DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara: “You’ll Get One Record From Us In 2020, Another Record In 2021, You’ll Get An ‘Outlaws 2’ In 2023, And Then Possibly Another Record In 2024 Or 2025”

During an interview on the “Everblack” podcast, Dez Fafara offered some release details for DevilDriver’s new albums. The band recently recorded a double album and are planning to release the first part in 2020 and the second part in 2021. On top of that, the group are also planning to release a sequel to their “Outlaws ‘Til The End” country covers album in 2023 and may even release another album in 2024 or 2025.

Fafara said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“You’re gonna get a record next year — early next year — and then the following year… So you’ll get one record from us in 2020, another record in 2021, you’ll get an ‘Outlaws [‘Til The End: Vol.] 2’ in 2023, and then possibly another record in 2024 or 2025 from DEVILDRIVER. And then I’m gonna take a prolonged break that could last four or five years from there. So we’re really putting out great product right now.”

Fafara also talked about the musical direction of DevilDriver’s new material:

“Obviously, we’re not doing press on a new record right now, but what I can tell you is this: if you’re a fan of COAL CHAMBER, if you’re a fan of DEVILDRIVER, you’re gonna get both things put together. I broke all the rules with the new DEVILDRIVER record. It’s twice as heavy, it’s twice as groovy, it’s bigger hooks than I’ve ever written in my entire life. And I do believe that this double staggered release is the record of our lifetime.

I had somebody tell me yesterday that was a big fan of ‘Trust No One’, which was our record before we did the country outlaw record, that the music that they heard — because they were listening to a link at our guitar player’s house — and came back and said, ‘This sounds like almost a new band. So this is a great thing, after years of trying to actually redefine your sound. And I think that people are gonna just… you’re gonna love it, man.

I’m having a very hard time [deciding] what songs go on which record, because every one of ’em is over the top. If you can’t find a B-side, that’s a great, great thing to have happen.

If I could share it with people now — just share it online — I would, because some of the stuff, vocally, that I’m doing with this is incredible. And the music that I’ve got behind me is some of the most incredible music I’ve ever written to — ever. So to be able to say that, with the players that I’ve had in my band in the past, this is a very, very good thing for a band that’s existed since early 2000s.”

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King Diamond Planning Concept Across Two New Albums

During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, King Diamond talked a bit about about his new album. According to the singer, the effort will feature the first part of a storyline that will actually play out across two new albums.

Here’s an exchange from the interview:

Since your last studio album you underwent very serious heart surgery and you also had a son. How have such major life events been influencing lyrical ideas for your next album?

“Oh, the next album gonna be gruesome. Absolutely gruesome. The storyline is, well, it’s in a way where I can’t even put it into just one album. So, it has to be over two albums. And it’s really planned out to work in a very special way with the show as well. So the show is being built right now in Denmark and built around that story so it really can go hand in hand.

Right now I already know how the production will develop for the next tour, after this tour so when we do part two of that story, I know how the whole thing ends already. I know how the production is going to change and how it’s going to be culminating in one very big thing. It’s a long project, several years, in fact the next three years are going to be very very intense for us. There are a lot of things that are in planning.

Also, we signed up with 5B [artist management] and a lot of good stuff is coming out of that, piece by piece. We are getting a player that is going to be amazing for our fans for the next three years. Something that’s going to come that they would not expect, I think. So very very cool prospects.

I think it gives a second chance and that is what the album is also about, it has something to do with that. It has something to do with parallel worlds and punishment, stuff like that. You’ll see us torture our dear little Abigail, it’s part of the story, you’ll see it onstage – but it’s great to be here – it’s been almost two years now, it’s incredible, but it hasn’t changed me very much when it comes to what I stand for and the stories that’s coming, musical style that’s coming. It’s total utter King Diamond.”

The next album is said to be a story set in a 1920s mental institution. What makes that time and place a good setting for a King Diamond album?

“I chose that because it’s a very creepy scenario. Thing is I know that somebody has talked about that but that is not the setting actually. It’s a lot of things involved but the setting looks as if it’s a 1920s asylum. That is exactly what it looks like and some of the things that go on onstage make you also think that certainly was going on back then. When medicine was beginning to take a beneficial turn in history and actually being able to help human beings live longer.

There was some experimentation going on too that was absolutely gruesome. Some of that was involved in the story but it is totally different. Once you get to the second part of the story you will begin to understand that and… what the hell is going on here? What is really about? Because there is a whole different story that will not come to you until second part. But in the first part you are going to get to know a lot people at a certain place. It’s in the story, it’s way too much.

But It does take place, I won’t say where or what it’s called because that is the title of the album and I won’t let that out yet. Some of it takes place here, this world and some of it takes place in a parallel world. There is a correlation between what happened to me and what happens to some people in this place and where they suddenly appear. You will find out why they are there, how they appear there and what places down the road – I won’t say too much right now but it is going to be very creepy.

The stage that we are building for this is going to be something else. Some of the things we are going to have onstage are also going to be very, very nice. We are adding an extra floor to the whole thing to what we had last time. We had stairs leading up to a second floor now there is going to be the third floor. I don’t like heights very much so this is one of those stupid things I like to do to myself sometimes. I test myself and how I am going to feel up there on the third floor — only a broken banister to make me feel safe, you know.”

[via Loudwire]

Sunn O))) To Release New Albums “Life Metal” & “Pyroclasts”, Announce U.S. & European Dates

Sunn O))) have announced that they will be releasing two new albums. They include “Life Metal,” which will be released in April and “Pyroclasts,“ which will be released in the fall.

“Life Metal” was recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, IL and it will feature a number of guests including: Hildur Guðnadóttir, who contributed vocals, cello, and haldorophone to “Novæ,“ Anthony Pateras, who contibuted pipe organ to “Troubled Air,” and Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit), who contributed aluminum neck bass and baritone guitars to the effort.

“Pyroclasts,“ which is said to be a “more meditative” album, was also recorded with Albini, and it will feature guest contributions from Midyett and Guðnadóttir as well.

In other news, Sunn O))) have also announced some U.S. and European dates:

02/28 Frankfurt, GER – Mousonturm
03/01 Graz, AUT – Orpheum
03/02 Prague, CZE – Divadlo Archa
03/03 Hamburg, GER – Kampnagel
03/04 Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso
03/06 Lyon, GRA – L’Epicerie Moderne
03/07 Nancy, FRA – L’Autre Canal
03/08 Dijon, FRA – La Vapeur
03/09 Rouen, FRA – QuasaRits Day
03/11 Tours, FRA – Le Temps Machine
03/12 Nantes, FRA – Stereolux
03/13 La Rochelle, FRA – La Sierene
03/14 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher de Palmer
04/17 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
04/18 Detroit, MI – Masonic
04/19 Chicago, IL – Rockefeller Chapel
04/20 Pelham, TN – The Caverns
04/24 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
04/25 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
04/26 New Haven, CT – College Street
04/28 Washington, DC – The Howard

Demon Hunter To Release New Albums “War” & “Peace” In March

Demon Hunter will be releasing two new albums on March 1 including one titled “War“ and another one titled “Peace.“ You can pre-order them separately or as a deluxe hardcover book set HERE.

“War“ Track Listing:

01. “Cut To Fit”
02. “On My Side”
03. “Close Enough”
04. “Unbound”
05. “Grey Matter”
06. “The Negative”
07. “Ash”
08. “No Place For You Here”
09. “Leave Me Alone”
10. “Lesser Gods”

“Peace“ Track Listing:

01. “More Than Bones”
02. “I Don’t Believe You”
03. “Loneliness”
04. “Peace”
05. “When the Devil Come”
06. “Time Only Takes”
07. “Two Ways”
08. “Recuse Myself”
09. “Bet My Life”
10. “Fear Is Not My Guide”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Planning To Release Three Mini-Concept Records

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has revealed that he is planning to release three mini-concept records. He said the following about that:

“Over the next six months I will be releasing a trio of conceptual mini-records titled Mythical Human Vessel. I’m inviting filmmakers, editors, animators and other visually inclined artists to put these new songs to visuals. This is a self-funded “art for art’s sake” project. If interested, please reach out and include a link to your work! Namaste. Thank you. masvidalien@gmail.com”

[via Metal Injection]

96 Bitter Beings (Ex-CKY) Stream New Song “Throw Yourself Inside”

96 Bitter Beings, the band featuring ex-CKY vocalist/guitarist Deron Miller, are streaming a new album outtake called “Throw Yourself Inside.” The band previously crowdfunded $16,851, and have been working on two new albums, “Synergy Restored” and “Camp Pain.“

Unanimated Sign With Century Media

Unanimated have signed a new three album worldwide deal with Century Media Records, with the first one expected to be released this fall. Bassist Richard Cabeza commented:

“We are very pleased to announce that Unanimated has signed a deal with Century Media Records. The time is right and the time is now! To once again return to spread darkness and unleash the firestorm upon this earth. We are looking forward working with Century Media with the forthcoming new Unanimated album. Recordings will start in early 2018 for a release in autumn 2018. Then we will get on the road to start playing shows. Prepare!”