Matt Pike Says Sleep Turned Down Coachella To Play Roadburn

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Matt Pike revealed that Sleep were actually offered a chance to perform at Coachella next year and that they ended up turning it down. The band made their decision because they wanted to be free to perform at the Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands, which is being held on April 11 – 14, the same time as Coachella’s first weekend (April 12 – 14).

Pike said the following:

“We love that festival [Roadburn] and we love Walter [Hoeijmakers] who puts the festival on. We sorted it so far in advance that, at present, that’s the only thing that we have planned for next year. We aren’t even booked anywhere so far, so there’s lots of scheduling that we need to do… but we actually turned down Coachella because of Roadburn!

“Coachella actually pays more, but fuck that, we want to do Roadburn! I see Coachella as a new kind of Lollapalooza, and it’s an odd thing for us to be involved in – although it would have been good press, I guess. There’s actually this clause for it that says you can’t play anywhere else for six months after it – so fuck that! I’ll make more money if I don’t play it and I’ll be happier at Roadburn!

“It’s special, and it’s always been special; the people that go there, the people who put it on, it’s very real. I go there and just wander around and make sure I try and see every band there that I want to see, and believe you me, there are always a lot of them!”

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Arch Enemy Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Their “The World Is Yours” Video

Arch Enemy are offering a behind-the-scenes look at their “The World Is Yours” video. You can check that out below. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Will To Power.”

Slipknot & All That Remains May Tour Together Next Year Thanks To A Recent Twitter Conversation

Thanks to a Twitter conversation involving Corey Taylor and Phil Labonte, Slipknot and All That Remains may hit the road together next year. You can read that discussion below:

[via Alternative Press]

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare (Neurosis, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Tomb Puncher”

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare (Neurosis, Etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Tomb Puncher,” via cvltnation.com. This track is from the band’s new album “I See What I Became,” which will be released on September 28.

August Burns Red To Release New Holiday EP “Winter Wilderness”

August Burns Red will be releasing a new holiday EP, titled “Winter Wilderness,” on November 9. The effort, which will be available digitally and on 10″ white vinyl, will include three new tracks and three previously released tracks. Pre-orders have already surfaced on Amazon and more. Here’s the track listing:

01. “Avalanche”
02. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”
03. “Winter Wilderness”
04. “Home Alone Theme”
05. “What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)”
06. “Last Christmas”

[via The PRP]

Skillet’s John Cooper Announces New Metal Project Fight The Fury

Skillet’s John Cooper has announced the launch of his new metal project Fight The Fury. The band, which also features Skillet guitarist Seth Morrison, along with drummer Jared Ward and guitarist John Panzer III, are planning to release their debut EP via Atlantic Records later this year.

Cooper commented:

“I am so pumped about the release of Fight The Fury. This is a side of me and my music that I don’t get to show very often. It takes me back to when I first heard metal and the reason I fell in love with music. It’s raw and unfiltered and emotional.”

“Fight The Fury is for all of the fans out there who like the heavy side of Skillet, but want a super-heavy album. I hope they feel the emotion of the songs that we have put together because this project is for them.”

The group currently have a Russian tour booked. Cooper added the following about that:

“I am so thrilled to announce to Russian fans that Fight The Fury will be playing our first show ever, on our very first tour ever, in Russia. I’m happy about that because Russian fans are some of the very best in the world. I believe that Russia will embrace Fight The Fury and I look forward to performing! We will have many surprises for you!”

Tour Dates:

12/02 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub Green Concert
12/03 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Cosmonavt
12/05 – Novosibirsk, Russia @ Podzemka
12/06 – Tomsk, Russia @ Teatro
12/08 – Kaliningrad, Russia @ Vagonka
12/09 – Minsk, Russia @ Re:public
12/11 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Atlas