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Devin Townsend has shared an audio teaser for his new project, The Puzzle, introducing it with the following message: “So what is The Puzzle? … well, its not technically my new record, it’s more a collaborative, multimedia art project that acts as a stopgap between Empath and the next record, Lightwork…For more, check out: (Source)

In a new interview with Cesar Gueikian, brand president of Gibson Brands, Kirk Hammett spoke about how METALLICA has spent its coronavirus downtime and its plans for the coming months. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Because of the unusual situation of the last couple of years, we were able to continue to communicate and be a band. We were able to get together on a somewhat regular basis, create a bubble that we could work in, get tested regularly every two or three days, and go in and function as a band. And in the last year or so, we’ve been doing that pretty consistently. And it’s difficult and it’s demanding to have to work under those situations, because when you’re in a bubble, you can’t really see anyone else. And when we’re in the band bubble, it’s just the band and 12 people allowed in the building at any given time. So it was a little weird, a little difficult, but we were able to really put all the events and all the feelings and emotions and experiences of the last year and a half into our music. And we’re jamming, we’re coming up with stuff, and we’re really enjoying each other’s company. And at this point in time, it’s looking like it’s gonna be more possible to play live shows, so we’re getting to that. We’re all very, very excited because we’re craving that — we have a real hunger for that. And we’re well aware of the fact that we’re probably not the only ones in the world who really are craving something like that too. I know that I miss seeing bands live, and I miss playing live. And it’s probably the sentiment of a lot of music lovers out there as well.” Last summer, Hammett told Metal Hammer magazine that there was “a lot of material” written for a possible follow-up to 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album, which marked METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new music in eight years. “I know I have tons, because I totally overcompensated,” he said. “You know, last time around, it was a real shock to my system losing all those musical ideas. [Editor’s note: Kirk lost a phone with more than 300 pieces of music on it during the creative process for ‘Hardwired…’] So, I was very determined to try and make up for lost time. I also felt that, creatively, I have so much more to offer this time around.” Bassist Robert Trujillo added that the songwriting process for the next album could be a decidedly more collective effort compared to “Hardwired…”, which was largely composed by guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. “I’m not gonna speak on behalf of the other guys, but to me, it feels like this could be a very collaborative [writing process],” Robert said. “And for me personally, I love that. I love that we are in that head space to be more collaborative, and I think that’s very exciting for where we’re at now, the journey we’re about to take, the fact that those doors are opening like that.” “It’s taking a couple of months, literally, for me to go through all [my ideas],” added Kirk, who is is not credited on any of the songs on “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. “I’ve got a wealth of material, and so, at any given point when we all decide, ‘Okay, let’s start formulating a schedule to start writing songs and recording it.’ I’m ready. I’m there, from day one.” “Kirk has so many ideas,” continued Trujillo. “It’s funny because sometimes it’s literally him in the kitchen and he’s cooking, and at the same time he’s playing you a riff, or you’re sitting on the toilet and he’s playing you some ideas. But when we started to understand that [the lockdown] was gonna happen, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s be creative’, you know? Let’s just get on it. A lot of times, when there’s a band that’s been around as long as METALLICA has, you find that one of the biggest problems is, ‘Man I can’t come up with a riff, I can’t come up with any good lyrics, it’s just harder to write songs’, but that just doesn’t seem to be the problem with us. Not taking anything away from any other bands, but sometimes our worst riff might be another band’s A-list riff.” “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.

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In a new interview with the “I Ask No One” video podcast, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren was asked about the final tour he played with LINDEMANN, his collaborative project with vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was very successful — definitely. It was not really my cup of tea at all, to be honest. And that’s why we’re not playing anymore together. So he can go on with his stuff; I go on with my stuff. To keep it very simple.” Last November, Tägtgren and Lindemann confirmed that they were ending their collaboration on the LINDEMANN project. LINDEMANN‘s second album, “F & M”, was released in November 2019. The follow-up to 2015’s “Skills In Pills” was once again produced and mixed by Tägtgren. “Skills In Pills” reached gold status in Germany and was entirely in English. On the second opus, Lindemann went back to singing exclusively in German. LINDEMANN had received some criticism due to its use of pornography during its second album cycle, with the music video for “Platz Eins” described by one site as “full-on art porn — slick and stylish, weird and experimental, and definitely X-rated.” LINDEMANN released a concert film, “Live In Moscow”, in May on Blu-ray. The set included professionally filmed video footage of LINDEMANN‘s March 15, 2020 performance at Moscow, Russia’s VTB Arena.

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Guitarist says it was "no secret" that his bandmate was dealing with health issues. Continue reading…

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Aly & AJ just made their Lollapalooza debut on Thursday. And now, the sister duo has shared a studio recording of their cover of the National’s “I Need My Girl,” which they’ve played live a few times. “We’ve always looked up to the songwriting behind The National,” Aly says in a statement. “The lyrics to this song are just so gut wrenching and AJ’s added harmonies bring a haunting quality to the track.” Listen below.

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Wallen, who was filmed using a racial slur in February, is met with open arms by Nashville crowd, headliner Bryan and guests Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard For more, check out: (Source)

Heavy Birthdays
Happy 50th
John “5” William Lowery (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) – July 31st, 1971
Happy 36th
Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, THE AGONIST) – July 31st, 1985 (photo above by Joe Kleon) Happy 40th
Matthew Charles Sanders (Matt Shadows; AVENGED SEVENFOLD) – July 31st, 1981
Heavy Releases
Happy 40th
JOURNEY’s Escape…For more, check out: (Source)

Chicago fest announces remaining two days will require masks in indoor settings For more, check out: (Source)

You thought shows being cancelled because of COVID was a thing of the past? Think again! BrooklynVegan reports that Bright Eyes have decided to postpone several indoor shows on their current run of dates with Lucy Dacus, their first tour in 10 years, due to “the complications of managing a large touring party during a pandemic.”

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Hear Phil Demmel's latest Collab-a-Jam. Continue reading…

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