Of Mice & Men Announce In-Store Signings

Of Mice & Men will celebrate the release of their new album Defy (out January 19) with some in-store signings. Here’s the dates for those:

01/19 Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba Music
01/20 El Cajon, CA – FYE
01/21 Fullerton, CA – FYE
01/22 Bakersfield, CA – FYE

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Napalm Death’s Shane Embury Talks About His Upcoming Side Projects With Mastodon, Faith No More, Etc. Members

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury was recently interviewed on The Void With Christina and discussed two side projects he has in the works with members of Mastodon and more. You can watch the full interview and read some excerpts below:

Embury said the following about Tronos, which involves Napalm Death producer Russ Russell, Faith No More‘s Billy Gould, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, and a member of Voivod:

“One project, for about five years, I’ve been working on with a guy who produces our records [Russ Russell,] it’s got kind of a doomyish, doomy, weird, shoegazing, doomy kind of music. Billy [Gould] from Faith No More plays bass on some of the tracks, Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon, a guy from Voivod on guitar. ‘Cause the guy who produces our albums, he’s part of it so, we can record for free. So he’s been zoning out on it forever. It’s called Tronos—which is just Spanish for ‘thrones’—I nicked it from a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ DVD in Spanish.

Russ Russell, the guy who produces the Napalm albums and stuff, and all the stuff that I’ve been involved with, he’s got quite a graphic deal as well… So he’s got lots of visual stuff going on and if we can pull it off I’d like to play the ‘Roadburn Festival‘ in Holland, cause then you’d be able to do the projections. And because of the people involved I can only imagine doing the odd show here and there.”

He also said the following about another project, which features Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, along with ex-Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp:

“Kevin [Sharp] probably didn’t mention that me and him are doing a project with Bill and Bran from Mastodon. Well, he’s got about three million riffs now, we’ve just gotta try to arrange them into songs, it’s heavy stuff. We demoed it in Bill‘s studio, ’cause Kevin built Bill‘s studio for him. Kevin‘s a grindcore carpenter. So we just got a buncha riffs there, it’s a case of trying to work it out, it’s gonna take awhile.”

On another note, he also talked a bit about Napalm Death’s new material:

“It’s fast. But there’s also a lot of weird… Hopefully some—I don’t want to say experimental—but hopefully once it’s done it will go in a few different directions.”

“I don’t want to say noise—there might be some stuff like that—but there’s like a couple of mid-paced Killing Joke-esque influences. So hopefully we veer off in a few directions and hopefully it will make the album, a bit… it will still be abrasive, but not constantly fast all the time.

There is some extremely fast stuff, but ya know… We’ve all been kind of like ticking away every album, trying a little bit of this, a little bit of that, so each step… So this one will be the most diverse one yet, I hope.”

[via The PRP]

Janet Gardner (Vixen) Premieres “Candle” Music Video

Vixen’s Janet Gardner has premiered a new video for “Candle” off her self-titled debut solo album. This news comes after it was previously reported that Gardner is recovering from an emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma.

Gardner commented:

“As many of you who follow our pages may know, Justin and I recently finished shooting our latest video. It was planned to be released, and promoted over
the next couple of weeks.

This song is deeply personal to me. It is about a very difficult time in my life, the passing of my parents. I wanted to be their Candle, and get them through that moment.

Now at another very difficult moment in my life, so many of you have deeply touched me with your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and support.

We wanted to post this video for all of you.
Thank you all so much for being my Candle.”

Bad Wolves Reveal That The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Was About To Sing On Their Cover Of “Zombie” Right Before She Died

As previously reported, Dolores O’Riordan passed away today (January 15) at the age of 46, right before she was set to enter a recording studio. Now, Bad Wolves, the band featuring John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, etc.), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment), have revealed that the recording session was booked, so she could contribute guest vocals to their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Vext commented:

“We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie. We have always had deep respect for her as an artist and a vocalist and she was never afraid to bare her soul in her music and lyrics.

Zombie is an incredibly personal song and although we are a hard rock band, we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to, regardless of genre. When we heard she liked our version and wanted to sing on it, it was the greatest compliment a new band, or any band for that matter, could have received.

Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. We hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world.

~ Tommy Vext“