Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Motionless In White To Release “Two Projects” This Summer

Motionless In White have a couple of projects that they are planning to release this summer. Chris Motionless said the following about those:

“Just received the final mixes for two projects we are releasing this summer. I can’t wait for you to hear. All I’m going to say is ….. you should stock up on some Kleenex now ahead of time.”

Motionless In White Frontman Chris Motionless Opens Up About His Recent Mental Health Struggles

Motionless In White’s Chris Motionless has taken to social media to open up about his recent mental health struggles. The singer says he has “been in therapy most of this year, and it has lead to monumental moments of self discovery.”

Motionless initially said the following:

“My mental health is on a serious decline this year. Especially this month. I cant believe how worthless I feel not being able to tour and having so much time to sit in my head and obsess over regrets and self hatred. I hope anyone else experiencing similar feelings are doing okay”

He later added:

“First and foremost, Thank you so much to everyone from friends, fans, artists/band members, and more who reached out to me to show their support and words of encouragement. I was not expecting that at all, and in all of the ugliness I am experiencing, that was a beautiful and inspiring thing to see. I can’t thank you enough for the help.

“Moving on, I’d like to establish that I am aware that so many people in the world are having experiences that far outweigh the severity of my own. I feel so bad for families who have been forced to juggle all of the factors that have fallen on them unexpectedly. For people who have had the rug completely pulled out from under them with no certainty of when this will end. I did not mean to come off like I was taking that away from anyone. However, with mental health being something that people are being rightfully more and more open about, I felt comfortable to express my feelings to people that I know are directly relating. To encourage further discussion about a topic that in its increasing notoriety.. still somehow unjustly seems taboo.

“I stated that I feel worthless due to not touring. I will be honest in that it has frequently been a crutch to help distract myself or have a crucial outlet from personal mental issues, and that I do occasionally find myself tethering my happiness to what is taking place within that realm exclusively, much to the detriment of other areas of my life. However, I said what I said not because my sense of self worth is directly dictated by being enjoyed by our fans, not because who Chris Cerulli is doesn’t exist without the association of the band, but because it is the primary balance I experience on the opposite side of my life long path of creating and experiencing highs and lows. Much like the same release people receive from attending a live performance. It is a feeling and an energy that has the power to shift mountains. To elaborate further on where this is coming from, for the entirety of this year I have been dealing with so many personal issues I have resisted confronting for a long time, but fronted by 2 overlying aspects that took place this year that have been deteriorating as each month has passed, 1 of which being the loss of touring and having to reshape my life around not having the balance I just described. In addition to that, at the beginning of this month, I came face to face with a memento (from the other non band related aspect) that I know would seem very small and probably be regarded as laughable by most people but of severe significance to me, And as a result, Those 2 situations avalanched on me more than they already were, with no solution in sight except potentially the solace of time.

“I’ve been in therapy most of this year, and it has lead to monumental moments of self discovery, reprogramming of my lifestyle, and pivotal life changes that I’ve implemented to improve my quality of living. Despite these improvements, there is sadly no amount of therapy or self exploration that can supplement the feeling of simply doing what I love, and more importantly, it certainly cannot rectify regrets that are irreversible. All my progress has lead me to a point of a line in the sand in which I simply cannot cross. What once was another side of that line full of moments of incredible purpose and happiness that could have extended far beyond the life span of my career… is now a self-inflicted abyss with simply no solid ground for me to step foot on (holy dramatic! Sorry. Yo should I use these as lyrics? *extreme eye roll*) Throughout this year, we have also been working on writing new music and some additional MIW related projects that I am very proud of, but where this creativity usually fills most of whatever voids are present, it has not been as effective and I’ve been met with such a feeling of being lost in not knowing how to handle these very emotions I have been describing when there is seemingly NOTHING i can do about it except, as I said, to rely on the passing of time as my only remedy.

“At the risk of sounding like a self help meme, If so many of the comments I received about being a person that many look to for release are true, let this letter be a catalyst to spark your own personal journey to confronting destructive thoughts and patterns in your life, or at least to be open to talk about them. Fuck the fear of speaking out about how you feel, fuck your toxic masculinity, and fuck the idea that someone’s status should determine if someone is ‘allowed’ to be in pain. You can have all the money and fame in the world, but that can’t buy you true love or a true connection with people around you. It can’t buy back relationships and friendships. If you can try and tell me you’re not dealing with something that if handled could promote a better quality of your life, then I am calling you a fucking liar. On the positive side, though the 2 aspects of my year that I mentioned feeling lost about are still weighing on me, almost every other aspect in only 5 months have drastically improved as a result of the effort I’m putting in. There’s nothing we could have done/can do about the coronavirus downtime regarding working, but there is everything we can do to pursue a better life for ourselves from within. I implore you to seek help and be open about your feelings before you dig yourself a hole so deep it feels easier to bury yourself than to climb out. Good luck.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Motionless In White Writing New Music

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Motionless In White’s Chris Motionless confirmed that the band have been writing music for their next album. The frontman also mentioned that they are hoping to release a new song late this year or early next year.

Motionless said the following:

“A lot of the [other] guys are working on stuff by themselves. Like, I know Justin [Morrow, bass] and Ricky [Olson, rhythm guitar] are working on tracks for the band separately. I work separately, but then I also have friends that I like to work with that really do special stuff, unique things towards their own production that I like to work with.

For me, it’s always more fun and enjoyable to work with people that you get along with and connect with rather than just kind of sitting by yourself all the time. So I travel all over the country and just work with friends. I think music is a great way to bring people together, and especially right now where people need that. For my friends that do feel comfortable with not keeping me at a six-feet-apart distance and wanna work, then I’m gonna travel to them.

So we’ve got one song done so far since I’ve been [in Cleveland working with my friend John]. We have a bunch of songs in the bank from previous days, working with other people and each one of us separately. And we’re just gonna keep working until we have a ton of songs to pick from for the new record.”

He went on to say that the band like to write a lot of material before entering the studio:

“We wanna have the time to — as a band or individually — go over the music that we’re working on and bring that to a studio and feel like we’re not just sitting there wasting our time or having days just burn away in the studio of trial and error on just writing songs. I mean, it’s not cheap to travel out of your hometown. It costs a lot to live somewhere else where the studio is, never mind the studio cost itself. So it’s a financial decision as well as just a mental decision — to not just be burning yourself out day by day in the studio, trying to get stuff done within your deadline. We like to just work at our own pace, go into the studio and then kind of continue it from there.”

He also added the following after being asked if the coronavirus pandemic has inspired the new music:

“I realized how internally angry I am at missing the shows and the tours that we’re missing [because of the crisis], because everything I’m working on kind of has this really aggressive edge. I know our fans really enjoy our songs like ‘Another Life’ and the more laid-back or emotional tracks, which there will be those as well, but everything I’m doing myself lately has kind of been heavier. And I’m just, like, ‘Where is all this coming from?’ I know I’m a quietly, or somewhat quietly, angry person, but it’s really coming out in the stuff I’ve been working on. So we’ll see what happens. I know there’s gonna be a mix, like there always is.”

He continued after being asked about release plans:

“I think we’ll be trying to get at least a new song out by the end of the year, but I just hope nobody holds me to that. We’re just gonna keep writing, and what happens happens. It might be early next year. I don’t know.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale & Motionless In White’s Chris Motionless Perform “School’s Out” With Alice Cooper In Holmdel, NJ

Alice Cooper, Halestorm, and Motionless In White officially wrapped up their summer tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 15 and during the show, Cooper was joined onstage by Lzzy Hale and Chris Motionless for a performance of “School’s Out.” You can see footage of that below:

Motionless In White Are “About Halfway Through The Writing Process” For Their Next Album

It looks like Motionless In White are “about halfway through the writing process” for their new album. Chris Motionless confirmed the news in the below interview with AntiHero Magazine:

Motionless said the following:

“We’ve been working pretty much all year, actually. We’re trying to write on the Warped Tour, and it’s impossible. I was, like, ‘Oh, man, I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna spend a certain amount of hours every day working on music, and I haven’t really been able to do much, ’cause it’s just so much every day. By the time your day is over, you’re just wanting to chill and hang out and whatnot.

“We are about halfway through the writing process. After this tour, we’re gonna get right back into it and just go into the studio as soon as possible. We wanna get at it quickly instead of just kind of sitting back, waiting for the cycle to end, as it usually does.”

He also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“I think it’s gonna pretty revolve around what we did on the recent album, ‘Graveyard Shift’. We really, really like where that album ended up, and it’s absolutely no secret that the fans do. So to see that we love what we’re doing and the fans are also supporting it wholeheartedly…

“If you go to our Spotify [page], every single song in our Top 10, except for [the] ‘Reincarnate’ [title track], is all off the new album, and it’s been out for a year and a half. So that’s just a great indicator. That’s ways that we like to get to reinterpret the information and the data on what’s happening and get to see what the fans like as well. And to see that they back the newest thing that we’ve done just makes us want to continue in that direction. We’ll have a few — I don’t wanna say ‘experimental,’ but more risk takers on the album. We’ll definitely push in some different directions that we haven’t before, but I think it’ll be centralized around the sounds that you can find on our most recent album.”

He then added the following about the importance of exploring new musical ground:

“I think, for us, it’s been a long road of doing that — pushing to find who we are, what we wanted to do. And we’ve been through a lot of different phases of the band from the beginning till now. It’s not really even the same band. But, for us, that’s always just been what we needed to do, how we were gonna find ourselves, what the band absolutely needed to find the identity. And I think now that we’ve found it, it’ll be a little less of that; it’ll just be how do we write the best songs that we possibly can and beat our last album. It’s always a challenge for us — how do we top the last one? How do we feel like we did it? And the last album was great, but this one is even better. And as long as you’re doing that as a band, then I think that you’re in a good spot.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Motionless In White Have “Officially Begun Full Time Writing” For Their New Album

In a new post celebrating the one year anniversary of “Graveyard Shift”, Chris Motionless confirmed that Motionless In White have “officially begun full time writing” for their new album. The effort is expected to be released in 2019. This news comes after the band recently parted ways with bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola.

In This Moment Perform New Song “Black Wedding” Live With Chris Motionless (Motionless In White)

During their June 28 show at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, In This Moment were joined onstage by Chris Motionless (Motionless In White) for a performance of their new song “Black Wedding.” This song is from In This Moment’s new album “Ritual,” which will be released on July 21. The studio version of that track features Rob Halford (Judas Priest).

Motionless In White Invite Fans To Create The Cover Art For Their New Album “Graveyard Shift”

Motionless In White will be releasing their new album “Graveyard Shift” in winter 2017, and are allowing fans to participate in creating the cover art. You can see what Chris Motionless has to say about that in the below video:

Motionless In White’s Chris Motionless Joins Breaking Benjamin Onstage In Jacksonville, Florida

During their October 12 show in Jacksonville, FL, Breaking Benjamin were joined onstage by Chris Motionless (Motionless In White). Check out footage of them performing “Polyamorous” below: