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Clutch Lighten the Mood on ‘Earth Rocker’ Single and Album

Freeman Promotions Clutch are still rocking hard as the band prepares for the release of their ‘Earth Rocker’ album, but frontman Neil Fallon tells Loudwire that the overall mood of the disc is a little lighter than their last few discs. The frontman explained about the content shift, “I wanted lyrically this record to be more fun than the last couple of ones. Both ‘Strange Cousins’ and ‘Beale St.’ were both pretty dark records lyrically. This one has a bit more levity I think.” One of the songs that lightens things up is their current single and the album’s title track , where Fallon himself is having a blast giving his best rock ‘n’ roll cackle. The singer explains, “The ‘bu-ha-ha,’ for lack of a better way to describe it, I wouldn’t be doing that if Screaming Jay Hawkins hadn’t done it in ‘I Put a Spell on You.’ I did that kind of as a goof in practice once and I told the guys I wouldn’t do that and they said, ‘No, please do that again and make that part of the song.’” Even though it is a fun track, Fallon admits he has other uses for the song. He reveals, “It’s a little bit of a self-motivational speech. It’s something you say to yourself in the mirror before you go out and take on the day and that came about primarily when we were doing a lot of festivals. I heard a lot of young bands bemoaning or whining about having to play in the heat or the catering sucks or the crowd wasn’t good and I just, maybe I’m getting old and cranky, but I just found myself saying, ‘Shut the f— up and play.’ You should be so lucky that you have the opportunity to do this and most people would gladly exchange the opportunity to switch places with you at this point in time. Maybe I just found myself guilty of some of those same attitudes and had to slap myself out of it and that’s kind of where at least the attitude of that song came about.” Clutch’s ‘Earth Rocker’ arrives in stores March 19 and is currently available for pre-order here . Stay tuned for our full interview with Neil Fallon. [button href=”” title=”Next: Clutch – 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts” align=”center”]

The Sword’s Kyle Shutt Discusses ‘Apocryphon,’ New Drummer, Texas Roots + More

Photo Credit: Sandy Carson The  Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Shutt spoke about the band’s latest album ‘Apocryphon,’ their new drummer Jimmy Vela and what it is about being from Texas that influences their sound. Read Full Metal Jackie’s interview with Kyle Shutt below: Congratulations on another great record, ‘Apocryphon.’ Thank you, it took a long time, sitting around waiting for it to come out. I’m glad it’s finally out and we’re out on the road supporting it. It’s good times. It’s stressful right, when you have this record and you know there are some people that have it. Isn’t it like a freaky, scary time where you’re like ‘Is it going to leak? When is it going to leak?’ and you just want it to be out there and done. Yeah, that’s right. Everything’s going to leak eventually but it was about a week before when we saw some evidence of it leaking so we did a good job, keeping it under wraps. Obviously, a lot had happened since the last time I saw you guys. You have a new member in the band. Yeah we’ve had two drummers since you last saw us but this guy, Jimmy Vela, he’s great. He fit right in with the band, honestly it feel like he’s been in it the whole time – I wish he had been, but that’s okay. [Laughs] Tell us what it’s been like touring with your new drummer. We did some tours with him before we made the album, one with the Kyuss Lives! thing that they did, we did a whole North American tour and it was good. When we started writing songs in January, we got about six of them written in a month. It just started flowing out and he fell right in line with our style of music and he plays with a little more finesse than Trivett [Wingo] did. It was fun just playing off each other and writing new songs. Unlike the last album, the new one ‘Apocryphon’ isn’t a concept album. Musically, these songs aren’t so much about precision either. Was that a conscious decision to cleanse the musical pallet so to speak or was it just naturally distancing yourselves from the previous album cycle? No, honestly we just write ten songs at a time and the only reason the last album was a concept album was because J.D. [Cronise] had written this awesome story and it just felt appropriate to apply it to the songs we had written. These are just the next ten songs we’ve written and we’re moving on, we’re not going to try to rehash old stuff – just shake it up and be original and try to write some great music. It’s not uncommon for bands to alternate setlists but on this tour, you’ve got several – seven I think is what I read. What is the purpose of having that many options? We kind of just shake it up every night so you don’t get board. I’ve seen bands go on an eight week tour and play the exact same set every night. It’s not that ours is wildly different every night but we try to throw in some different songs here and there just to keep things fresh. Sometimes people will drive from show to show so you don’t want to disappoint them, you know they see you four times and it’s all the same set. You guys are from Texas, what about coming from that part of the country affects your approach to metal the most both as players and as fans? Really, I think we have this funky rhythm section that a lot of people when they play metal it’s just a straight forward four-four thing just trying to be as relentless as possible but we just try to be as funky as we can so people can dance to our music. I think that’s what sets us apart from a lot of the things like that – being from Texas, too, you got bands like Pantera and ZZ Top and all kinds of funky, rock and roll music, it’s just in our blood down there. [Laughs] What can we expect from 2013? We’re going to be on the road forever on this one. We’ll be everywhere twice. So just hang tight people: if we haven’t been there yet, we’ll make an appearance very shortly I promise. Full Metal Jackie will welcome As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis to her program this coming weekend. She can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to .

Phil Anselmo Talks Boxing With Rapper 50 Cent

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Rick Diamond, Getty Images As one of metal’s most aggressive vocalists in history, it’s no surprise to learn that Pantera / Down vocalist Philip Anselmo is a huge fan of boxing. Surely tracks such as ‘F—ing Hostile’ and ‘Mouth for War’ have inspired many fists to bust through walls, along with faces, so Boxing Insider welcomed Anselmo for an exclusive interview, but here’s the catch: Philip Anselmo was brought in to conduct an interview with yet another musician and boxing fan … rapper 50 Cent. In an hilarious piece of truth, Anselmo admitted to have no effing clue who 50 Cent was, but penned kind words about the rapper. “Call me morbid, call me pale, call me a victim of pugilistic dementia, but I must say, speaking to this man was an interesting experience,” writes Anselmo. “I was beyond impressed with his smarts, his sense of humor, his accomplishments and his future plans.” Although not one to follow the hip-hop game, Anselmo’s interviewing skills were spot-on: Anselmo : “Do you see any parallels between music and boxing on a business level?” 50 Cent : “Well yes. In the past the majority of the record companies were run continuously. Artists would come up and be really exciting at certain points and eventually go through that cycle of entertainment. Then, they (record companies) built entertainment to destroy them (the artists) for the sake of entertainment. And as you go up, and keep going up in an artist’s career, there’s no place to go but down shortly thereafter. And if you look at some of those older artists that are so talented, then ask yourself, ‘What happened to them?’ or ‘Why aren’t they still recording?’ or ‘Why aren’t they still exciting to the general public?’, it’s because the public follows that system. The shadow of doubt is cast over artists and music culture at different points. You have to be independent in order to work things out through that shadow. Because it’s this system that decides who is relevant, and companies have to see if they’re gonna continue to market and promote the actual projects anymore. And it’s the same with fighters; they’ll grow up and they’ll see some excitement around them and they’re having their moment, but in boxing if there is no opponent, the general public will make one for you. If a guy happens to be a shining star in his weight class, there’ll be another fighter that may have a great performance in the same division, so that guy will be perceived as the guy that can beat the shining star. And the public and press will make the challenger as relevant as you, because the star fighter needs to fight! And like music culture is to boxing, you’re only as exciting as your last hit record, or in boxing/music terms, your last performance or fight.” Check out Philip Anselmo’s full interview with 50 Cent at Boxing Insider. [button href=”″ title=”Down – 10 Best Metal Albums of 2012″ align=”center”]

Nikki Sixx Gets Engaged to Courtney Bingham, Continues Work on New Motley Crue Songs

John Sciulli, Getty Images Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is surely all smiles right now, as he’s been revealing a mess of good news during the last few days. Along with the bassist giving fans an update on the progress of Motley Crue’s new material, Sixx has just announced that he popped the question to his model girlfriend Courtney Bingham, officially snatching her up as the future Mrs. Sixx. Sixx is one of heavy metal’s most active musicians when it comes to social media. The bassist’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are both constantly being updated by Nikki himself to keep in close contact with his legions of fans, and those very fans have come out in droves to congratulate Sixx on the engagement. This will be the bassist’s third marriage, having previously tied the knot with Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico. Earlier today (Nov. 26), Sixx posted the news of his most recent engagement on his Facebook page: When Courtney and I were in St Bart’s I popped the question and she said YES….We would like to thank everybody who has been tweeting and posting online us congratulations….Both of us and our families are beyond happy….. The warm sentiments from fans have been pouring in since the announcement. Sixx also used Facebook to  update  fans on the progress of Motley Crue’s new material, writing the following message over the weekend: So glad we recorded the new “Motley Crue” track “Sex” and actually got it out in time for the last tour for you to hear live. Obviously there is much more to come (as always). Mick Mars told me he has so many riffs ready to go too….But “Sex” was just a taste of some “New Crue”. I’ve personally been writing my ass off for months now. Feeling really inspired to follow it up with the rest of the songs from the band too……. Have a great weekend… Rock n Roll…… Congrats to Nikki Sixx and Courtney Bingham and best wishes for their life as husband and wife. [button href=”” title=”Nikki Sixx to Create Musical Based on Book ‘The Heroin Dairies'” align=”center”]

Tony Iommi Offers Update on Progress of New Black Sabbath Album

Kevin Winter, Getty Images We now know that Black Sabbath ‘s as-yet-untitled new album is set to be released in April of 2013. Last night (Oct. 31), guitarist Tony Iommi was interviewed at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund awards in Hollywood, and he gave an update on the album’s progress. Iommi told Eric Blair (watch below) that previous reports that he had finished the guitar parts for the album are not true. “That’s wrong. When Ozzy said it [in a recent interview], I think he meant what we’ve done. We’ve written 15 songs and we’ve played them all. But now, at the moment, we’re recording them. We recorded them at my house first, in England, just as demos, but now we’re doing them for real. So we’re about six tracks in now, at the moment.” Geezer Butler, Ozzy and Iommi are all part of Sabbath’s new album, but after a contract dispute, drummer Bill Ward is not. Iommi says although they might play together in the future, it won’t be on this album. “We’ll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it’s gone past that now, because it’s gone on so long that I don’t see that happening at the moment. Maybe at some point we might [play together again].” The purpose of last night’s event was to raise money and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Having battled cancer himself recently, Iommi was happy to receive the ‘King of Rock N’ Roll’ award. “Well, I’m a survivor up until now. I’m still very new to it. It’s great that there’s somebody doing something about it and trying to get rid of this awful disease. You can’t praise it enough. Things like this is what is needed to make people aware of what is going on.” Iommi shared a favorite memory of Dio. “Oh, I’ve got a lot of memories of Ronnie. We had some great times. Particularly when we’d done the last album with Ronnie [‘The Devil You Know’] and the last tours, it was a whole new world. We had such a great time and we were looking forward to doing another album. So there’s a lot of great memories of Ronnie.” In addition to the album release month, Sabbath also announced they will be doing an Australian tour in late April and early May of 2013. And if that weren’t enough Black Sabbath news for one day, they also confirmed that they will be headlining the second night of the inaugural Ozzfest Japan in May of 2013. Watch Eric Blair Interview Tony Iommi [button href=”” title=”Next: Black Sabbath Announce April 2013 Release for New Album” align=”center”]

Exclusive: The Last Vegas Go Acoustic

Amy Aiello Photography The Last Vegas are bringing back a down-and-dirty sound to rock ‘n’ roll with their latest album ‘Bad Decisions.’ The Chicago-based rockers recently stopped by our office to perform a couple of acoustic tracks off the new disc, as well as a favorite from their previous album, ‘Whatever Gets You Off.’ As for the new album, singer Chad Cherry tells us, “If you’re a rock ‘n’ roll fan, you’re gonna really like [‘Bad Decisions’]. It’s a little more raw than our last record, a little rough around the edges and a little catchier.” If you’re new to the Last Vegas, Cherry has this to say about their vibe: “We go on the road with the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Buckcherry, so if you’re a fan of hard rock, you’re gonna be a fan of the Last Vegas.” The Last Vegas have a handful of dates scheduled for the remainder of the year, with a CD release show set for their hometown of Chicago on Friday, Oct. 5. Check out their current itinerary here ; pick up ‘Bad Decisions’ here ; and watch their exclusive performances of ‘You Are the One,’ ‘Don’t Take It So Hard’ and ‘I’m Bad’ below: ‘You Are the One’ ‘Don’t Take It So Hard’ ‘I’m Bad’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch the Last Vegas ‘Evil Eyes’ Video” align=”center”]

Serj Tankian Shows His Eclectic Record-Buying Tastes in New Video

Serj Tankian is a man of many musical tastes as showcased on his eclectic variety of albums over the last decade, so a trip to the record store with the singer provides insight into where his many influences lie. In a new video shot for Amoeba Records’ ‘What in My Bag?’ series, Tankian takes a trip through the Los Angeles record store and shows off what’s catching his eye. On