Dirt - Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

Oh I LOVE this! The Pulse Of Radio says Corey Taylor made a cameo in a new video for a banjo version of Slipknot’s ”Psychosocial.” Music virtuoso and huge metal fan, Rob Scallon, recorded the song playing banjo and shot the video in a barnyard. The band wore masks imitating Slipknot and at the very end, Taylor walks in and jokes about the song.

Along with the video, there is also a bloopers reel online where Taylor and Scallon keep trying till they get it right.  The song features Leo Moracchioli on vocals.

Percussionist Shawn Crahan once told us regarding “Psychosocial”…”One thing I can feel is like that song has got a lot of, I would say social anxiety. It’s got a real good tempo. It’s really fun and it’s different. I think most of the stuff that we have is different.”

Meanwhile, Blabbermouth is reporting Shawn told “The MetalSucks Podcast” about the possibility of Slipknot recording a double concept album in the vein of Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall” and The Beatles‘ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Asked if he would personally prefer to release two separate albums at the same time or just unleash two hours of new music in one package, the percussionist said: “Don’t hold me to this, but if I had my own way — which I don’t, but I’ve got a big say — I would do two records that would come out the same time, but there would be no more than nine songs [per album] and [each] album would be under an hour, if not under fifty minutes.”

He continued: “I was fortunate enough to work with [producer] Rick Rubin on [Slipknots 2004 album] ’Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’, and he and I got in an interesting conversation about what it takes to make a phenomenal double album, and the first thing he said was about seventy-five songs — to be able to whittle it down to the best. I never forgot that. And right now we have a lot of material — a lot. It doesn’t mean a lot of finished material, but we have a lot of material because of the experience we went through last album. So I’m hoping we’ll get a lot of material, whittle it down to the best eighteen [songs] and keep it under an hour [per album].”

According to Crahan, a double album would be unlike a lot of other two-disc releases in that it would be free of any unnecessary interludes and instrumental filler sections just to balloon the concept to a full-length record’s length requirements.

I don’t want to make something arty-farty where it just has the liberty to move around and you get all these segues and little art pieces,” he said. “Fuck that! I wanna get busy. I wanna kick you in the face and in the nuts on album A, nine songs, and then you put on album B, nine songs, and it’s all over before you could even imagine.

“In the old days, you had to put out fifteen songs anyway; you couldn’t even go make your record with a label unless you can give ‘em a demo of fourteen to twenty songs — period,” he explained. “But I’m not gonna push a second album unless it’s there.

Shawn said that fans shouldn’t expect to see any new music from the band for quite some time. I haven’t really talked to Corey in a while and I’m not going to for a while. He’s doing Stone Sour. When he gets done with that, he’ll share with me what his trip is. And then we’ll see if his trip and my trip and Jim‘s [Root, guitar] trip and Mick‘s [Thomson, guitar] trip all can work together, and then we’ll have a plan. But I’ll be honest with you — we won’t start with an idea of doing a double album; we’ll just work, work, work, work, and a bunch of songs will show themselves. And if there would happen to be eighteen songs, I would really motivate for a double album.

Crahan insisted that Taylor’s involvement with Stone Sour isn’t the only reason Slipknot is taking a long break before hitting the studio to record the follow-up to “.5: The Gray Chapter”.

“Guess what — I need the time off,” he said. “Today is the last day I would ever want to redo a mask or artwork. I need time, man. I toured for three years. At the end of it, my father-in-law died. My front-of-house engineer has passed away, who was with us for fifteen years. The last thing I wanna do is get on the road with Slipknot and try to recreate something. We need time.

“Corey’s written a record [with Stone Sour], recorded a record, and he’s out supporting it,“ Crahan continued. “When he’s done, we’ll all get back, we’ll all take a deep breath and we’ll be ready, and it’ll be business and art as usual, just the way you like it.”

 

Got this off the Avenged Sevenfold Twitter page.  So hit this site and ask away!

Meanwhile, the band’s ongoing lawsuit with their former label, Warner Bros, will begin in December.  Wonderers are wondering what the outcome will be.

Mastodon!  Did you spot them in the season finale of Game Of Thrones????  I didn’t, so it gives me reason to rewatch the episode!   Three of the band members Brann DailorBill Kelliher, and Brent Hinds made an appearance on the season finale of Game of Thrones on Sunday night as White Walkers. They previously appeared as Wildlings in season 5 and contributed a song titled “White Walker” to 2015’s Catch the Throne: Volume II mixtape.

In other Mastodon news, as rumored earlier this month…the Atlanta progressive metal band has now confirmed they will release a new EP featuring four previously unreleased tracks. Three of the songs were recorded during the sessions for their 2014 album Once More ‘Round The Sun and one song was recorded during the sessions for their current album Emperor Of Sand.

Cold Dark Place will be available digitally and on CD on Sep 22, followed by the release of a limited-edition, ten-inch vinyl picture disc on Oct 27.

EP Song List

01. North Side Star
02. Blue Walsh
03. Toe to Toes
04. Cold Dark Place

Pre-orders will receive an instant download of the track “Toe to Toes” on Sep 1.

Mastodon will also launch a series of fall dates across North America next month with Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour will include a benefit concert at The Metro in Chicago, IL on September 9 in honor of suicide prevention month. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support suicide prevention and mental health education.

Next month Mastodon will appear on the cover of the newly relaunched  Revolver  magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands on Sep 12, will be available with four different covers, each featuring a member of Mastodon. When all four covers are placed together side by side, a single image of the full band is created.

As an added bonus, Revolver subscribers will receive an exclusive and very limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with their paid order. The A-side is the version of “Toe To Toes” that appears on Cold Dark Place, and the B-side is a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. The single will be housed in a picture sleeve featuring exclusive artwork by Richey Beckett, who also created the cover image of the Cold Dark Place EP. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio, Blabbermouth & Pitchfork!)

Antimusic reporting Queens of the Stone Age’s new album Villains, their 7th,  came out on Friday (Aug 25) and in honor of the release, the band has shared a stripped down version of their new single “The Way You Used to Do.”

It was recorded during an acoustic performance for a German radio station and stands in stark contrast to the original track and video.

The band has been entertaining and creative in promoting their new music…This week they released a FAKE commercial for a cologne called “Villain,”  saying that it includes side effects such as sex tantrums and Porky Pig thoughts.

 

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