Caleb Shomo On New Beartooth Album: “This Is The Heaviest Record. This Is My Best Work”

During an interview with Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will be the group’s “heaviest.”

Shomo said the following:

“I worked on a lot of this album on the road — a whole lot of this record. We honestly could not have been luckier with the way our record cycle laid out.

The ‘Disease’ tour in Europe was our last tour of the cycle, and that finished on March 6th, I believe. And then the next week, everything got shut down. So we already planned to kind of take most of this year off. We planned on not taking it all off, like we’re probably gonna have to.

I’d already worked on a ton of the record, just writing out on the road; I brought a studio rig out there. And that was great.

When it first started, the whole lockdown thing, I just kind of emotionally shut down for a month. But then I just kind of caught a second wind, probably two months ago, and I’ve just been ripping through songs. It’s pretty cool.

About a week ago, I sent kind of like my first ‘draft one’ of the record to the higher-ups. But I’m still just gonna keep on writing. We’ve got plenty of time. But the record is going very, very well so far.”

He continued after being asked if the record still has the Beartooth “formula”:

“I think that something about the BEARTOOTH sound is sort of that formula. BEARTOOTH has a song structure — it’s the classic pop structure of intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, out. But with this one, I’ve just been trying to amp up everything. ‘Cause with the last record, I really wanted to go for that super-raw, live-rock-and-roll-in-the-old-school-studio and old-school-console sound, and it was rad, and I loved doing it. And it was proving to myself that I can make a real record without computers — well, [without] heavily relying on computers. But I don’t know… I just kind of realized, like, you know what? That’s what I learned as a producer. I came up in the era of mixing in the box and recording in the box, which means using plug-ins and emulations and things like that. I’ve just been kind of using that to try and push it a little further. The formula is still there, but I don’t think it’s in a bad way. I think it’s the formula people want from a BEARTOOTH record.

This one is just jacked. Everything is amped up to 11. I am so, so pumped. Obviously, this is what you wanna think when you’re making a record, but damn, this is the best one yet. Not even close. This is the heaviest record. This is my best work — the most proud I’ve been of these songs. It’s wild. It’s some heavy-duty shit.”

Shomo also discussed the musical direction of the new material:

“The easiest way I’ve been trying to explain this record to people without giving too much away is if ‘Disease’ was AC/DC, this record is BLACK SABBATH. It’s a lot more influenced in dark stoner rock, heavy power groove. Obviously, there’s still a lot of fast [stuff] and some punk rock and all that, but I’ve really been exploring with the stoner metal side of guitars and guitar tones and doing different tunings and lots of fuzz and chaos and layering the fuck out of my guitar tracks.

The whole point, for me, of this mix and the sonics of this record is as big and loud and fucking sonically devastating as I can possibly get it. So on a breakdown, for example, where on ‘Disease’ it would just be left guitar, right guitar, bass down the middle, this is literally… That little clip I posted is I think eight guitars, three bass tracks. Just experimenting — just doing dumb stoner shit and just trying my fucking best. Yeah, that’s the goal — is just sonic devastation, for sure.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect to hear new music this year:

“I would say yes. I would say for sure. Again, like I said, we got so lucky with the timing of everything. And originally, we were gonna try and put the record out in 2020. I don’t know if that’s just gonna be possible, because we had so many plans with tours and this epic roll-out that we don’t wanna take away from anybody. So we’re definitely gonna wait until we can do it right and not just rush out a record and then nobody sees BEARTOOTH for another year and a half because shit went south. But I would be shocked if there weren’t at least one single to four singles in 2020. If I was guessing, something in that range.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Deftones Tentatively Planning To Release New Album In September

It looks like Deftones are still planning to release their new album this fall. During a recent appearance on Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander’s “Herb’s Happy Hour,” Chino Moreno revealed that the effort is tentatively set to arrive in September.

Moreno said the following:

“We have a record that we finished maybe — I don’t know — about a month ago, we finally got all the final mixes of it. It’s supposed to come out in, I think, September. But we’re really happy with it. We worked with one of our longtime producer buddies, Terry Date, who did our first three albums. We hadn’t done a record with him in a while, and we went back in the studio with him, and it was super awesome.

It’s kind of been weird, because we recorded everything — the music stuff — all last summer in L.A., and then we have been working on overdubs and vocals and mixing and all that stuff since then, so it’s almost been a year. But, obviously the last six months have kind of been doing everything remote [due to the coronavirus pandemic]… Mainly, it was just me. All the music stuff was done, so just mainly vocal stuff, and then mixing and mastering, going back and forth. But we finally finalized everything, I wanna say a few weeks ago, maybe a month ago now. It’s gonna be sweet. I’m excited about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Papa Roach Create Their Own Label For New Album

Papa Roach have decided to create their own label for their upcoming album. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently confirmed the news with Rock Sound.

Shaddix said the following:

“While in quarantine, we negotiated a record deal, so we’re with a new company for this next album. And we’re excited about that. We are the record company for this one. We are in partnership with Warner/ADA, and so it’s like an artist services group.

And we’re gonna do that for an album and see how it works out. We’ve been super focused in the creative marketing behind what we do and the imaging and the videos and the messaging and everything, we were, like, let’s take it in our hands and see where we can go with it and try it for an album.”

He also added the following about their new album progress:

“We’ve been doing a lot of writing — writing and recording. Everybody’s got their own rigs at their place. We went down to L.A. for 10 days on the low and just were getting together and making noise and making music.

We wanna come out of this experience with a bunch of content and creative stuff to flood the people with, because it’s important for to maintain a creative flow and a creative dialogue between the members. We’ve been doing it so long, I feel like if we stop, then that’s it. So we’ve gotta keep it going, man.

There’s no shortage of things to sing about, talk about, write about, scream about, croon about.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Darko (Chelsea Grin, Emmure) Working On New Album

Darko, the band featuring Tom Barber (Chelsea Grin, ex-Lorna Shore) and Josh Miller (Emmure), have entered the studio to work on their debut album. This news comes after the group released their debut EP earlier this year.

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Nasty To Release New Album “Menace” In September

Nasty will be releasing a new album titled “Menace” on September 25. The cover art, which was created by Michael Shantz, can be found below, along with the track listing:

“Menace” Track Listing:

01. “Ultimate”
02. “Bulletrain”
03. “Menace”
04. “Be Careful”
05. “666AM”
06. “Tricky Plays”
07. “Betrayer”
08. “You Will Know My Name”
09. “Inhale/Exhale”
10. “Blood Crop”
11. “Addicted”
12. “Table Of Kings”
13. “The End Of The World”
14. “Ballad Of Bullets”

The group commented:

“As most people we and all our families got hit really hard by the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it. We even had to find creative ways how to handle parts of the songwriting online and obviously also the recordings. Some guitars were tracked online and Matthi ended up doing all vocals including backing vocals himself. Video shootings that were already planned a long time in advance needed to be rescheduled…”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) Finishes Tracking Vocals For His Mrityu Project With Ihsahn (Emperor)

Matt Heafy (Trivium) has finished tracking vocals for his Mrityu project with Ihsahn (Emperor). He recently confirmed the news during a Twitter exchange with e-sports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau:

[via Metal Injection]

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Reunites With Mike Portnoy On New Solo Album “Terminal Velocity”

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Terminal Velocity,” this fall. Notably, the effort finds the guitarist reuniting with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. It also features bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs). Portnoy confirmed his involvement in the below tweet:

“Terminal Velocity” track listing:

01. “Terminal Velocity”
02. “The Oddfather”
03. “Happy Song”
04. “Gemini”
05. “Out Of The Blue”
06. “Glassy-Eyed Zombies”
07. “The Way Things Fall”
08. “Snake In My Boot”
09. “Temple Of Circadia”

The Ocean Premiere New Song “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, Reveal Details For New Album

The Ocean have premiered a new song titled “Jurassic | Cretaceous.” This track features Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse and it will appear on the band’s new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,” which is set to be released on September 25.

“Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” Track Listing:

01. “Triassic”
02. “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (feat. Jonas Renkse)
03. “Palaeocene”
04. “Eocene”
05. “Oligocene”
06. “Miocene | Pliocene”
07. “Pleistocene”
08. “Holocene”

Robin Staps said the following about the new record:

“‘Phanerozoic II‘ is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics. This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II.

The outcome is a record that is a real journey. It starts in one place, and concludes in a totally different place. In a way, it relates to 2013’s ‘Pelagial‘, which was similar in that it was also a journey: but a more guided, focused and predictable one. ‘Phanerozoic II‘ on the other hand is closer to the experience of free fall.”

He also added:

“Though humanity is only a very recent phenomenon in the 541 million years history of the Phanerozoic eon, the lyrics are obviously written from a human perspective. They are following Nietzsche‘s philosophical idea of amor fati in the light of the larger themes of Eternal Recurrence, and the inevitability of an imaginary impending collision on a planetary scale, which are the two red threads that go through Phanerozoic I and II.”

Deafkids & Petbrick To Release New Collaborative Album “Deafbrick”

Deafkids and Petbrick (ex-Sepultura, etc.) have joined forces for a new collaborative album called “Deafbrick.“ The effort will be released on September 4 and a video for the first single “Força Bruta” can be found below:

“Deafbrick” Track Listing:

01. “Primeval I”
02. “Força Bruta”
03. “Sweat-Drenched Wreck”
04. “The Menace Of The Dark Polar Night”
05. “Máquina Obssessivo-Compulsiva”
06. “O Antropoceno”
07. “Mega-Ritual”
08. “Hyperkinetic Mass Disorder”
09. “Free Speech For The Dumb” (Discharge cover)
10. “Primeval II”

Petbrick’s Iggor Cavalera commented:

“We had so much fun doing the collab [at the Roadburn Festival] and there was a real chemistry between the five of us, so it seemed like a natural progression to actually get into a studio together and write a record.”

Deafkids added:

“It’s an honor for us to have taken part in this collaboration with Petbrick. When we had the opportunity, in the middle of a tour, to get together at Wayne‘s studio in London for two-and-a-half days to let the ideas flow, record things, and see what would happen, we couldn’t expect for a better result – a full album very rich on dynamics, sonic explorations, and unreached territories.

We were able to integrate ourselves in a way that doesn’t sound exactly like any of the bands alone, and this is very interesting in the sense of aesthetic and sonic freedom as it creates ramifications of the paths already taken, extending the steps of what has been and what is yet to come. To have the chance to co-create with Iggor and Wayne as musicians and producers – who are extremely kind, creative, open-minded guys with a long path of experience in music roads – was a very special process of sharing, hearing, and learning.

We also had Gordon from Terminal Cheesecake and Luminous Bodies and Matt from Casual Nun featured on two tracks, which was also amazing. We’re always very well received by these guys, bands and all these amazing people since our very first time in the UK, so it’s really nice to be extending this connection with this recording.”

The bands also discussed the project further over at The Quietus.

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo: “We’re Excited About Cultivating New Ideas”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich previously revealed that the band have been working on new material remotely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Vinyl Guide,” Robert Trujillo discussed those sessions further, saying that the group are “excited about cultivating new ideas.”

Trujillo said the following:

“We communicate every week, which is really great, so we have our connection intact. And what we’ve started doing is basically just really concentrating on our home studios and being creative from our homes and navigating through ideas and building on new ideas. And that’s where we’re at right now. We’re excited about cultivating new ideas, to be honest. And everybody’s in a good headspace, for the most part, and that’s pretty much our focus now — let’s have fun with this. That’s part of the reason I got some updated recording gear and I’m putting ideas together and we’re checking kind of each other’s vibes out on new stuff. And that’s pretty much where we’re at. We haven’t talked about touring lately…

I’ll tell you, we just did nearly three years on the ‘Hardwired’ album, and, of course, Australia is one of my favorite places on the planet to go play, and South America as well, so we will get back down there. I’m not too worried about that — I know we will. Obviously, we’ve gotta get through this quarantine and all this stuff that’s happening with that. In the meantime, we’re creating, and I think that is really cool, ’cause sometimes it takes a while to get the band together and get four individuals who are living in different places in the same room. But it’s, like, ‘Hey, guess what? We don’t have to be in the same room right now.’ We can make music from our homes and work together and build stuff — and then we’ll get in that room together and we’ll bang the stuff out, but we’ll be 40 steps ahead.”

He went on to say that the band are “working towards” eventually entering a studio to record a new album:

“There’s no definite plan as to a release date. I mean, we’re just sort of now cultivating the terrain and getting kind of excited about it, to be honest. It’s kind of a cool thing that we’ve been able to start focusing on that, ’cause it’s new for us — we haven’t done it this way. I don’t think many people have done it this way. Everybody’s gotta kind of restructure their routines and their creative flow. And at some point, all this will transition into what it’s gonna transition into, and we’ll have live shows again. And I’m sure there’s gonna be a lot of new music coming, ’cause most musicians are writing new stuff right now, and that’s exciting to me.”

[via Blabbermouth]