Devin Townsend Offers Update On His Current Projects Including New Albums, A Film, & A Graphic Novel

Devin Townsend has taken to Twitter to offer an update on his current projects. Among them are two new albums, a film, and a graphic novel.

Townsend said the following:

“Update on what’s going on creatively: over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on two ‘scores’ that have become a film, 2 albums, and a graphic novel among other things called ‘The Puzzle’

It’s become a massive project with a lot of great people involved. It’s not ‘song oriented’ and is complicated and abstract. The film has become a tremendous undertaking and we will be streaming it online when it debuts, (along with physical product that is pretty next level)

The concept is meant to describe the last year of chaos and the psychological process it required of us all. The music and visuals act as an analogy for it. The number of people involved (30-40) represents a sort of community amidst it.

There’s two albums: ‘Puzzle’ is chaos and meant to represent the internal dialogue in a fundamentally absurd time, ‘Snuggles’ is meant to be a beautiful balm that acts as a conclusion and something you can listen to on loop to feel better. Both have a film.

The concept of it all, (which I’ll explain in Youtube clips pior to the release), is such that I hope it inspires people- if visually inclined- to make their own graphic novels, films, books etc, using the music as a soundtrack.

The Puzzle is written to be my version of a soundtrack to a kind of universal experience we’ve shared I guess…the movie and books we are producing are meant as examples of the concept…as in: ‘everybody’s puzzle is unique, based on the same experiences’

My work has always really just been a product of a compulsion to reflect what’s going on in my life. If things are chaotic, it’s bound to be chaotic. It’s been a very bizarre work flow, but it’s starting to come together now. Delivery date is March 22, release 2-3 months later.

Finally in August, I will be begin recording my next actual ‘album’ (with songs) for release early 2022. (Untitled so far) but before that, The Puzzle is something very different and really fascinating I think.

I’ll be back to podcasts and twitch streams when the workload lightens a touch here. Be well and thanks for everything.”

[via The PRP]

Mastodon Might Record Two New Albums If The COVID-19 Pandemic Persists For A Long Time

Mastodon recently started the recording process for their new album, but after its finished the band may not stop there. The group had a lot of material going into the sessions and they are considering working on another record if the COVID-19 pandemic persists for a long time.

Brann Dailor told Full Metal Jackie the following about the excess material [via Loudwire]:

“It is a good problem to have. It’s also a little bit stressful because I feel we have had too much time off. Like a lot of groups, we have had too much time and we’re constantly working. We had the shut down for a couple of months, but we’re back at it.

I guess it’s a good thing we’re still wanting to come down here and wanting to work on our 20-year-old project that we have been calling Mastodon. It’s exciting to me because every time you go to approach writing new stuff, you say, ‘Well, when is this well going to dry up? When are we going to go looking and can’t find it anymore?’

That is always a fear that a lot of musicians and artists go through.

Sometimes you do have a mild case of writer’s block or maybe you have a severe case of writer’s block. That isn’t the case with us, luckily. We have an abundance of material and a lot of really great things. The hardest part is going to be picking the ones that go on the actual album because there are too many songs at this point. We want to put maybe 10-12 songs on the album and we have like 30.”

He also added:

“That’s a lot. That’s too much [laughs] but I think it is coming into focus now. The ones that we are wanting to play more than the other ones, those are the ones that are going to make it. But even with the ones we are really, really digging there are still too many of those — there are like 20 of those.

There is always room for new ideas too. We were jamming the other day and we had like 30 songs we could be running through and we started writing something brand new. It’s like, “STOP!” …but don’t stop as well.

As much as I think it’s kind of not the best to have one in the chamber, I don’t necessarily think it’s great for us to release a double album. I don’t see the problem recording a full length album and then because of the fact that we are not going to be able to go on tour immediately, record another full length album not far after.

I think that that’s a possibility that we will have an abundance of music and we will have an abundance of stuff that we really dig that we can release to the public while we are still in this muck.”

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Says The Second Volume Of His “Dropped Frames” Series Is Already Finished

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) recently released a mostly instrumental solo album, titled “Dropped Frames, Vol. 1,” and now it looks like more new music is on the way. During a recent interview with Forbes, Shinoda confirmed that volume two has already been completed and that volume three is in the works.

Shinoda said the following:

“These albums, ‘Dropped Frames‘ is gonna be the first of at least three. I’ve got the second one done and the third one is in progress. And I say in progress, basically it’s just tightening up and mixing stuff that I made on the stream. But certainly it’s a thing I wouldn’t have done unless I was in this situation that I’m in right now.

It’s also funny cause it’s clearly not for everybody. Instrumental music is not your way to the Billboard top five (laughs). But anybody who knows my discography knows I’ve done instrumentals often, on every record, every couple of records there [are] instrumental tracks.

A few different instrumental pieces that have gone to film and TV as well. I feel like there is a poetry to the instrumental that it leaves an openness to interpretation in terms of the content that is a lot of fun. And I haven’t ever done that before on a full-length album.”

He also added that he is “trying to get them out a month apart from each other.”

Godsmack’s Sully Erna: “I’m Gonna Try To Get Two Records Done Before The Holidays”

During a recent appearance on “Offstage With DWP”, Sully Erna discussed his upcoming plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman said he is hoping to use his time to finish a new Godsmack album and a new solo record.

Erna said the following:

“There’s a lot going on, but what is gonna be permitted is yet to be told. My main priority is to spend the rest of this year with my band, writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, getting new GODSMACK ready to go for the top of ’21. And I’m really hoping to be able to get even a solo record done this year. So I’m gonna try to get very aggressive with my creativity and get two records done before the holidays. So that’s gonna be challenging. Once I’m in that creative space, though, it usually starts going quick. It’s just getting that wound open again and trying to get that vessel to work, that instrument to work. Because when it’s closed off for a while and you’re just being dad, and you’re being the guy who’s trying to set up a new business, and you’re installing new hardwood floors at your house or something — you’re just that dude, right? And you’re not playing the guitar and getting artsy. So I’ve gotta shut off that to become this again. Once I get into that open space, then I think I should be able to get a couple of records done this year. So as far as content goes, that’s one of my missions to accomplish in 2020 while the world is rehabbing.”

He continued:

“The other thing that we are getting very close on is, I have a feature documentary that’s been shot for many years now about my life story from zero until I got a record deal, which is based on a book that I put out, ‘The Paths We Choose’. They’ve been working on this feature documentary about that, and we’re really hoping that’s gonna be wrapped by the end of July and try to find a home for it, whether it’s Netflix or somewhere it has a platform to play it on. So that’s on the plate.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Periphery’s Misha Mansoor To Release 10 Albums Worth Of Material From His Early Bulb Project

Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor has announced that he will be releasing 10 albums worth of material from his early project Bulb. The records will be released on a bi-weekly basis via 3DOT Recordings.

Mansoor commented:

“Diving back into the Bulb archives is something that I’ve wanted to do for years. As I began working on what will be a new Bulb album I was reminded of this vast library of unreleased music, music that has only been previously available by seeking out bits and pieces on various forums and media channels.

Presenting it in a context that both echoes my original intent with the songs grouped from the time period they were recorded in as well as making it easier for fans to find and enjoy was the driving motivation behind completing this massive undertaking.”

Here’s the release schedule:

June 12: “Archives: Volume 8“
June 26: “Archives: Volume 7“
July 10: “Archives: Volume 6“
July 24: “Archives: Volume 5“
August 07: “Orchestral“
August 21: “Archives: Volume 4“
September 04: “Archives: Volume 3“
September 18: “Archives: Volume 2“
October 02: “Archives: Volume 1“
October 16: “Electronic“

Joe Satriani Says He Is Working On Two New Albums

During a recent interview with Australian Musician, Joe Satriani revealed that he has been working on two new albums during his coronavirus downtime. This includes one instrumental effort and one with vocals.

The guitarist said the following:

“I got it in my head that I wanted to create two separate records in the next few months. One would be another instrumental album, and another would be a vocal-oriented record, but they would be centered around my live band. The unusual nature of that was because the band is so unique, with Kenny Aronoff on drums and Bryan Beller on bass guitar and an Australian phenomenal musician Rai Thistlethwayte on keyboards and guitar, who’s also a fantastic singer.”

Satriani also added that the band “have been texting each other music almost every day.” He continued:

“We’re all on board thinking that remotely we’re gonna build these records over the next number of months. So that’s what we’re doing with this time at home — we’re trying to be as creative as possible.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nine Inch Nails Surprise Release New Albums “Ghosts V” And “Ghosts VI”

Nine Inch Nails have surprise released two new instrumental albums, “Ghosts V: Together” and “Ghosts VI: Locusts.” You can download those for free at nin.com and stream them below:

“Ghosts V: Together” Track Listing:

01. “Letting Go While Holding On”
02. “Together”
03. “Out In The Open”
04. “With Faith”
05. “Apart”
06. “Your Touch”
07. “Hope We Can Again”
08. “Still Right Here”

“Ghosts VI: Locusts” track listing:

01. “The Cursed Clock”
02. “Around Every Corner”
03. “The Worriment Waltz”
04. “Run Like Hell”
05. “When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)”
06. “Another Crashed Car”
07. “Temp Fix”
08. “Trust Fades”
09. “A Really Bad Night”
10. “Your New Normal”
11. “Just Breathe”
12. “Right Behind You”
13. “Turn This Off Please”
14. “So Tired”
15. “Almost Dawn”

The band commented:

“Friends- weird times indeed…

As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair — often changing minute to minute. Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.

Music — whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it — has always been the thing that helped us get through anything — good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ‘Ghosts’ records as a means of staying somewhat sane.

‘Ghosts V: Together’ is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’… well, you’ll figure it out.

It made us feel better to make these and it feels good to share them. Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world… and hopefully it does for you, too. Remember, everyone is in this thing together and this too shall pass.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Be smart and safe and take care of each other.

With love, Trent & Atticus”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Announce “The Hella Mega Tour”, Release New Songs

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have announced a 2020 world tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

06/13 – Paris, France @ La Defense Arena
06/14 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Stadspark
06/17 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
06/21 – Vienna, Austria @ Ernst Happel Stadium
06/24 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Bellahouston Park
06/26 – London, England @ London Stadium
06/27 – Huddersfield, England @ The John Smith’s Stadium
06/29 – Dublin, Ireland @ RDS Arena
07/17 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
07/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
07/24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
07/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
07/28 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
07/31 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
08/01 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
08/05 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
08/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
08/08 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/13 – Chicago IL @ Wrigley Field
08/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
08/16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/19 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
08/21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
08/22 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
08/24 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
08/27 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

The three bands will celebrate the tour announcement with a special show at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA tonight (September 10).

In other news, all of the groups have also released new songs with Green Day having shared the title track of their new album “Father Of All Motherfuckers” (out February 7, 2020), Fall Out Boy having shared “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” featuring Wyclef Jean off their best of collection “Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two” (out November 15, 2019), and Weezer having shared “The End Of The Game” off their new album “Van Weezer” (out May 2020).

Jesse Leach Offers Updates On The Weapon & Times Of Grace

With Killswitch Engage‘s new album “Atonement” set to be released on August 16, Jesse Leach is shifting focus to his other projects. The frontman recently confirmed that he is getting ready to record vocals for new albums from The Weapon and Times Of Grace.

Leach said the following about The Weapon:

“Last show of the @killswitchengage tour tonight then home to knock out an album with these maniacs @theweaponnyc! It’s been a long time coming but our punk rock anarchist hardcore jams will finally get some vocals on them! Great guys and killer players!!! 🏴☠️🏴
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#TheWeaponNYC #PunkRock #Hardcore #RebelMusic #AnarcoPunk #PMA #HardcorePride”

He also added the following about Times Of Grace:

“Also on the to do list! Continuing to track vocals for the long anticipated follow up to this emotive beast of an album. @times_of_grace_music has been slowly making progress and will continue to track vocals in hope to finish our album before the end of 2019! Adam is quite anxious to wrap it up and I feel in my soul it must be done soon! It will be quite different than the last album and we are all very excited with the direction it has taken! .
Thank you for your patience it will be worth it! 🙏🏼 #TimesOfGrace”

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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