Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake 'DIRKSCHNEIDER' Band

Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn't Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake 'DIRKSCHNEIDER' Band

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son Sven, who plays drums in Udo‘s namesake band DIRKSCHNEIDER and his long-running solo outfit U.D.O. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On how Udo was as a parent:

Sven: “He was on the road a lot, but, of course, [he was] great. We always enjoyed the time when he was at home, which was sometimes not that much. But that’s how it goes if you’re a musician. You try to spend as much time and intensive time when you have two or three months off, then you try to spend it as well as possible.”

On whether rock music was a regular presence in the Dirkschneider household:

Sven: “Absolutely not. It’s a normal family life, what we did, or are still doing. When I’m at home, I have my wife and my dog and so there’s nothing about rock and roll. As soon as I’m on the road, then we do rock and roll and live rock and roll, but as soon as I’m home, sometimes you really want to keep it away from you as well. I’m not going to concerts or anything. That was the same with my childhood. I had a normal family life. My sister, my mom, my dad, we tried to keep it as normal as possible.”

On how Sven was a son:

Udo: “He was, let’s say, in a way, quite easy. Yeah, I have nothing really to remember if there was something bad. No, he was quite easy growing up.”

On whether Sven always wanted to drum while growing up, or follow in his father’s footsteps and become a singer:

Sven: “Actually, I started when I was five, so pretty early. It was clear I was going to be a drummer at some point. There’s no way you can compete [with someone like my father] and I don’t want to, especially for me, it was clear from the beginning that I wanted to play the drums. I was more into rhythm stuff. I actually dreamed about it, but I never thought that I was going to play together with my dad, especially these songs that we are doing now. When we first played [ACCEPT classic] ‘Metal Heart’ with U.D.O., it was something very special for me. It was my all-time favorite song from my childhood.”

On Sven‘s favorite drummer as a youngster:

Sven: “Actually, when I was a child, I didn’t really think about anybody. But, the first drummer I really met and sat behind his kit was Mikkey Dee [MOTÖRHEAD]. Yeah, also now, he’s a big influence on me. I think he’s one of the greatest in the business. He was the first drummer I met as a little child. He let me sit behind him during the show and he showed me some stuff, so that was pretty cool. In 2015, I met him again when I played with SAXON two support shows for MOTÖRHEAD. It was pretty amazing because he stepped in for one song, he did ‘747’ with SAXON, so I did the ‘high-five’ and he went up behind Nigel‘s [Glockler] kit. That was a great moment.”

On whether the two of them discuss each other’s mistakes after shows:

Udo: “Of course, we are always talking about when something was happening during the show. We always try to make it better. I think that’s important. Not to say, ‘Everything is okay. Everything works, and that’s it.’ No, we are talking about it when we have little mistakes and we want to change it a little bit. I think that’s very important, to try to make it better.”

On whether Sven will continue to drum in U.D.O.:

Sven: “I hope so. Of course. Definitely, of course.”

Udo: “Of course. He already did all the drum tracks on the new album. In between, we are working on a new U.D.O. album already. It will be out sometime between August or September of next year. It will be the same lineup. For me, it was very easy to say, ‘Okay, I want to have this musician and this musician and this musician for DIRKSCHNEIDER.’ For me, it was easy to keep the U.D.O. band. He [Sven] was playing some ACCEPT songs. That was the easiest way.”

On why DIRKSCHNEIDER will no longer continue once this current run of touring concludes:

Udo: “Some people came up with this idea, you know, ‘Why aren’t you going to continue under DIRKSCHNEIDER?’ No, we are working on the 16th U.D.O. album. We have a big following also with U.D.O. It may make the people confused. DIRKSCHNEIDER continued for nearly two years for ACCEPT songs, blah, blah, blah. I can’t imagine coming up with an album called DIRKSCHNEIDER. People would get confused. We discussed this already and then we said ‘We’ll definitely continue under U.D.O.‘”

Udo and Sven Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band’s North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.

DIRKSCHNEIDER released “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.

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WITCHERY Guitarist PATRIK JENSEN Says Newer Album Production Jobs Give Him 'Metal Fatigue'

WITCHERY Guitarist PATRIK JENSEN Says Newer Album Production Jobs Give Him 'Metal Fatigue'

Metal Wani‘s Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with guitarist Patrik Jensen of Swedish thrashers WITCHERY. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On why WITCHERY established the goal of releasing their new “I Am Legion” studio album a year after their previous “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service”:

Patrik: “Historically, the band is over 20 years old. When we started out in ’96, we were young and I guess naïve or so, but we said that we were going to put out two albums every year because that’s what our old favorite bands did, like KISS and MOTÖRHEAD in the ’70s. We said we’re going to carry on that tradition. Then, around 2000, [Jensen‘s other band] THE HAUNTED took off and ARCH ENEMY [featuring WITCHERY bassist Sharlee D’Angelo] took off and our drummer [Martin Axenrot] joined OPETH and they’re huge. There was just no time for us to get together and write and do albums anymore. Everything started to this four years, [2006], the next album [‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’], then it was 2010, ‘Witchkrieg’, then 2016, that was the twentieth anniversary [of the band]. I was thinking, ‘Okay, we need to put out an album for that. I don’t know if anyone is going to remember us.’ So, we recorded an album for that. At least to us, people loved it. We were overwhelmed, but we were still not getting any offers to play festivals or tour or anything. I realized that people, they think there’s going to be another six years until the next album comes and this is just a project band. That’s why we want to make a point out of releasing it within one year. As soon as we announced we had another coming out, the offers started coming in. So that’s the reason why we released them so close in time to each other.”

On whether the “raw” production job found on “I Am Legion” was intentional:

Patrik: “It’s very much a conscious decision because I’ve grown somewhat ‘metal fatigue.’ The newer productions that bands come out [with]. Everything sounds the same. Everyone is running the same plug-ins. All of this, ‘I’m using this sample drum library. It sounds fantastic. [Famed METALLICA producer] Bob Rock did it, blah, blah.’ Yeah, it sounds fantastic, but then everyone uses it. It gets boring, predictable. Also, if you play to a click, that means everyone, usually there’s some driving force in a band like maybe, Malcolm Young would be the driving force in AC/DC and everyone plays around him or a drummer, so you get this unique band signature timing, but if everyone plays along to a click, that means that everyone has the same fifth or sixth member. There’s always this guy that he or she is keeping the pace, which is the click track. And it just makes everything sound the same. WITCHERY has always made a point out of recording live. With this album, we went into the studio saying that ‘We want the album to sound like old, natural drums.’ I actually told [producer] Daniel Bergstrand that I wanted it to sound like VAN HALEN‘s drums on ‘1984’, just something that people don’t hear anymore these days. We are very happy with the outcome. It might be a silly word, but I want my metal to sound dangerous, like MOTÖRHEAD or something, old MOTÖRHEAD albums, you never knew what was going to happen. Maybe we’re not as dirty and smelly as MOTÖRHEAD, but we still want to have that… you put on a WITCHERY album, we want to give the feeling that this band means business, that we love to play music. We try to create something, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

On his reaction when fans refer to WITCHERY as “black metal”:

Patrik: “I don’t think it’s entirely true, though, that said, black metal is a bit more forgiving than maybe thrash metal and [pure] heavy metal is. There’s so much more you can do within the boundaries of black metal: atmospheric, or very lo-fi, orchestral, like DIMMU BORGIR. If you play thrash, it’s mainly just thrash. If you play heavy metal, it’s kind of IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST. Black metal is pretty generous in that perspective that there’s so many different ways of playing it. But, I wouldn’t call us a black metal band because we do play a lot of heavy metal riffs, even, a lot of thrash riffs, of course, even death metal riffs. Actually, there’s a song off ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ that’s called ‘Zoroast’ that almost has a rock opening, the chorus there. I don’t know what to call what we play, which is a good thing, I guess.”

“I Am Legion” was released on November 10 via Century Media Records. The album’s initial CD pressing comes as a digipak with two bonus tracks: “Ragnarök” and “Apex Ghoul”. “I Am Legion” is also available as 180-gram vinyl version on either black vinyl or limited colored runs on clear vinyl (100 copies via CM webshop) and transparent red vinyl (200 copies via CM Distro).

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DRAGONFORCE Bassist On His SINSAENUM Project: 'I Have A Natural Tendency To Write Darker Things'

DRAGONFORCE Bassist On His SINSAENUM Project: 'I Have A Natural Tendency To Write Darker Things'

Metal Wani‘s Anne Catherine Swallow recently conducted an interview with DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq about his extreme death metal project SINSAENUM, which also features former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether any of the songs on the band’s new “Ashes” EP were left over from their 2016 “Echoes Of The Tortured” debut album:

Frédéric: “No, they were not leftovers. But as soon as the album was recorded, I never really stopped working on songs. Because everybody is so far away from each other, it is too difficult to actually write together. The contributions, I still write most of the stuff and the contribution is the same, I just send the songs, the demos, to the guys and they add their parts and they change [things] because I’m not really a good drummer, so I just write basic stuff. Then Joey is free to do what he wants based on those demos. ‘Ashes’ was probably the first song I wrote, probably when the album came out. I was already thinking about ‘Okay, we need to come up with new songs.’ I didn’t want to stop there anyway. Because we didn’t go on tour, that’s why we thought it would be great to have a little something to give to the fans before the actual tour and the real album. That’s why the EP is a bit of a ‘Thank you for your patience.’ That’s where we are right now.”

On whether the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre influenced his lyrical approach in SINSAENUM:

Frédéric: “Yes, but it’s not related to Bataclan. Everything that pisses me off is going to turn into music or everything that happens in my life is going to turn into music one way or another. All of the frustration, the hatred, the anger, that’s going to be in the SINSAENUM ‘box,’ if you will. All the happier stuff is going in the DRAGONFORCE [box]. I put the happy stuff in the DRAGONFORCE folder, but I have a natural tendency to write darker things, so that’s why the SINSAENUM folder has more stuff, if that makes any sense.”

On the band’s plans to release the follow-up to “Echoes Of The Tortured”:

Frédéric: “The plan is to release the album in September next year, then to go on tour. That’s the plan.”

On trying to schedule a proper tour for SINSAENUM given the other priorities of its members:

Frédéric: “That’s why I need to plan ahead. That’s why I need to go, ‘Okay, this is now going to happen this year.’ Last year, we were that close to doing a few shows, but for a shitty reason, it did not happen. Now, I’ve been on tour with DRAGONFORCE for most of the year. Attila [Csihar, vocals] is busy as hell with MAYHEM. Joey just started VIMIC, so this year is not possible, so that’s why I’m like, ‘We’ll have time, so we’ll do another album.’ I want to make sure everyone has a free calendar for 2018, October, and so far, everything seems okay. I don’t want to say too much. One thing, I want to say, I could have not toured for the first album without all the members because I think it would have given people the wrong impression that it was just a studio album. Now that we are established and are the team that we are is doing more one than album, I’m less afraid of touring next year with one member not being there and replaced by someone else. I think people will understand more. I think if we would have done that for the first album, I think it would have been a huge mistake. I think now people will tolerate it a bit more, I hope.”

On whether SINSAENUM will keep the same lineup for their second album:

Frédéric: “Yeah. So far, yes. Maybe I have my own ideas of what’s going on, but so far, that’s how it is, yes.”

“Ashes” was released November 10 via earMUSIC. The effort contains three brand new and EP-exclusive songs. Additionally, two previously exclusive Japanese bonus tracks can finally be enjoyed by the rest of the world. To top it all off, renowned French producer and musician Frederic Duquesne (MASS HYSTERIA, guitar) has provided a remix for “Dead Souls”. The cover artwork was drawn by Maxime Taccardi, a dark, twisted artist who managed to capture the essence of SINSAENUM‘s music.

SINSAENUM is rounded out by Sean Zatorsky (DÅÅTH, vocals), Seth Heimoth (bass) and Stephane Buriez (LOUDBLAST, guitar).

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PROPHETS OF RAGE: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire Paris Concert

PROPHETS OF RAGE: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire Paris Concert

Professionally filmed video footage of PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s entire November 10 performance at Le Zénith in Paris, France can be seen below.

PROPHETS OF RAGE is the supergroup featuring Chuck D, Tom Morello and other members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE alongside CYPRESS HILL‘s B-Real.

PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s self-titled debut album was released on September 15. The disc was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien who has done notable work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE.

“Prophets Of Rage” scored top chart entries in multiple countries across the globe in its first week. The album sold more than 21,000 copies in the U.S., entering Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart at No. 16. The set’s strong international chart showings include a No. 6 debut in the U.K., No. 8 in France, No. 14 in Germany, No. 4 in New Zealand and NO. 11 in Australia.

Formed amid 2016’s tumultuous election, PROPHETS OF RAGE have toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and coalesced into an explosive unit capable of playing with equal parts precision, passion and muscle. The new album, with bold cover art created for the band by renowned street artist, Shepard Fairey, fuses the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of their previous work into an inventive, compelling and timely new musical statement. Michael Moore, who directed the blistering, politically charged video for the track “Unfuck The World” declared: “PROPHETS OF RAGE is the right band, saying the right shit, at this very critical moment.”

“When we put this band together a year ago, I don’t think any of us knew what to expect or how it would be received by the people,” stated B-Real. “From that time to now, it’s been amazing to see the growth of this new amazing band and to see the effect it has had on the fans we’ve played for. I feel blessed to be a part of it. Our chemistry is undeniable when we are on stage, and to finally bring forth a new album with that same powerful chemistry is exciting and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

At its core, PROPHETS OF RAGE functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as THE CLASH, KRS-One and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: PUBLIC ENEMY‘s frenzied, racing textures, RAGE‘s jaw-melting riffs, and CYPRESS HILL‘s manically playful party energy.

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