Dirt - Friday, Apr 14

Happy Friday!!!   Actually, it’s Good Friday.   A holy day.  But isn’t every Friday a good day?

Seether has debuted a new song called “Nothing Left” from the band’s upcoming seventh studio album, Poison The Parish. This is the heaviest Seether album in some time and frontman Shaun Morgan told us that’s because the band has gone back to basics: We’ve rediscovered who we are — I’ve rediscovered who I am, and I have a label who’s in my corner and believes in me and stands behind me. So I just want to get out there now on this album and go back to being the band we — like, the chaotic, the unpredictable band, the ‘are my parents gonna like this band?’ band. And hopefully your parents don’t like us, because that’s the point.”

Poison The Parish is out on May 12th and is the first release via Morgan’s new label imprint, Canine Riot Records, with distribution via Concord Music.  The first single from the set, “Let You Down,” is currently Number Three on the rock radio chart.

The group’s world tour in support of the CD will feature headline shows and major festival appearances throughout the spring and summer, including the fifth annual Rise Above Fest on Jul 22nd and 23rd in Bangor, ME.

Yesterday, the British duo Royal Blood unveiled it’s first single and video from their forthcoming second album, How Did We Get So Dark?  The new album will be released on Jun 16.  The 10-track album was written in England, Los Angeles and Nashville and recorded over six weeks in Brussels, Belgium, with mixing done in London.

The single is called “Lights Out” and the video starts out with the duo playing on a mat in a white room as the floor turns to liquid and bodies begin to emerge from different parts of the space. The scene goes red and eventually the two band members themselves begin to sink into the waters below them.

Songs on the disc include “I Only Lie When I Love You,” “Hook, Line and Sinker,” “Look Like You Know,” “Don’t Tell” and “Where Are You Now?”  The new set follows up the duo’s celebrated debut LP, which yielded the hits “Figure It Out” and “Out Of The Black.”

Royal Blood has a string of live appearances coming up this summer, including the Governor’s Ball in New York City on Jun 4th and the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Jun 11th, as well as a full slate of European festivals. I understand they are coming to NYC to do some press in early May, so hopefully we will have them in the hardDriveRadio Studios then!

This is an interesting option for the DeLeo Brothers to consider.  The Pulse Of Radio says singer Mina Caputo of the New York metal act Life Of Agony, told Alternative Nation she would jump at the chance to become the vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots. Revealing she went through the open audition process the band held last year, Caputo said, “I just feel like it’s so meant to be. I feel like I’m the right person for the right equation, because not only would I do my damnedest to honor the Stone Temple Pilots catalog . . . but more so than ever, I would love, love, love to create new music with the Stone Temple Pilots.”

Caputo continued, “I honestly don’t think they really know the true essence and limitlessness of who I am as an individual, or a vocalist, or a front person. I think the only really good way for them to judge would be to actually get me in the room with them, or doing something new with them — to show them. Because I definitely have the sensibility. I know what they’re looking for. I know what they want.

Caputo, who was formerly known as Keith Caputo, announced in 2011 that she was transitioning from male to female. She admitted she had not heard anything since going through the audition process, saying, “Just because I’m in the business or didn’t think I should get any kind of special treatment because I’m in somewhat of a successful act or whatever, I went through the rings like everybody else, and then I didn’t hear anything.”

STP’s singer situation remains unclear following an extensive round of open auditions that kicked off around a year ago. The band began its search for a new vocalist following the Dec 2015 death of original frontman Scott Weiland and the departure of his replacement, Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington.  After receiving submissions from hundreds of candidates, STP reportedly narrowed the search to a few potential singers, but have yet to announce a final choice.

Meanwhile, Life Of Agony just released new music off their forthcoming album, A Place Where There Is No More Pain, due Apr 28th.  Their tour kicks off Apr 27th in Allston, MA.

Help!!!!!!  Someone has kidnapped Linkin Park and released music under their name!   What is going on?  Why have they abandoned rock?  Are they trying to walk away from rock radio all together?  I am confused.   Maybe this is why Chester Bennington is doing something with Mark Morton of Lamb of God?   I’m very confused!

All That Remains has released a lyric video for the song “Louder,” taken from the band’s upcoming album Madness. Frontman Phil Labonte said about the track, “The song ‘Louder’ is about not backing down or self censoring because people yell about what you think or believe. There will always be people who want to shout you down or say you can’t and that’s when you have to stand firm.” Madness arrives on Apr 28th and was co-produced by the band and Howard Benson in LA.

 Lars Ulrich of Metallica told CFOX radio in Vancouver, BC  he’s overwhelmed with the support and fan response to their latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.   Blabbermouth  reports Jeremy Baker from CFOX  asked if Lars would agree that Metallica‘s new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, contains musical elements of all of the band’s previous efforts, Lars said: “In the last six months, as I’ve criss-crossed this wonderful planet and done lots of shows and interviews and appearances, I’ve heard so many analogies and assessments of this record. Thankfully, pretty much all of them have been super positive and very complementary. I’ve heard everything — you know, ‘Metallica is back to this,’ or, back to that’, ‘or ‘doing this again’ — and I think that the best thing that I could do is kind of just nod my head and agree with all that.

He continued: ‘When we sit down and make a record, our primary goal is to come up with the best collection of songs possible in that moment. And sometimes when we’ve made records that have been a battlecry or a blueprint or a destination point that’s been more obvious or more focused than at other times, on this record, there wasn’t really a specific kind of thing that we were going after. We just wanted to, like I said, turn the best songs into the best record possible. I don’t think that there’s a right or wrong way to look at these songs.”

Ulrich added: “A lot of people seem to feel that this certainly has a correlation to previous Metallica records, and I’m not gonna talk anybody out of that whatsoever. I’m stunned and kind of overwhelmed at the amount of love and appreciation that’s coming in the direction of this new record. People have really embraced this record in ways that we did not even think was possible. So I’m happy with that. And all the rest of it’s gravy. Like I said, if people think that it’s this or that or whatever, I’m not gonna talk anybody out of it. It seems to just connect with people in ways that are very special and I’m, like, very appreciative of that. So it’s a good time to be in Metallica right now.”

Lars also talked about the stong sales performance of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which hit No. 1 in a staggering 57 countries, Top 3 in 75 countries and Top 5 in 105 countries upon its release last November. This day and age when releasing records is such a crapshoot and you have no idea what’s really gonna happen… I mean, it really is the Wild West out there, and the remnants of the once-functioning music business and all this stuff… I mean, who knows what the hell is gonna happen when you put a record out,” he said. “So I’m just happy that people to, like I said, really care about this record, embrace it on a worldwide basis. This record has just really connected with people in so many different countries where we’ve been in the last couple of months, from Latin America to Asia — China, Mexico, Singapore or wherever — all these crazy, crazy, wonderful places we’ve been. Certainly in this day and age where putting records out is, like I said… you never really what’s gonna happen and you never quite know what to expect. Twenty years ago, thirty years ago, there was much more of a… it would fall into an expected path: ‘Here’s the record. Now this is gonna happen. And that’s gonna happen.’ It would sort of be by the books. Nowadays, who knows what’s up, down and sideways? So the fact that you can put out a record that people care about and that seems to connect and sell and sound somewhat relevant or contemporary, or whatever people say about it, is a pretty awesome thing.”

The North American leg of Metallica‘s “World-Wired” 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat, with Gojira taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

The first European leg of “World-Wired” kicks off on Sep 04 in Amsterdam, NL and stretches through Nov. After a break, the trek will pick up again on Feb 10, 2018 in Bologna, IT, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, FI.

Have a great weekend and don’t eat too much candy!  Happy Passover/Happy Easter!

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