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DELAIN: 'The Human Contradiction' First-Week Sales Revealed
"The Human Contradiction", the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN, sold around 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "The Human Contradiction" track listing: 01. Here Come The Vultures 02. Your Body Is A Battleground 03. Stardust 04. My Masquerade 05. Tell Me, Mechanist 06. Sing To Me 07. Army Of Dolls 08. Lullaby 09. The Tragedy Of The Commons The CD once again features a guest appearance by Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH and TAROT; George Oosthoek (ex-ORPHANAGE); and ARCH ENEMY/ex-THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. In a recent interview with Sonic Cathedral, DELAIN singer Charlotte Wessels stated about the band's "heavier" direction on "The Human Contradiction": "It is just how it evolved. I have been thinking about this because I know 'We Are The Others'… Well, I regard it actually as a very heavy record, but maybe that is more in the production than in the songs themselves. I have been thinking that maybe it has to do with the fact that, when we were at Warner, they were kind of pushing us to have a commercial mainstream single and stuff. Our solution was: 'Okay, we'll make a single version out of one song. We will make sure we like the single version, but we'll keep the album untouched as it is.' So I did not have a feeling that we were not trying to be heavy on our previous album. But yeah, there are a lot of things in there which are heavy. It also just has to do with the situations that we find ourselves in. The fact that we have toured for a month with Alissa contributes greatly to the fact that we asked her to sing on this record. "People often ask me: 'Would you do something different if you would make that album again?' But I think that an album is also significant for the time and place that you are, as a band, at that moment. "A lot of the choices were given by this time and this place that we found ourselves in when making this record, although we always want to have the fattest riffs and the heaviest sounds. Why it is here more heavily than on previous records? Yeah, it could have something to do with the way we went about having all these things back in our own hands, but I also think that a lot of it is just inspiration coming as it comes. Some things don't even let themselves be steered in a way like that." Charlotte also spoke about the lyrical themes covered on "The Human Contradiction". She said: "The idea behind 'The Human Contradiction' is basically the contradiction which is talked about in this great work that I shamelessly stole this title from. The book is called 'Lilith's Brood' by Octavia E. Butler. The human contradiction there is explained as the combination of qualities in humans: we are both intelligent and hierarchic. Within this book, it is also explained that the most successful life forms, which are intelligent, are not hierarchic. Actually, this hierarchic aspect causes us to rank people over other people (or species over other species) and to pick random qualities in order to justify as ranking one over the other. This kind of very, very random selecting and ranking and dismissing of otherness is a very destructive (and often self-destructive) attitude, and this is how it broadens on the topic which was first introduced on 'We Are The Others' within the song 'We Are The Others', which was very much about 'otherness' within human beings. On this record, there are also songs that are about human attitudes towards non-human others, which (just as with human beings) are often picked by a random quality. For example, in our attitudes towards animals, it is the random quality of species that tells us: 'Well, we can hurt an animal, but not a human.' When actually, in our ability to feel pain, we are completely equal. So, it's about the randomness of the qualities that we pick, and then decide 'this one is higher than the other.' "I have been obsessing about all these topics of otherness for the last couple of years, so it was bound to find its way into lyrics at one point or another, and it does in multiple songs on this new record. So I thought that 'The Human Contradiction' was a beautiful over-arching concept to tie that together."
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THE HAUNTED: New Video Update From The Studio
Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED recently entered Antfarm studio in Åbyhøj, Arhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen to begin recording their new album for a late 2014 release via Century Media Records. A new video message from guitarist Ola Englund regarding the progress of the recording sessions for the new CD can be seen below. THE HAUNTED released a new three-song single, "Eye Of The Storm", on January 20 in Europe and January 21 in North America via Century Media Records. "Eye Of The Storm" was made available as limited-edition seven-inch EP (1,000 copies split as follows: 500 on black vinyl, 300 on red vinyl and 200 on white vinyl) and as digital single, featuring the new songs "Eye Of The Storm", "Infiltrator" and "My Enemy". "Eye Of The Storm" track listing: 01. Eye Of The Storm 02. Infiltrator 03. My Enemy The single marks the recording debut of THE HAUNTED's new lineup, which was announced last summer, featuring founding members Patrik Jensen (guitar) and Jonas Björler (bass), returning members Marco Aro (vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums), as well as new guitarist Ola Englund. THE HAUNTED's 2014 lineup: * Patrik Jensen - Guitar * Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED) - Guitar * Marco Aro (THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) - Vocals * Jonas Björler - Bass * Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST) - Drums THE HAUNTED's founding member and guitarist Patrik Jensen stated about the band's new lineup: "THE HAUNTED went through some difficult times last year. Losing three band members is a pretty huge blow to any band. Jonas and I agreed immediately that we wanted to continue with the band, but we wanted to take our time and not rush into anything. "Some of you might recognize a few faces, some of you might not. Adrian Erlandsson is back on drums and Marco Aro is back on vocals. Adrian you might know from playing on our first album and Marco sang on 'The Haunted Made Me Do It', 'Live Rounds In Tokyo' and 'One Kill Wonder'. On guitar we also have Ola Englund bringing some pretty heavy chops to the band." Vocalist Marco Aro (ex-FACE DOWN, also in THE RESISTANCE) was previously involved with THE HAUNTED for three acclaimed releases between 1999 and 2003 as well as for several worldwide touring campaigns. Drummer Adrian Erlandsson (also in AT THE GATES and PARADISE LOST) belonged to the original lineup of THE HAUNTED together the Björler twins after the demise of their previous legendary group, AT THE GATES. Together with Jensen, they launched THE HAUNTED's self-titled debut in 1998, an album which has been widely considered as the kick-start for a new era in the thrash metal movement and which, despite its initial underground status, climbed to be a massively inspirational record for a whole new generation of musicians and bands in the following decade. Guitarist Ola Englund is a highly talented young player from Sweden, who has recently been active as touring and recording member of U.S. death metal institution SIX FEET UNDER.
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Seether!, Big Wreck, Crosses & More…
New Seether single in May! New Seether album in July! RIP Shane Gibson, who was Korn’s touring guitarist from 2007-2010. Big Wreck will release their new compact disc, ‘Ghosts‘, on July 15th in the United States. Canada gets it on June 10th. Will AC/DC retire? The Amity Affliction will release ‘Let the Ocean Take Me‘ […]
Release Day!!
The following releases are now available: Single Releases Avenged Sevenfold – “This Means War” (Warner Bros.) – Amazon MP3 Emmure – “E” (Victory) – Amazon MP3 Separations – “Lights Out” (Imagen Records) – Amazon MP3 Silent Season – “All Us” – Amazon MP3 Album Releases Black Sabbath – ‘Complete Albums Box 1970-1978‘ (Rhino) – Amazon […]
SEVENDUST!, 3 Doors Down, Pop Evil & More!
Not sure what drug they give when you have wisdom teeth removed, but it’s awesome… The legendary SEVENDUST! are streaming a new acoustic track, “Bonfire“. 3 Doors Down have announced a new round of acoustic tour dates for the summer. The band has also starting writing for a new studio album which is due in […]
Staind & Kyng…
The Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 18th. The Rock nominees are a joke… Staind will be on tour next month. Stream Kyng’s ‘Burn the Serum‘… Antemasque – “People Forget” Set times for Welcome to Rockville have been announced over @ WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com. It all goes down on April 26th and 27th. and now, […]
Kyng, Scar the Martyr & Demon Hunter…
Scar the Martyr vocalist Henry Bonner has quit or been fired from the band. Kinda depends on who is speaking. Either way, he is no longer with the group. Demon Hunter’s “I Will Fail You” music video is streaming. Thirty one seconds of Kyng’s new track “Paper Heart Rose” is online. and now, a video.
Adelitas Way, Linkin Park, Unearth and…
Check out the new Adelitas Way single “Dog on a Leash“! Red’s ‘Release The Panic: Recalibrated‘ is due April 29th. Footage of Aerosmith performing with Slash is streaming. Linkin Park will release ‘The Hunting Party‘ on June 17th. Unearth will be touring next month. Royal Bliss will open for Puddle of Mudd on a few […]
Slash, Avatar, QOTSA & More…
So, I was going through my Facebook timeline and noticed that Rascal Flatts lip-synced during the ACM’s on Sunday. Someone commented, “I think it’s just fine. If you are lip-syncing your own voice, it’s fine!” Made me laugh… Slash with Myles Kennedy and crew will be on tour with Aerosmith this summer. Dates @ slashonline.com. […]
Release Day!
The following releases are now available: Single Releases Adelitas Way – “Dog on a Leash” (Virgin) Framing Hanley – “Criminal” (Imagen Records) – Amazon MP3 Foster the People – “Best Friend” (Columbia) – Amazon MP3 Letters From the Fire – “Eleanor Rigby” (Major Label Entertainment) Three Days Grace – “Pain Killer” (RCA) – Amazon MP3 […]
Wilson Frontman Chad Nicefield Discusses ShipRocked, Latest Album + More
Wilson are a band that everyone talked about during the 2014 ShipRocked Cruise as they crushed both the Melati Stage and the Headbanger’s Lounge. It’s no surprise they will be at sea again since it was recently announced the band will be part of Motorhead’s first ever Motorboat 2014 Cruise this year. Continue reading…
Ex-Breaking Benjamin Guitarist Aaron Fink Resurfaces in New Band Gentleman East
After his acrimonious 2011 exit from Breaking Benjamin and subsequent legal battle with frontman Benjamin Burnley over the band name, guitarist Aaron Fink has resurfaced in the new group Gentleman East. Continue reading…
Megadeth Flying Born-Deaf YouTube Star to Las Vegas for First Rock Concert + Interview
If you're the type to go YouTube surfing, there's a good chance you've seen the video above. Having amassed nearly 21 million views, this video immortalizes the moment when Sarah Churman, who was born deaf, heard sound for the first time at 29 years of age. Countless tears have been shed witnessing Churman's life-changing moment, apparently from members of Megadeth, as well, because the band is flying Sarah and her husband Sloan to Las Vegas to experience her first rock concert on Thursday (April 17). Continue reading…
Vinnie Paul Doesn't Foresee a Pantera Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Let's face it. When it comes to hard rock and metal, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has dragged their feet over the years with inducting some of the big names of the genre, so with that in mind, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul says he's not confident that the groundbreaking metal band will have their named called. Continue reading…
Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI + More Bring Heavy Music to Hipster Coachella Fest
Weekend one at Coachella is in the books. The famed Southern California music oasis drew more than 90,000 fans who endured blistering daytime temps, a surreal Saturday night sandstorm and a wide buffet of sonic treats. Sure, the onetime indie fest now features as much hip-hop and EDM as it does anything else. But it's not like there wasn't any metal or hard rock buried in the sand. You just had to know where to look and thankfully, the headbangers in the house were able to catch ultra-solid sets by the likes of Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age and a host of others. Continue reading…
AC/DC Release Official Statement on Malcolm Young's Health + Future of Band
Although AC/DC singer Brian Johnson just revealed in a new interview that the band would not be breaking up, AC/DC have just released their first official statement addressing the reports that have surfaced over the past few days. The band states that guitarist Malcolm Young will be "taking a break from the band due to ill health," but also makes it clear that AC/DC will continue to make music. Continue reading…
Ace Frehley on What Really Happened at KISS' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction [Exclusive]
On April 10, KISS were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and a lot has been written about the event. But we had the privilege of having founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley drop by our studio the very next day to set the record straight as to what really went down at the ceremony. Check out the interview in the video above. Continue reading…
AC/DC's Brian Johnson Denies Breakup Reports, Confirms Band Member Illness
Over the past few days, conflicting reports have been popping up about the future of AC/DC. Potential health issues with guitarist Malcolm Young were rumored to signal the end of the legendary Australian band, but according to vocalist Brian Johnson, AC/DC will soon get together to jam on some potential ideas. Continue reading…