Archive for January 16th, 2013

Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides Score Top 10 Debuts on Billboard Album Chart

Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Hollywood Undead and  Black Veil Brides  are reaching new heights with their latest albums. Hollywood Undead’s third release, ‘ Notes From the Underground ,’ landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, while Black Veil Brides enjoyed their first-ever Top 10 entry with ’ Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones ,’ which arrived at No. 7. Hollywood Undead moved 53,000 copies in their debut week, finishing behind the 73,000 sold by this week’s chart champ, contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin. However, ‘Notes From the Underground’ gives the band their highest debut yet in their career, as their last album, ‘American Tragedy,’ arrived at No. 4 back in 2011. As for Black Veil Brides, ‘Wretched and Divine’ sold 42,000 copies in its opening week. The group also shot to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart and the iTunes Rock Chart. To show how the band’s fan base has grown, ‘Wretched and Divine’ nearly doubled in first week sales what the group did on their 2011 release, ‘Set the World on Fire.’ Black Veil Brides are currently on the ‘Church of the Wild Ones World Tour,’ with dates booked through a March 8 finale in San Francisco. Between now and then, the group will have played in four different countries on two continents. The remainder of the itinerary can be seen here . Hollywood Undead, meanwhile, are currently on a tour of their own. Check out the dates here . [button href=”” title=”Next: The Used’s Bert McCracken Records With Black Veil Brides” align=”center”]

Machine Head To Begin Work on New Album

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire No doubt Machine Head have had massive amounts of success with their 2011 album ‘Locust,’ but now they are starting to plot out their next disc. On Machine Head’s official site , frontman Robb Flynn connects with his fans through his entries called ‘The General Journals: Diary of a Frontman…and other Ramblings” and in his latest journal entry, titled ‘Where Do We Go Now…?,’ Flynn mentions plans for the band to write new material “this week or next.” Even though the frontman doesn’t give any specifics, he does hint that the new songs may not be the long anthems we heard on ‘Locust.’ “No one has really sat down and discussed where we’d like to go in depth, but we have talked about shorter songs (LOL). The last Ten Ton Hammer show we did in London really got us thinking about cool, short songs.” He goes on to talk about some material he has received from guitarists Phill Demmel and drummer Dave McClain. “Phil has told me he has some riffs, McClain e-mailed some cool riffs, I have some pretty awesome riffs tuned down to F that I’m stoked on… so, who knows where it’s all going yet, but it’s definitely starting to bubble. Can’t really tell where it’s all gonna end up, you can’t really plan that out, but that’s some of what we’ve been bouncing around.” Flynn went on to talk about Machine Head becoming free agents as they wrapped up their recording contract with their long time label Roadrunner Records . “It’s an exciting time for us right now, the world is our oyster and we can dictate a lot of fair terms in exchange for our art. There’s been a lot of talk as to what we should and/or shouldn’t do; the music business has changed dramatically since the last deal we signed for ‘Through the Ashes’ back in 2003 (let alone our first deal in 1993), and what we’re looking for in a deal here in 2013 is different.” To read the full post from Robb Flynn’s ‘The General Journals: Diray of a Frontman…and other Ramblings’ go here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Machine Head Win Metal Video of the Year in Loudwire 2012 Music Awards” align=”center”]

Tremonti Unveil Startling ‘Wish You Well’ Video

YouTube Tremonti left fans contemplating what was to come with a teaser for the ‘Wish You Well’ video earlier this week and now that the clip has arrived, it is every bit as spooky as you would expect. The video alternates between Tremonti and his band jamming their latest single and a young boy rocking out on his guitar from a rooftop. How the boy got there is what makes the clip interesting, as the video starts with a camera monitoring the boy playing guitar in a near abandoned room. After a few moments a hulking trench-coated man knocks on the door and leads the stunned youth up the stairs to the rooftop. After whispering something to the boy, then gesturing that he play to his surroundings, the man steps away and lets the boy jam. The rest of the clip finds interspersed, quick-cutting images of the man traveling from house to house and his journey to finding the young boy. The end of the video starts almost as it began with the man arriving at the boy’s door and knocking, though this time we see the apartment number 12. Could this be a clue to something bigger? Tremonti did tease a code in his trailer for the new video, but how does the number figure into the coordinates? It remains to be seen, but a press release on the video stated that the lead up to the clip was just a small part of a future design that the guitarist and his band have in store for their fan base. Stay tuned for more from Tremonti, but in the interim catch the ‘Wish You Well’ video below. Watch Tremonti’s ‘Wish You Well’ Video [button href=”” title=”Next: Tremonti Reveals 2013 U.S. Tour Dates” align=”center”]

Buckcherry Unleash ‘Gluttony’ Video

AOL Buckcherry have been singing about excess with their new single, ‘Gluttony,’ and now they’re sharing a visual representation of the sin with their latest music video. The band recently shot the clip at a church in North Hollywood, Calif., with actor-turned-director Billy Jayne overseeing the shoot. The video finds Josh Todd and the band leading the congregation toward temptation. Guitarist Keith Nelson says of Jayne’s contribution, “It was really refreshing to see his take on what we’re doing because he totally gets the music, he’s connecting with it, and he’s taking it to a different place than a guy who does videos for a living. We got a guy who actually makes movies and TV shows to put his spin on it and it’s been really positive.” Todd recently told Loudwire about the track, “It’s just about trying to control your behavior. They always say that you have to do everything in moderation and that’s never been my experience. One is okay, two is better, three is fantastic and four is the best. I want to consume everything. I want to go big or go home. I’m either on 11 or I’m asleep.” The vocalist also tells  Noisecreep , who premiered the clip, “Because the record is called ‘ Confessions ,’ we filmed the video in a church. We got Jesus down here — which is killer — and we got a lot of our fans in it, which is amazing. They came out on their own time and have really put a lot of sweat equity, so thank you to them.” In the video itself, the full congregation seem to be giving in to excess, while one member remains to fight temptation, only to have both Todd and Jesus bending his ear throughout the clip. The ‘Confessions’ album is due in stores Feb. 19, but fans may pre-order the disc right here . Buckcherry have tour dates booked with Kid Rock that were scheduled through early March, but a second leg has just been added, with the trek now extended into April. Check out the full itinerary below the video. Watch Buckcherry’s ‘Gluttony’ Video [via Noisecreep] ? ? Kid Rock / Buckcherry / Hellbound Glory 2013 Tour: 2/2 — Kansas City, Mo. — Sprint Center 2/5 — Springfield, Mo. — JQH Arena 2/7 — Beaumont, Texas — Ford Park Event Center 2/9 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center 2/10 — Wichita, Kan. — INTRUST Bank Arena 2/13 — Bossier City, La. — CenturyLink Center 2/15 — Nashville, Tenn. — Bridgestone Arena 2/16 — Greenville, S.C. — Bi-Lo Center 2/18 — Fort Myers, Fla. — Germain Arena 2/20 — Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Civic Center 2/21 — New Orleans, La. — New Orleans Arena 2/23 — Birmingham, Ala. — BJCC Arena 2/24 — Huntsville, Ala. — Von Braun Center 2/26 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greensboro Coliseum Complex 2/27 — Knoxville, Tenn. — Knoxville Civic Auditorium 3/1 — Memphis, Tenn. — FedEx Forum 3/2 — Louisville, Ky. — KFC Yum! Center 3/18 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — Sioux Falls Arena 3/20 — Madison, Wis. — Memorial Coliseum At Alliant Energy Center 3/22 — Toledo, Ohio — The Huntington Center 3/23 — Columbus, Ohio — Nationwide Arena 3/25 — Youngstown, Ohio — Covelli Center 3/26 — Ft. Wayne, Ind. — Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 3/28 — Bloomington, Ill. — U.S. Cellular Coliseum 3/29 — Omaha, Neb. — CenturyLink Center 4/1 — Evansville, Ind. — Ford Center 4/3 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena 4/5 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center 4/6 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center [button href=”” title=”Next: Buckcherry Discuss ‘Confessions’ Album Completion” align=”center”]

Voivod, ‘Target Earth’ – Exclusive Album Stream

Century Media Records Canadian heavy metal veterans Voivod are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new album set for release on Jan. 22. What’s that? You can’t wait until the 22nd to hear the new record! Settle down, because we’ve got some great news for you; Voivod’s thirteenth studio album, ‘Target Earth,’ is available for streaming in full exclusively here on Loudwire. Voivod were founded in late January 1983, so it’s only right that the Canadian outfit celebrate late January 2013 with a new release. Along with the band’s 30th anniversary, ‘Target Earth’ celebrates Voivod’s debut release on Century Media Records. The label is teaming up with Voivod’s own company, Iron Gang Factory, to distribute the disc. ‘Target Earth’ marks the return of the band’s original bassist, Jean Yves Thériault (Blacky), making the album his first with the band since 1991′s Angel Rat . If you remember, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was a member of Voivod from 2002 to 2008. In addition, ‘Target Earth’ marks the first album to feature guitarist Dan Mongrain (Chewy), who took over the slot vacated by the late, great Denis D’Amour (Piggy). The lineup is rounded out by original members Denis Belanger (Snake) on vocals and Michel Langevin (Away) on drums. But enough with all these words, check out ‘Target Earth’ in full in the player below. If you dig what you hear, pre-order ‘Target Earth’ in one of its various packages at the Century Media store  or at iTunes . Listen to Voivod’s ‘Target Earth’ Album in Full

Shinedown’s Brent Smith on Kathie Lee Gifford’s ‘Meat Loaf’ Remark: ‘My Heart Fell to the Ground’

Mary Ouellette, You wouldn’t know it by looking at him today, but there was a period not too long ago that Shinedown singer Brent Smith was struggling with both drug and alcohol addiction, as well as weight issues. Part of the reason Smith is built as well as he is these days is due to his newfound commitment to his health, and he discussed his transformation with the Los Angeles Times . Smith says, “The weight came on about four years ago. I’ve toured for over 12 years and for the first two records I was doing tons of shows all the time. And for those two records I was addicted to cocaine, OxyContin and alcohol. The coke and Oxy kept my weight down, but for the third album I quit opiates and started to crave sugar. I was still drinking a lot of alcohol and started to pack on the pounds.” The singer says one of the big wake-up calls was when he made an appearance on the ‘Today’ show in 2009 and Kathie Lee Gifford stated that she mistook him for Meat Loaf . The vocalist says, “It really stung. I’m a fan of Meat Loaf, but she wasn’t talking about a musical comparison. It was national television and my heart kind of fell on the ground. I’m not trying to be disrespectful to Meat Loaf at all because I’m a fan, but here I am barely 30 years old and that’s the one thing that she says. It was like the performance didn’t even matter.” In the time since, Smith has found a trainer and made a commitment to live healthier for his family. He explained, “I have a four-year-old boy, and he was a huge motivation, and so were the fans. I had an epiphany working out with my trainer … and I haven’t had a drink since.” Since he began his workout regimen, the singer has dropped almost 70 pounds. To read more about Smith’s weight loss journey, check out his Los Angeles Times interview here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Vote for Shinedown’s Best Album” align=”center”]

New Music Releases – February 2013

RCA There is some essential listening about to hit fans on February 2013, and here is a guide of the rock and metal albums you need to check out next month. Welsh metalcore giants Bullet for My Valentine are set to release their fourth studio album, ‘Temper Temper,’ on Feb. 12 … of course right in time for Valentine’s Day. The band ventured all the way to Thailand in order to track the record, purposely taking themselves out of their comfort zone for the writing and recording process. Brutal death metal legends Suffocation will bash your skull in with ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ in February with an album that successfully captures the heaviness of their live performance better than any of their past efforts. Maynard James Keenan ‘s Puscifer will also unveil new material in February with the collective’s next eclectic opus ‘Donkey Punch the Night.’ Other releases for Feb. 2013 include The Bronx’s ‘IV,’ Buckcherry ‘s ‘Confessions,’ Shai Hulud’s ‘Reach Beyond the Sun,’ RED ‘s ‘Release the Panic’ and many more. February 2013 Music Releases: Feb. 5: Blind Guardian, ‘A Travelers Guide to Space and Time’ (Box Set) The Bronx, ‘IV’ Deep Purple, ‘Slaves and Masters: The Deluxe Edition’ Misfits, ‘Dead Alive!’ (Live Album) Placebo, ‘Once More With Feeing: Singles 1996-2004′ RED, ‘Release the Panic’ Feb. 12: Bullet For My Valentine, ‘Temper Temper’ Pissed Jeans, ‘Honeys’ Feb. 19: Buckcherry, ‘Confessions’ Misery Index, ‘Live in Munich’ Motorhead, ‘Catch Scratch Fewer’ (Live Recordings) Portal, ‘Vexovoid’ Puscifer, ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ Shai Hulud, ‘Reach Beyond the Sun’ Suffocation, ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ Wednesday 13, ‘The Dixie Dead’ Feb. 26: Darkthrone, ‘The Underground Resistance’ Krokus, ‘Dirty Dynamite’ Saxon, ‘Sacrifice’ Stratovarius, ‘Nemesis’

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