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SLIPKNOT Scores Third No. 1 Album On BILLBOARD Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'

SLIPKNOT Scores Third No. 1 Album On BILLBOARD Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'

According to Billboard, SLIPKNOT‘s “We Are Not Your Kind” sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first of release to land at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 102,000 were in album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

“We Are Not Your Kind”‘s sales were boosted by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with SLIPKNOT‘s tour, which kicked off late last month.

The LP is SLIPKNOT‘s fifth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200. The Iowa-bases masked metallers previously landed in the top 10 with 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter” (No. 1), 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” (No. 1), 2004’s “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” (No. 2) and 2001’s “Iowa” (No. 3).

“We Are Not Your Kind” was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed “.5: The Gray Chapter”.

Earlier this year, singer Corey Taylor told the Des Moines Register that some of “We Are Not Your Kind” was written while he was forced to “figure out who I was” following his recent divorce, without relapsing into substance abuse.

“All I was doing was giving and I found myself absolutely, completely tapped,” he said. “You could see it in my skin. You could see it in my eyes. That’s basically the journey I’m going to take people on this album … show them what happens to depression when you have no chemicals to fall back on.”

In a separate interview with BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter”, Taylor said that SLIPKNOT‘s new album is “probably the furthest we’ve pushed the boundaries of creativity and experimentation, while also not losing our identity.

“There are bands out there who, they go for all of that experimentation and they forget who they are — they forget that there’s an audience that wants to hear a certain type… It doesn’t have to be the exact thing, but there has to be a certain emotion that they are looking for, that they wanna hear… There has to be that touchstone. You can go as far out as you want, but you have to be able to pull them back to that feeling that made them fans in the first place. And I really think we did that with this album. We not only went places that we’ve hinted at, musically, over the years, but never really went full-bore, but we’re also doing heavier things than we’ve ever done.”
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SLIPKNOT Scores Third No. 1 Album On BILLBOARD Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'
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METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO And KIRK HAMMETT: New 'Doodle' Videos Available

METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO And KIRK HAMMETT: New 'Doodle' Videos Available

METALLICA has uploaded several videos spotlighting the so-called “doodles” from the band’s recent shows in Tartu, Estonia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Hämeenlinna, Finland; Trondheim, Norway; and Moscow, Russia. Check them out below.

“Doodle” is the fun and unusual feature METALLICA added to its shows on the band’s last few tours: at each stop, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo have been covering songs from some of their musical heroes — often choosing songs that are far removed from the band’s traditional metal sound. The “doodles” have been showing up right before Trujillo‘s solo on “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth”. The songs are pared-down interpretations — just bass and guitar and sometimes Trujillo singing in front of music stands.

According to Billboard‘s Boxscore data, the summer 2019 leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” tour grossed more than $70 million from 13 shows. The highest-earning date ($8,194,075) took place on June 8 in Meath, Ireland, where a near-capacity crowd of 71,122 saw the band perform at the iconic venue Slane Castle. The second-biggest concert ($6,745,329) happened on July 6 in Berlin, Germany, where 68,452 fans were packed into the sold-out Olympiastadion.

Music industry trade magazine Pollstar recently named METALLICA one of the top-earning hard rock and metal tours of the “2019 Midyear” reporting period, which covered the six-month range from November 22, 2018 to May 22, 2019.

The group’s 21 North American “WorldWired” arena shows during the reporting period grossed a total of $41.7 million, good for an average per-show gross of $1.99 million. With an average attendance of more than 16,000, the band moved nearly 350,000 tickets altogether.

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NIGHT RANGER's JACK BLADES On Touring With SAMMY HAGAR's THE CIRCLE: 'After That, We Had To Practically Go Into Rehab'

NIGHT RANGER's JACK BLADES On Touring With SAMMY HAGAR's THE CIRCLE: 'After That, We Had To Practically Go Into Rehab'

NIGHT RANGER bassist/vocalist Jack Blades recently spoke with the “Music Mania” podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the band’s work ethic:

Jack: “Bands like FOREIGNER and us and STYX, all of us, when we get out there, we give 110 percent. None of these bands have slowed down one bit, which is pretty amazing after so many years of being in the business and everything like that. You know what it is? It’s the love of music. It’s the love of playing in front of an audience. It’s the love of rock ‘n’ roll, and I think that keeps us all going. Look at THE ROLLING STONES — I’m trying to figure out which show I can go to.”

On the group’s upcoming tour of Japan, where the group will perform their classic albums “Dawn Patrol” and “Midnight Madness” in their entireties:

Jack: “I think personally, between DAMN YANKEES and NIGHT RANGER, I’ve been to Japan about… I’ve been on tour there probably 16 or 17 times. We’ve played tons of shows. NIGHT RANGER started out in 1983 going to Japan, and we’ve done really, really well ever since. All these shows, we’re doing our first two albums, ‘Dawn Patrol’ and ‘Midnight Madness’, in their entirety, start to finish, exactly like they’re on the record. These shows in Tokyo and Osaka all sold out, [so] we had to add another show. It’s really fun. I’m looking forward to it. We’re really excited about it.”

On the band’s current outlook:

Jack: “We just enjoy playing right now, and we’re so thankful that so many people are coming out to the NIGHT RANGER shows. It’s almost like so many of our songs have ended up being in, like, the collective consciousness of the nation, whether it be ‘(You Can Still) Rock In America’, ‘Sister Christian’, ‘Don’t Tell Me You Love Me’, ‘When You Close Your Eyes’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘Sentimental Street’… all those songs, it’s so gratifying to know that when you’re sitting in your bedroom writing a tune, that 30-something years later, people can still relate to it and still enjoy hearing it. I think that’s a real wonderful thing. We feel very blessed.”

On the musical relationship between him, guitarist Brad Gillis and drummer Kelly Keagy:

Jack: “It’s family. You’ve been around — you’ve grown up together. You’ve experienced life together. You’ve experienced sadness. You’ve experienced the highs of wonderful things; you’ve experienced the lows together. That’s something that sometimes, you just can’t put it in words. I can’t imagine sitting, playing on stage, without looking to my left and seeing Brad Gillis, and beyond him a little bit farther, Kelly Keagy. It’s just so reassuring to me, and so fun.”

On NIGHT RANGER‘s upcoming performance at Sammy Hagar‘s High Tide Beach Party festival:

Jack: “We did, like, a month’s worth of shows with Sam in May and June. We’ve known Sammy forever. Our first tour was with Sammy Hagar, when we released our first album in 1983. He was doing his ‘Three Lock Box’ tour, and he put us on… We’ve known Sammy for so long that it’s just a blast. We have so much with them. Those boys are drinkers, man. Them boys know how to drink. After that May/June tour, we had to practically go into rehab. Mike Anthony and Sammy, those boys know to pack them away… The fun never stops when you’re around Sam.”

On the group’s future plans:

Jack: “There’s always going to be music floating around in the heads of the guys in NIGHT RANGER, and there will always be new music that we’ll play and always create. We have a philosophy — once you stop creating, that’s when you start dying inside. We’re just going to keep rocking and creating new music and keep doing it and doing it and doing it. That’s how you keep alive. It’s like a shark — when sharks stop swimming, they die. With NIGHT RANGER, [if] we stop creating, that’s when the whole thing will just come to a screeching halt. In the meantime, we’re just going to keep writing songs, getting ideas together, putting ideas together, putting songs together, and when we feel like we’ve got the right move, we’ve got the right motive, we’ve got the right feeling and everything like that, then we’ll maybe go in and cut another record. But until then, we’re just going to keep touring and rocking and doing what we’re doing… When you’re sitting there and you hit the first notes of the piano of ‘Sister Christian’ and 10,000 people just come completely unglued, and you have 10,000 people singing ‘Motorin’…’, you’ve got to be a jaded asshole not to feel that. Every time that happens with us, it’s like we’re playing the song for the very first time. It’s the fans — it’s the audience — that keep us all going, and that’s what keeps us wanting to play more, to do more, to give more… That’s why we continue to do what we do, and we’re going to keep giving them everything we’ve got.”

NIGHT RANGER‘s most recent album, “Don’t Look Back”, was released in 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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NIGHT RANGER's JACK BLADES On Touring With SAMMY HAGAR's THE CIRCLE: 'After That, We Had To Practically Go Into Rehab'
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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Says Politicians Who Blame Music And Video Games For Mass Shootings Are 'Idiots'

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Says Politicians Who Blame Music And Video Games For Mass Shootings Are 'Idiots'

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has once again pushed back against comments from politicians linking the most recent spate of mass shootings to popular culture.

Earlier in the month, President Donald Trump called for curbing “gruesome and grisly video games” that contribute to a “culture of violence” as a response to the horrific shooting sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. This echoed historical patterns of moral panic, such as 1950s concerns about comic books and Tipper Gore‘s efforts to blame pop and rock music in the 1980s for violence, sex and satanism.

Asked in a brand new interview with Rock Feed what he thinks of people who claim heavy metal music and video games are partly to blame for mass shootings, Taylor said (see video below): “I think they’re idiots. I think those people subscribe to the ‘three Ds of politics,’ which is ‘deny, detract and deflect.’ And it’s exactly what it is. As soon as guns came into play again, the first thing that the GOP and the gun lobby did was find anything but the gun itself to deflect… It was the video games; it was the heavy metal music; it was the mental illness — it was all of these things. Now, never mind the fact that one of the first things that Trump did when he got into office was take away those prohibitions against people with mental illness, with a history of mental illness, being able to buy a firearm. But now suddenly that’s biting you in the ass. Well, now it’s the video games. There are video games all over the world; people don’t have that problem. Well, it’s the heavy metal music. Well, there’s heavy metal music all over the world as well, in a lot of countries, and a lot of them darker than ours is. They don’t have that problem.

“Look, I catch a lot of hell for the politics that I practice,” he continued. “I may bend one way or the other, but I don’t subscribe to one party over the next. My problem is the fact that innocent people are dying. And until people can really realize that, yes, you can be a responsible gun owner and see that there is a gun problem, until people can admit that, until people on the left can admit that not everyone who owns a gun is a fucking killer, none of us are gonna talk, and that’s the problem. The problem is that there are too many guns. If you oversaturate an industry or a culture with something, nine times out of 10, it tends to go away. But that’s not the case with guns, because of the way we have deified it or fetishized it. We now have this thing where if you try to get rid of some of the guns, it’s instantly a threat. And to me, that smacks of addiction. Think about that. Do you really believe in gun rights or are you just addicted to the way that you feel when you have them?”

According to Taylor, part of the problem is the fact Washington’s politics have become broken. “It’s so fractured,” he said. “You either root for your side and downplay the other side. But then it’s always a competition. And that’s not the way real politics is supposed to be. Somebody [said] real democracy is the politics of the half loaf. It’s supposed to be a conversation, not a collision. And that’s the problem is we are doing this [bumps fists against each other], and until we can do that [holds hands together with fingers interlaced], that’s not gonna happen. And until people stop just shutting people out when they hear trigger words — on both sides — and start going, ‘Okay. Well, how would you do it?’ That’s the exact way that a conversation has to start. It doesn’t start by blaming heavy metal, by blaming a blameless band like THE ACACIA STRAIN,” referring to the fact that a journalist attempted to place blame on the metalcore act whose hooded sweatshirt the the Dayton shooter wore. “Those poor guys. I mean, come on! Some of the nicest people on the planet. You certainly can’t blame video games. Half of the countries in the world would all be dead. I mean, it’s one of the biggest industries on the planet. And these chickenshit gutless [politicians] wanna blame that? Give me a fucking break!”

Back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 31 dead and about 50 injured in Texas and Ohio on August 3 and August 4.

In El Paso, a gunman opened fire as customers crowded into a Walmart during the busy back-to-school shopping season, leaving 22 people dead and another 26 wounded. Just hours after the El Paso attack, a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, left at least nine people dead and 26 wounded.

The man accused of carrying out the El Paso shooting explained to authorities that he had been targeting Mexicans.

The Dayton shooter apparently had no clear racial or political animus, according to CNN. But he did have access to an AR-15-style rifle and 100-round drum magazines.

SLIPKNOT‘s sixth album, “We Are Not Your Kind”, was released on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Says Politicians Who Blame Music And Video Games For Mass Shootings Are 'Idiots'
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35 Years Ago: Why the Fixx's Chart Slide Shouldn't Have Begun With 'Phantoms'

35 Years Ago: Why the Fixx's Chart Slide Shouldn't Have Begun With 'Phantoms'

Ironically, the lineup was becoming set just as they entered these choppy commercial waters.

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35 Years Ago: Why the Fixx's Chart Slide Shouldn't Have Begun With 'Phantoms'
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