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]

Buckcherry Writing New Music

It looks like Buckcherry have been writing material for their new album. Josh Todd said the following about that during an interview with Myglobalmind:

“Right now, we are writing new songs for a Buckcherry record because of the whole COVID thing. It shifted us into a completely different gear. We had a lot of different plans for this year, and it certainly wasn’t this. [Laughs] So now we are in songwriting mode and super fired up. We have a lot of great songs coming down the pipeline, so it should be out the spring of next year.”

Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun) & Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Working On New Project

“Orange Is The New Black” actress and Alekhine’s Gun frontwoman Jessica Pimentel has revealed that she is working on new music with her fiancé, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake. The couple are planning to release the material anonymously through Bandcamp.

Pimentel said the following on the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast after being asked if her and Haake would ever work on music together:

“That’s a very funny thing. [Laughs] We have been wanting to jam for a long time. It’s, like, you know the ‘meeting your heroes’ situation? We are both, like, ‘God, I love the way you play. It sounds really great.’ ‘Oh, I love the way… You wanna jam?’ ‘Yeah. Yeah.’ ‘Eh, tomorrow.’ [Laughs]”

She continued:

“It’s kind of just been the two of us for the last two months here, so we both really need to play, and so we’re gonna do some of that. We also have the honor and luxury of having some nice, new Korg keyboards here, so maybe what we jam out might not be metal at all. He’s actually picking up the wires for that right now — all the cables that we need — and we’ll see what comes out. We already have our anonymous band name to release stuff on Bandcamp. We’re not gonna tell you what it is, you’re not gonna know what it is, but it will be out there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Max Cavalera Working On New Soulfly Music

Max Cavalera has been working on new music for Soulfly during his coronavirus downtime. The frontman confirmed the news on Kazakhstan’s “Armatura” podcast.

Cavalera said the following:

“I’ve just been writing music. I’m writing some riffs for the next SOULFLY [album] or next thing I do… I’m very inspired right now for riffs and music. I listen to a lot of heavy stuff. So I’ve been composing new SOULFLY music, hopefully for next year. So I think next year we’ll have a new SOULFLY record.”

He also added the following when asked how the writing process has changed from when he was younger:

“The thing about music that some people don’t understand about me is that it doesn’t matter what’s happening in my life, I always write — I’m always creating. To me, it’s like breathing. So it’s necessary to create. So it doesn’t matter if the situation is more comfortable. Of course, when we were young, we were very hungry, and it was very different, because we were against the world. But I think that feeling stays with you forever. If I don’t feel like that, if I feel that I don’t have that feeling anymore, I will stop, because it will be fake, and I don’t wanna put out fake shit. But that has not happened, it is not happening, so now I’m even more inspired.

I think sometimes watching people taking to the streets and stuff like that… There is a lot to say right now. I always thought music was a good conductor of ideas… I feed on what’s around me. And music is in my blood, man. I’m still musically hungry right now. I have this urge. I know I have many records, I have a lot of really cool albums that people like, but, to me, I am still searching for the perfect record. Especially because this kind of music, I don’t have pressure from the label to write soft stuff. So I write what I like. And I don’t feel the need to change my stuff.

It’s always good to write music. I always like writing music. I wrote even when I didn’t have to. A lot of times I was writing songs and I didn’t have to write — I didn’t have to make a record. To me, it’s very natural. I’ve been doing it for — shit — 30 years, something like that, this kind of system, with a drum machine and then riffs. And then I collect all that, take it to the studio and make songs. I love the whole process.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Disturbed Working On New Music

It looks like Disturbed have been working on new music during their coronavirus downtime. David Draiman confirmed the news during a recent interview with Download Festival TV.

Draiman said the following:

“…I’m just messing around a little bit with music here and there — nothing crazy. [I’ve been] having conversations with the other guys in Disturbed about getting some new material going, and we’ve got some stuff in its infancy. One song, definitely, that’s killer in our back pocket; we just haven’t tracked it. And we’ve got a few more song ideas, [but] nothing that’s been hashed out enough.”

The frontman also added that there are some downsides to working remotely:

“We kind of need to get back into the rhythm of being able to do stuff like this in Zoom format or online as opposed to in person. At least it’s some kind of real-time connection so that you can be creating together improvisationally to an extent, but there’s still issues with audio — it’s not as clear as you want it sometimes, there’s too much compression and you lose level; it’s a challenge — and the vibe isn’t there. There’s nothing that replaces you being in front of your co-songwriter and being able to feed off each other’s energy and create in person.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Exchanging New Music Ideas Through E-Mail & Zoom

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich previously said that the band might work on a new album during their coronavirus downtime and now it looks like things are officially getting started. The drummer recently told Fredrik Skavlan that the group have been exchanging new music ideas remotely as of late.

Ulrich said the following:

“We’re just starting, in the last four weeks maybe, we connected again. We’ve been obviously connecting [even before that], but we [have now] connected creatively, and now we’re sort of in discovery mode, I think is a good way to say it. We are sending ideas to each other via e-mail and via Zoom and [trying to] make music in these unusual situations.”

“We have a weekly Zoom connect. We’ve been doing that basically since [the coronavirus pandemic] started 10 [or] 11 weeks [ago] — since it started in America. So we get together once a week on Zoom for a couple of hours and catch up. The good thing about that catching up is we really just talk about how we’re doing and we don’t sit and talk about Metallica for hours and hours.

But now that we’ve started exchanging some ideas, it’s great. It’s nice to be in touch, it’s nice to be part again of that group, and I look forward to the creative opportunities that lie ahead of us.”

He also added the following when asked what it has been like working remotely:

“So far, at least the sonic side of it and the practical elements are in surprisingly good shape, actually. So now we’ve just gotta figure out how much we can create without being in the same space.

The difference, obviously, between bands like ourselves and people that are still bands, like the U2s of the world or the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Coldplay or Iron Maiden or whatever is that you really are bands, and you rely on the group format to really move everything forward. So unlike if you’re a solo artist and it’s just you and your guitar or whatever. So it’s a different thing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Robb Flynn On New Machine Head Material: “The Lyrics Are Pissed Off As Fuck”

During a recent appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn discussed the band’s new material. According to him, the lyrics in the new music “are pissed off as fuck.”

Flynn said the following while discussing how the ongoing anti-racist protests and the coronavirus pandemic have impacted his creativity:

“I walk around in a fury all day. I walk around in a fucking rage all day, and the lyrics that I write, and the music that I’ve been writing, all of it is very reflective of that. And even if the music isn’t super thrash or whatever you wanna call it, the lyrics are pissed off as fuck.

“As you get older in a band, the best option is to just shut your mouth and make middle-of-the-road statements that don’t really offend anybody and not really take a stand on anything as opposed to when you’re young and full of piss and vinegar and you don’t give a fuck. I think it becomes the logical choice, because why rock the boat? It’s like what happens to you when you become old — people tend to become more conservative; they don’t wanna do things that might offend people.

“I’m definitely nowhere near the middle of the road right now. I am just in a whole other place. And I’m sure I’ll lose fans because of it, at least for a little while. I think they’ll come back, and if they don’t, then thanks for listening for the time you did. But this is what I’ve gotta say, and this is where we have to go, and this is the place that MACHINE HEAD is at.”

He continued when asked if touring guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (Decapitated) has contributed to the new material:

“I’ve co-written some stuff with Logan [Mader], and I’d love to write with Vogg too. We’re just kind of hammering out whatever we need to do. But Vogg did play a solo on one of the new songs that we’re gonna be dropping pretty soon here. And, yeah, it’s angry, and I’m stoked about the direction that it’s going. It’s heavy. It’s modern MACHINE HEAD. I would say it’s familiar to the last 10 years. It’s not ‘Burn My Eyes’; it’s still some other thing.”

He went on to say that Machine Head are not planning to release a new full-length album anytime soon:

“I’m all about dropping singles right now. I think an album will definitely show up, and some of these songs may end up on that album, but, to me, it’s all about just a constant stream of music dropping all the time.

“We’re pretty slow with albums — it’s already been two and a half years since our last album [2018’s ‘Catharsis’] — so I just don’t wanna wait another year to get music out. The music’s here, the music’s done; a lot of the lyrics that I’ve written are very much now, and they need to be heard now, in this moment.

“I do a podcast, and I can record a podcast and have it up an hour later. That’s fucking crazy to me. I can finish a song and have it up six hours later on all the fucking digital service providers. That’s fucking amazing. Never in history have we been able to do something like that. And we need to do more of that, especially with songs that are written about this moment and these times. It’s important to put ’em out now, not a year and a half from now.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect new music in the near future:

“Very soon. Sooner than you think.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devin Townsend Shares Another Hour Worth Of New Ambient Guitar Music

Devin Townsend has shared another hour worth of new ambient guitar music. You can check that out below:

Townsend commented:

“Heres another installment of this guitar improvisation series. I enjoy this process and I find it calming in the face of the relentless negativity and oddness of recent times. This stuff is meant to simply be background sounds while you do other things.

This particular improv had the idea of the universe as its inspiration. I get so caught up in my own drama and the awareness of the constant bustle of humanity, that I find it calming to sort of remember and focus on how small we all are in the grand scheme of things.

Although this one is more chaotic than Id typically go for, its in line with where my heads been over the past few weeks, so its honest at least. Regardless, I hope this gives you a chill moment, and like always: I wish you strength to keep fighting through all this recent chaos.

its easy to let the ugliness take over and then follow that down the rabbit hole, but taking a step back for some perspective on it all has been helpful. Lots of love – Dev.“

Adema Working On New Music

It looks like Adema have been working on new music. The band recently confirmed the news on social media and also shared some footage from their first get together since the coronavirus lockdown.