Taproot To Release New Album “SC\SRRS” In September, Announce Flint, MI Show

Taproot have revealed that their new album, “SC\SRRS,” will be released on September 29. With this news, the band have also announced a record release show at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI. The concert will take place on September 29 and tickets for it will be available on March 3 at 10:00am EDT.

Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Richards commented:

“I had written most of this record to be the next Taproot release years ago, following ‘The Episodes’, when some health and other issues arose, we decided to take a break that turned into a longer than anticipated hiatus. After my mother’s passing, I decided I needed to record these songs and share them with friends and fans that were interested in hearing what was next. I’ve spent the last six years doing as much as I could around my personal life to make it happen, and after all of the hard work, the other guys jumped behind me to support and we decided to get it out there and release what is the new Taproot record ‘SC\SSRS’.”

Bassist Phil Lipscomb added:

“Steve had all these great songs recorded that he’d originally written for the next Taproot record that he was planning to just release independently as part of his solo project, but we started talking, and I encouraged him that we should just do it as a Taproot record and pay it the respect that it deserves. And that’s exactly what we did.”

Taproot’s current lineup consists of Richards and Lipscomb as well as new guitarist Taylor Roberts. Original drummer Jarrod Montague will also join the band for select shows. All other shows will feature drummer Dave Coughlin.

Watch Kreator Perform “Midnight Sun” Live With Sofia Portanet In Paris, France

During their February 27 show in Paris, France, Kreator were joined onstage by Sofia Portanet for a live performance of their collaborative track “Midnight Sun.” You can see footage of that at the 22:32 mark in the below video. The song appears on Kreator’s latest album “Hate Über Alles.”

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) Planning To Release First Fictional Novel “Frats” This Spring

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) has revealed that he planning to release a new fictional novel, titled “Frats,” this spring. The frontman shared a list of his current projects on Twitter:

Angel Vivaldi Premieres “Six” Video

Angel Vivaldi has premiered a new video for his new song “Six.” This track is from his new EP “Away With Words Pt 2,” which will be released on April 7. Vivaldi commented:

“Playing with different instruments/musical textures such as fingerstyle, two-hand tapping, open tunings, thinlines and of course electric, resulted in what I feel is the most beautiful song in my discography to date. This song represents the core of my musical values these days.”

Chthonic Premiere “PATTONKAN” Video

Chthonic have premiered a new video for their new song “PATTONKAN.” You can check that out below:

Further information was shared in a press release:

“CHTHONIC‘s lead vocalist and sitting member of Taiwan’s Parliament, Freddy Lim has invested most of his time in parliamentary works, yet inspirations for music still popped up from time to time when he felt depressed. But he didn’t have time to sit down quietly and write them down. “I feel anxious sometimes, there are so many things I want to do, but I feel I don’t have sufficient time in my life to do everything,” he said. “How would those who came before us think of us in Heaven if we don’t move forward?”

With such emotions in mind, Freddy Lim once met Mr. Kao Ying-chieh(高英傑, son of an indigenous victim of Taiwan’s White Terror authoritarian period Kao Yi-sheng(高一生, and his family. Freddy listened to him telling the story of how his father advocated for democracy and was eventually executed, and read the over 60 letters that Kao Yi-sheng sent to his family before he was executed. “The very strong emotional bonds between Kao Yi-sheng and his wife, as well as with his children were an inspiration to me,” Freddy Lim said.

“As long as we don’t give up, defend the people and land we love, and move as hard as we can, we’re on the right track.” Jesse, who co-composed the music, said that they first wrote a lot of complicated stuff, but later simplified it as the emotions flew. “We found that the simplified version actually really hit the spot!”

So the new song was born. The title “Pattonkan” is the indigenous Tsou name for “Yushan(玉山)” or “Jade Mountain”. Jade Mountain is the highest peak in northeast Asia, and considered as a sacred mountain to the Taiwanese. The name “Pattonkan” is meant to be a reminder of the inspiration for the song. The line 風起田地 過溪山野 吾魂四時看顧守護 actually echoes a line in Kao Yi-sheng’s final letter “田地和山野都有我的魂守著”, meaning that his soul will safeguard the fields and mountains of Taiwan.

CHTHONIC again worked with film director Hung Po-te for the music video for “Pattonkan“. The actors in the music video are the same as the ones who acted in Kaoru, Defenders of Bu-Tik Palace, and Millennia’s Faith Undone.

Hung Shih-hsun acted as the male lead Tsing-guan, and Wang Ting-chu acted as his wife Kaoru. The actress who played the daughter in the music video of “Millennia’s Faith Undone (the Aeon’s Wraith Version)” appeared as an adult. Lee Hsueh, who played a role in the movie Untold Herstory also appeared in the video.

The painting that appeared in the “Pattonkan” video is Looking at Jade Mountain from Alishan by Chen Cheng-po(陳澄波). Chen Cheng-po and Kao Yi-sheng were both key players during the

228 Massacre. Chen was executed openly in the street, while Kao was arrested and executed years later. The production team decided to make it more powerful artistically through the connection of the painting and music.

The director, Hung Po-te, pointed out that previous videos in the same series gradually turned from the husband Tsing-guan’s perspective to his wife Kaoru’s. This time, he wishes to show the kid Kiku’s perspective.

The child’s story was inspired by that of Kao Yi-sheng’s daughter Nana. After Kao was executed, his family was still under long-time surveillance and repression by the authoritarian regime.

Nana, who dreamed of becoming a singer, became a controlled “toy” for high-ranking officials. Doris is very supportive of the director’s design of the storyline. “The song is not about praising a hero, but to see a family through a person, and see a generation of people through a family,” Doris said. “this is a song that’s full of brevity, yet also sorrowful.”

Although the song “Pattonkan” is completely in Taiwanese, English subtitles are available on YouTube. “Pattonkan” will be released on all digital platforms starting on March 2.”

In other news, the band will also be performing at the Megaport Music Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on April 1. Notably, the group are planning to livestream the set.

Watch Papa Roach Perform “Dead Cell” With Jacoby Shaddix’s Son Jagger

During their February 22 show in Colorado Springs, CO, Papa Roach were joined onstage by frontman Jacoby Shaddix’s 18-year-old son Jagger for a performance of “Dead Cell.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Monuments Share Photo Of Low Payout They Received After Losing Money From Merch Cuts

Monuments are the latest band to comment on the unfair merch cuts that venues have been placing on artists. The group shared a photo of their payout from a show at the Fabrique in Milan, Italy in which they lost 47% of their revenue. This includes 25% from concession for the venue and 22% from a VAT tax.

Several other artists have since responded as well:

Tai Wright (Rain City Drive):

Garrett Russell (Silent Planet):

Twelve Foot Ninja:

“Never encountered giving merch cuts to a venue until being outside of Australia. Bands should absolutely get a cut of the bar. In the future; bands will either be righteous monks rejecting all materialism or…the only people playing are the mediocre cunts that would pay to do it to live out some “rock star” experience. [oldmanvoicewithawhistle]it’s starting to seem like a game for young fools[/oldmanvoicewithawhistle] I’m thinking of upscaling to the dog food business. Twelve Foot Natural Dog Treats.”

[via The PRP]

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Spent 16 Hours Helping Feed People In Need At The Hope Mission In Los Angeles, CA

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently spent 16 hours barbecuing for nearly 500 people in need at The Hope Mission shelter in Los Angeles. The good deed, which Grohl financed himself, has since gone viral on social media. You can find several posits below:

Staind Finish New Album

It looks like Staind have officially finished their new album. Frontman Aaron Lewis confirmed the news during his February 24 show in Mount Vernon, KY:

“I just finished a new STAIND record. And I just finished my new solo record. How I found the time to do it, I’m not really sure. I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

[via Blabbermouth]