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Ulrich on the new Metallica album

lars-ulrichEarlier this week that Metallica announced they’d be issuing a cassette version of their 1982 demo No Life ‘Til Leather, and Lars Ulrich also got talking about the band’s next album.
“We are f–king in it,” Ulrich says “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close.”
Metallica have been working on the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic for a while now, and Ulrich reveals they are making progress. He says they have written nearly 20 new songs and will likely begin pre-production soon, though they haven’t yet finalized who will produce the album.
“The creative elements are getting close to being done,” Ulrich says. “Just remember, this is still ‘Metallica time.’ When I say we’re close to being done, it means the next month or so. There’s a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events … But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day.”
Ulrich says they are planning on trying some new things with this album: “In our world, there’s been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we’re trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you’re first playing a song into the studio.”
Ulrich continues, “You want to tweak it and get it good, but you also want to record it in a way where it doesn’t feel laboured over and overthought,” he continues. “We’re trying to figure out where that line is.”
Metallica will be “Escaping from the Studio” as usual and Ulrich says he hopes the band will have some new material to play during upcoming shows.

IN HEARTS WAKE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM SKYDANCER ON MAY 1

image004In Hearts Wake have announced their new album SKYDANCER, to be released on May 1, with lead single ‘Breakaway’ being premiered on triple j today at midday.

A documentary on the creation of the album is available to watch now at skydancerproject.com All pre-order links and bundles will be available on the website tomorrow along with the video for first single ‘Breakaway’ is premiered on the UNFD YouTube channel. SKYDANCER is the second half of an ambitious project that has been planned in secret well before the release of award-winning breakthrough album EARTHWALKER. SKYDANCER will be released 364 days after its predecessor. Both albums were recorded in the same session as 2013 drew to a close and share a multitude of themes across their artwork, lyrics and charitable intentions.

The EARTHWALKER CD contained a hidden booklet with a short poem referring to the masculine and feminine worlds and the lyrics to first single ‘Breakaway’. But until very recently, no fans were aware of the secret clue. “I’d been searching for a concept that could explain the relationship between the masculine and feminine worlds and how we needed to be at peace with both in order to be whole,” says frontman Jake Taylor, who also wrote and produced the video for ‘Breakaway’. “Many indigenous cultures believed that the human body was a bridge between Mother Earth and Father Sky. One could not exist without the other, and therefore everything was one. To me, the essence of these two divine energies could be seen even within my own parents, and I felt like I was the product of both.” The album includes a new version of former single ‘Skydancer’ featuring Jonathan Vigil of The Ghost Inside, as well as guest appearances from Marcus Bridge of Northlane and J Hurley and Ben Marvin of Hacktivist.

SKYDANCER will also see In Hearts Wake working in conjunction with Local Futures – a nonprofit organisation lead by Helena Norberg-Hodge; pioneer of the localisation movement and director of of the award-winning documentary, The Economics of Happiness. The organisation is dedicated to the protection and renewal of ecological and social wellbeing at a local, tangible level. Byron Bay quintet In Hearts Wake released EARTHWALKER on May 2, 2014, which debuted at #5 on the ARIA Charts. They went on to sell out their entire album tour, break through into the European and North American markets and play as one of the headliners at the inaugural UNIFY Gathering in January. The band also planted 1,379 native Australian trees as part of the album campaign. Voted #1 album on triple j’s Short Fast Loud poll and the Best Australian Album in the Blunt Magazine Readers’ Poll, the album was a critical and commercial success. SKYDANCER will be released on May 1 via UNFD.

August 2014

ProngIndustrial-Thrash titans Prong are coming to our shores for the first time ever! The guys that delivered tracks like ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck’, ‘Broken Peace’ and ‘Rude Awakening’ will be at the Powerstation Sunday November 23, tickets are available now through Ticketmaster and Event ticketing.

Indonesia is run by a Metal head – it’s official! The country’s new President is Joko Widodo, he won the latest election by more than 6 per cent of the vote. The 53 year old has publicly proclaimed his love of metal citing his favourite bands as Lamb Of God, Napalm Death and Metallica.

Ozzy Memoirs

Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman on October 7 in the U.S. It’ll feature CD and DVD revisiting both Ozzy’s audio and video history. The CD will contain 17 of Osbourne’s greatest hit singles and it will be released in single-CD, two-LP and two-LP picture disc formats. Whilst the DVD is two-discs of music videos, unreleased and out-of-print live performances and interviews from his solo career.

 

Meanwhile Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has said that it’s unlikely he or other members of Judas Priest will release “tell all” autobiography’s. “It’s Rob Halfordbasically trust and respect for each [other]. I would never say anything about Glenn [Tipton], even about the music to a certain respect. But as far as the dirty laundry that some bands are very, very open about displaying, the most important thing for Priest is the music. We really treasure it.”

July 2014

Bruce DickinsonIron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will lead a World War I dogfight re-enactment above the Sonisphere festival, just hours before he takes the stage. He’s part of the Great War Display Team, a group of pilots who fly replica warplanes to commemorate the actions of those who fought and died in the 1914-18 conflict.

Dickinson will be flying his very own Fokker DR1 triplane –the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron.

Randy Blythe, frontman for Virginia’s finest Lamb Of God, posted on his Instagram page recently that he’d had an accident that involved a steaming hot cup of coffee, driving a car and his reproductive organs … we’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

Judas Priest’s new album Redeemer of Souls is out July 8. On their promotional tour around the UK Rob Halford addressed his trademark of the “Metal God” Judas Priest artworkmoniker.

Asked about filing for a trademark of the name he replied, “I would never put myself on that pedestal. That’s the title the fans started to give me after the famous British Steel album. It’s something I really cherish, I don’t want anybody else to be the metal god but me.”

 

avenged-sevenfold-650-430Avenged Sevenfold are still putting the final touches on their new ‘Hail to the King: Deathbat’ mobile video game. It’s been revealed that the band’s late drummer, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, will be included. Once you unlock his character, you can use him as your comrade to help you through the levels.”