Dave Grohl And Corey Taylor’s New Single ‘From Can To Can’t’ Is Online!

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From Can To Can’t, the new single featuring Corey Taylor and Dave Grohl (plus Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder), was premiered on BBC Radio 1 last night and is now online!

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The track is taken from the soundtrack to Grohl’s upcoming film Sound City: Real To Reel, which focuses on LA’s legendary Sound City Studios and features contributions from a host of artists.

Dave and Corey are set to appear together at this year’s Sundance Festival in Utah on January 18.

Check out From Can To Can’t below:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d2GCp8vs168

inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/dave-grohl-and-corey-taylors-new-single-from-can-to-cant-is-online/

Machine Head To Begin Writing New Album This Month

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Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has confirmed that the band will begin writing the follow-up to 2011′sUnto The Locust this month in a new blog posted on the band’s website.

“Just to refresh everyone who may not have read the first journal I wrote, I have started up my diary/journals again after taking a much-needed break from it,” writes our Robb. “They’re now called ‘The General Journals: Diary of a Frontman… and Other Ramblings.’

“For a little background, I started doing these journals/diaries 11 years ago in 2002, between ‘Supercharger’ and ‘Through The Ashes’. It was the first wave of the Internet, and we jumped on board, were one of the first (if not the first) to start the text/video diaries, and we fully embraced it. It was awesome, and enabled our band (that had been completely written off by the major U.S. metal press, and continues to be) to connect with our fans in a really unique way. And that’s what these are for/about: the connection. I need this connection, and from what you’ve told me over the years, you need it too.

“I find myself looking back on my life and so much of it is about searching for a connection, any connection, through music, through shows, through jamming, through partying, through girls/sex, through friends, and oftentimes, down all the wrong paths. Maybe we all are. And maybe some of us don’t need to be. Some of us had great normal lives, lives that kept the need for this fucking endless search at bay. I’m certain that part of it with me is, being adopted at 6 months and never feeling truly ‘connected’ to anyone (3 foster families in the first 6 months of life), but hey, that’s a whole other story.

“Side note: If you’re reading this on a website other than [MachineHead1.com] or our Facebook page, please know that this is not a ‘press release.’ These are my ‘journals,’ ‘ramblings,’ ‘brain dumps,’ etc. There seems to be some confusion about that. If you’re not a fan of the band, feel free to ignore these, I’ll be doing them often, sometimes twice a week. I’m not trying to win anyone over here, I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion of MACHINE HEAD or me, I don’t expect, or even need, everyone to like me or the music we make. This is for the diehard MACHINE HEAD fans (the Head Cases, The Undesirables) who follow the band closely. It’s for our main site, MachineHead1.com, our Facebook, and the PHPList that I’ve started. Its purpose is to give said fans updates, thoughts on life, and life in a band.

“No immediate tour plans, but [MACHINE HEAD] will officially begin writing this week or next. 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. In particular, ‘Postmortem’ by SLAYER seemed to really get our blood flowing. We all talked about it afterward, how they managed to squeeze so many AWESOME riffs into 3 minutes and 28 seconds is just freakin’ mind-boggling (or as our drum tech Mudbilly says, ‘mind-bottling’). ‘Everlong’ and ‘Sad Statue’ were also cool nuggets of shortness (videos of us covering those songs are up on YouTube, check ‘em out).

“Phil [Demmel, guitar] has told me he has some riffs, [Dave] McClain [drums] 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.

‘In other news, we’ve successfully finished our recording contract with Roadrunner and are currently free agents. 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.

“I used to be a staunch believer that the world isn’t waiting for a quickly delivered MACHINE HEAD album, they’re just waiting for a great MACHINE HEAD album. And while I still believe that, in the 10 years between ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’, ‘The Blackening’ and ‘Unto The Locust’, the world stopped caring as much about great ‘albums.’ People want great songs, and while great albums are appreciated, they don’t mean what they used to. People have been burned by too many lousy CDs / albums / downloads. I know I have (the new MUSE record blows, I LOVE that band, but the last 2 have been pretty meh).

“Plus, if you’re making music these days, there’s a hell of a lot of chatter to cut through between Facebook, Twitter, gaming, movies, Instagram, YouTube, social everything, mobile everything… listening to an album front to back ain’t what it used to be. Songs resonate more, it’s easier to get to the point. I don’t even want to listen to most albums all the way through anymore, most have too many songs / are too damn long. Gimme ‘Paranoid’ ANY DAY — 41 minutes, 8 songs (one of which is a drum solo!), a masterpiece. Gimme ‘Moving Pictures’ — 39 minutes, 7 songs, PERFECT!! Remember when SLAYER’s ‘Reign In Blood’ was so short you could squeeze the whole album on one side of a cassette?! The official Def Jam cassette had the whole album repeated on side 2 cause it’s 29 minutes!! People were up in arms, they actually felt ripped off. Today, it’s regarded as a masterpiece.

“Is anyone saying, ‘Man, I wish ‘Reign In Blood’ had 9 more songs’?

“We don’t need 19 songs and 72 minutes of music on a CD. And where would you even get most CD’s nowadays? Between my iPhone, iTunes, and Spotify, I just download or stream it, it’s too easy. I can say without a shred of doubt that I will never buy another physical CD again. Ever. I have found so many new bands on iTunes and Spotify (I use the $9-a-month premium version) it is absolutely incredible. The entire history of recorded music is at your fingertips, at all times. Sure, there are a few holdouts, but they’ll be on board within the year. Even METALLICA just hopped on the Spotify train. The world has gone streaming. It’s just too easy. Hell, I’ve found more new AND old bands on YouTube just surfing around than I ever have going to a record store.

“And so we as a band ask ourselves a lot of unique questions about what we should do. I am absolutely not interested in selling CDs first week of release for $16, $17 or $18 dollars/euros/pounds. I’m not interested in selling CDs at all, frankly, though I realize people still buy and appreciate them… but hey, change is inevitable, especially in this business. Just like cassettes became obsolete, just like CD longboxes became obsolete. I remember when people were pissed that we didn’t offer vinyl for ‘The More Things Change…’, and then really pissed when we didn’t offer cassettes for ‘The Burning Red’, and I mean PISSED about those cassettes! Does anyone miss cassettes now? Hell no.

“And as I write this I’m thinking — as I’m sure many of you are — just how counterproductive the things I’m saying are. I mean, MACHINE HEAD are in the business of selling CDs, right? But at the same time, we’re in the business of making music, for people to listen to, however they want to. We find ways to generate money to pay back the people who loaned us the money to record, to re-invest in our band, to make better records, to put on better light shows, to bring better sound systems, to keep the lights on at MACHINE HEAD, to live our lives, so that we can make more music. We don’t want to get in bed with a bunch of corporate sponsors, we’ve already dabbled in that and it’s a nightmare, worse than the record companies. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up signing with a traditional record company after all, because there is A LOT of stuff that we’re just not interested in doing. Maybe we do something radical instead, I’ve heard a lot of great things about these Kickstarter projects, Amanda Palmer in particular has done amazing…

“I don’t know where I’m even going with this. It’s part vent, part ramble, part trying-to-figure-it-out-as-I’m-typing. But in saying that, let me put it out to you: How do YOU want MACHINE HEAD’s music? Do YOU want a CD? Do YOU want a Spotify stream? Do YOU want the ease of an iTunes download? Do YOU want vinyl with that digital download? Do YOU want a new/different configuration no one has thought about/offered? A guitar that plays the whole record through a USB plug? A calendar-sized booklet with nothing but a download code?

“Write me at TheGeneralJournals@gmail.com, post on our Facebook page, tweet it to me, post a Blabbermouth comment, I’ll read it all. Because to me, it’s all about making the best music we can, about striving to be better than the rest, not just good, but absolutely bad-fucking-ass. Making something so powerful, it can’t help but be heard. And frankly, that’s all that matters. The rest will sort itself out.”

Inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/machine-head-to-being-writing-new-album-this-month/

Zane Lowe To Play Slipknot’s 2009 Download Set On BBC Radio 1 Tonight

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BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe will be playing Slipknot’s legendary 2009 Download headline set on his show from 7pm tonight! If you were there, you know why this is worth tuning into, and you can do so here from 7pm. Lovely.

We hope they have the bleepers ready, mind. Our Corey does like to swear a lot. Slipknot return to Donington for Download 2013 this June.

Inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/zane-lowe-to-play-slipknots-2009-download-headline-set-on-bbc-radio-1-tonight/

Skeletonwitch To Record New Album In April With Converge’s Kurt Ballou

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Skeletonwitch: Well kvlt, mate

 

Mighty Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch have announced that they’re heading to Kurt Ballou’sGodcity Studios in Massachusetts this April to record a new album!

They’ll be hooking up with the Converge guitarist, who’s also produced for the likes of Kvelertak and Black Breath, to record the follow-up to awesome 2011 opus Forever Abomination.

“Happy New Year!,” says the band in a new update. “Hope everyone is off to a great start. First off, thanks to everyone who supported Skeletonwitch during this past year. We did some serious gigging in 2012, and your support on the road and of ‘Forever Abomination’ was overwhelming. We would be nowhere without you.
 
It’s not just idle hands that do the devil’s work — we’re already deep in the process of writing a new record, which is shaping up to be quite an epic slab of metal, if we may say so ourselves. Keep an eye out for frequent updates. Drink it, smoke it, eat it!”
 
Expect it to drop later this year via Prosthetic. but in the meantime, here’s a reason to be excited about it:

AC/DC Headphones. Yup.

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AC/DC have joined fellow rock ‘n’ roll icons Motorhead by releasing their own brand of headphones!

Launched by German company On.Earz, they cost 99 Euros and come with the following bonuses:

* Unique audio experience: hi-performance 40mm dynamic drivers deliver great sound.
* Exclusive design: high value brushed aluminium parts and leather look.
* Ideal for traveling: foldable design, detachable cables and soft carrying case.
* Sharing music: simply connect another headphones in the right ear cup to share your music.
* Stay connected: cable with in-line microphone for use with iPhone, BlackBerry and some other smartphones.
* Inline microphone with remote function for iPhone, Blackberry and some Android smartphones.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Order yours now from OnEarz.com, and don’t forget to grab your free AC/DC poster in the new issue! Ooooh yes,

Inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/acdc-headphones-yup/

HMV To Go Into Administration?

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Reports are surfacing suggesting that HMV are on the verge of administration, potentially ending the trading and services of the last major music store chain on British high streets.

Sky News reported earlier today that the company’s board is deep in “crisis talks” following years of dwindling profits and battles against internet shopping and music downloads, with administration a very real and possible outcome come the end of this week.

The BBC, ITV and numerous other outlets have since alleged that administrators will be called in tomorrow morning.

If HMV is indeed to go into administration, it would put over 4,000 jobs at risk. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

Inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/hmv-to-go-into-administration/

Carcass To Headline Damnation Festival In November!

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UK extreme metal royalty Carcass will headline Damnation Festival in November!

“We’re very excited about the prospect of returning to Damnation Festival this year,” says guitarist Bill Steer. “Our appearance there in 2008 was a major highlight for us and this time around, people can expect to hear a fairly different Carcass set. The old favourites will be in there, of course, but we’re also planning to play a couple of the less obvious tracks from our past, as well as songs from the album we’ve just completed. Join us!”

Not a bad start at all, that. Damnation takes place on November 2 at Leeds University Union. To buy tickets (currently available at 2012 prices), visit http://www.leedstickets.co.uk , the official Damnation Festival website at http://www.damnationfestival.co.uk or facebook.com/damnationfestival

Inf: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/carcass-to-headline-damnation-festival-in-november/