More Metallica news starts Dirt today! The Pulse Of Radio reporting frontman James Hetfield has confirmed the band has completed recording its long-awaited 10th studio album for a late 2016 release. Speaking with NBC Sports recently before Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final in San Jose, Hetfield explained, “We’re mixing it now, so hopefully by fall it’ll be out and hitting people’s ears. We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing. And the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be. So we’re excited about it.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich recently said in an interview that June would be the month in which the band will begin deciding on what to call the album and how they plan to release it to the public. The disc will follow up 2008′s Death Magnetic and marks the longest gap between studio albums in the band’s 33-year recording history. The band previewed a new song called “The Lords Of Summer” live last year, although there’s no word on whether that song is on the album.
Lars Ulrich’s wife, Jessica Miller Photo credits: Lars Ulrich
In other news, Ulrich recently shot a series of black-and-white images featuring his wife, model Jessica Miller, for a new denim collaboration between Citizens Of Humanity and German e-commerce site MyTheresa.com. The collection launched this week at both sites and prices range from $408 to $536 on items including vests, jackets and jeans. Who knew Lars was a photographer?!
Tom Morello and Brendan O’Brien in the studio. Photo from The Prophets of Rage Twitter page
Rage Against The Machine has always been a political band, speaking out about injustice and inequality. The new offshoot, The Prophets of Rage, is no different. The Pulse Of Radio announcing Rage Against The Machine and Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello will headline a series of shows this summer to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which was signed earlier this year and which Morello opposes. According to Loudwire, the tour will kick off on July 23rd in Denver with a free show at the Summit Music Hall. Other artists on the bill will include Anti-Flag, Ant-Man actress Evangeline Lilly, Flobots and Downtown Boys.
Morello said about the TPP, “Working people everywhere have had enough. The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That’s why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it’s time for us to get loud.”
Morello told us a while back that he’s never been afraid to use his platform as a musician to speak out on the issues that concern him: “People ask the most asinine questions, like, well, why — ‘I don’t want to hear from you — shut up and rock,’ you know. But when you pick up a guitar, you don’t put down your First Amendment rights. What I would say is ‘You should be speaking out as well.’ Like, why should we just leave it to a bunch of billionaires and crooks to run our country?”
Morello will also be busy this summer with the Prophets Of Rage tour. The band, which features the instrumental section of Rage Against The Machine along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, launches the tour on Aug 19th in Fairfax, Va.
The Prophets Of Rage entered the studio this week to record a brand new song called “The Party’s Over,” which the band premiered at its recent live shows. The group is using veteran producer Brendan O’Brien, who has previously worked with Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Stone Temple Pilots and others.
SIDE NOTES: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries. It was signed on February 4th after seven years of negotiations. Its stated goals are to “promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections.”
Meanwhile, expect The Prophets of Rage to be doing a protest show at this summer’s Republican National Convention.
Bullet For My Valentine: Padge, Jamie, Matt, Moose
Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck told hardDrive a while back his band has an EP in the works they plan to release at some point. According to Blabbermouth, Matt told Finland’s Kaaos TV, ”It’s still work in progress. We’ve been so busy touring, man, that we just really heaven’t had the creative head on to get stuck into writing stuff. We’ve been touring since the New Year, really, and we were touring in July last year right to Christmas, so the schedule has been so manic that everyone is just not there yet. We need a little bit of downtime to regroup and get creative. We just wanna get in the studio and write a couple of songs, just for fun, and get it out there. There’s no real gameplan behind it. We just feel that when we have a bit of downtime, we’d like to get into the studio and just release a couple of songs for fun.”
I’ve heard of axe throwing contests at Scottish games, but this is a new one from the metal world! Check out Pure Grain Audio‘s coverage of Killswitch Engage‘s Jesse Leach vs Joel Stroetzel as they toss axes at massive wooden targets at BATL in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Love it! Thanks Blabbermouth!
Well, gotta dash. Pierce The Veil is headed into the studios today. We’ll record frontman Vic Fuentes doing an acoustic performance and speak with the band for an upcoming hardDrive DL podcast and interview for our shows. Have a great day!