-style riffing first:

Kurdt: “I absolutely think we were just on the same page mentally. I mean, there’s a lot of people that were. We were all kind of the same age, so we had the same likes in music that we grew up with — the early ’70s rock and all that kind of stuff. And then the punk influence started, so we all kind of… We didn’t discuss it. It was just kind of a weird, natural progression for all of us. Nobody did it first or last or second, or we weren’t competing with each other. This [was] just kind of the pervasive mentality [at that time].”

On whether METAL CHURCH was influenced by the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s:

Kurdt: “Oh, absolutely. That totally did [influence us]. That had just about everything to do with it. It’s, like, we wanted to do that, and that’s just where it all started. It’s, like, combining the energy and the attitude of punk, but more musical skill. And [I was, like], ‘Oh, boy! I’m into that.’ ‘Cause I was doing the punk rock thing, and that was a lot of fun, and I still liked that, but it didn’t have the musicality that I was aspiring to. So [IRONMAIDEN comes along, and SAXON comes along, and I’m like, ‘Oh, boy! Here we go.’… It was a whole new thing, and we felt like we were part of a whole new movement. And it was really exciting; it was really exciting to be part of that.”

METAL CHURCH‘s new album, “XI”, debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31.

“XI”, was released on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, the band’s eleventh studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe.


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