SIN QUIRIN Says 'AmeriKKKant' Album 'Has Stuff That I Don't Think People Are Expecting From A MINISTRY Record'

SIN QUIRIN Says 'AmeriKKKant' Album 'Has Stuff That I Don't Think People Are Expecting From A MINISTRY Record'

Jay Nanda of Alamo True Metal conducted an interview with members of industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY prior to the band’s November 12 show at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the band’s forthcoming “AmeriKKKant” studio album:

Sin Quirin (guitar): “It’s been done for several months. It was originally supposed to be out in October, but we recently signed to Nuclear Blast, and so now it’s been pushed to first week of March. We’re playing a couple of songs tonight off the new record. We’re playing ‘Antifa’, which is going to be the first single off the record and we’re playing a song called ‘Wargasm’ as well.”

On working with MINISTRY leader Al Jourgensen:

Cesar Soto (guitar): “For me, it’s pretty mind-blowing just to be on the stage with these dudes. It’s a really tight unit. You’ll be able to see tonight how tight the band has gotten. It’s pretty mind-blowing; it’s fucking awesome. What else can I say? Aside from being able to play with the best musicians you could possibly play with and come together as a unit and deliver every night, really, that’s rewarding for me.”

Tony Campos (bass, FEAR FACTORY, ex-STATIC-X): “Back in the STATIC days, the two bands we ripped off the most was MINISTRY and PRONG. To get to play in both of those bands is really cool. To get invited back and to do this again is really special. Just jamming with these guys, to get to do it again, is really fucking cool.”

Sin: “It’s funny because Tony and I go way back to the early Hollywood, L.A. scene where we were just local musicians before anybody had a record deal. We used to go to each other’s shows and play with each other’s bands. It would literally be like five people, counting the band members, watching each other play. This was the early ’90s. The early-to-mid-’90s when we first started in the scene together. It’s a trip to now be here and play with a band we both looked up to. Just being able to do this, it’s still a trip.”

On the challenges playing in MINISTRY provides:

John Bechdel (keyboards): “It is a real challenge. I’ve been doing live samples since the mid-’80s with bands. MINISTRY was the first time we had actually used a metronome or a click because all of the songs have these long samples that are timed out specifically, so if you’re playing it at the wrong tempo, they won’t line up. That was the first challenge. I started in ’06 on the ‘Rio Grande [Blood]’ tour with [drummer] Joey Jordison [ex-SLIPKNOT]. He and I quickly had to learn how to work together and work with the click. That was a big challenge, learning all of the material all at once. I go back to being a MINISTRY fan. Like a lot of us, I heard ‘I’m Falling’ on the radio in 1983 and I bought the twelve-inch single which I still have. I met MINISTRY back in ’91 when I was with KILLING JOKE and I got to know most of the guys. I met Al and I didn’t get to know him too good until I joined the band. Working with him, I realized how much we had in common with our influences from the early ’80s electronic music scene. We had to go through all the old MINISTRY archives, they were transferring all the original masters over in Pro Tools. It was a one-time process where the tape was destroyed in the process and being a part of that, also REVCO [REVOLTING COCKS] was on that ’06 tour and I got to know those guys. We were digging through old boxes of DAT tapes and zip drives, just trying to find everything we could to make this all happen. It was a big undertaking.”

On Jourgensen‘s decision to continue touring and making new albums with MINISTRY despite saying there would be no further albums after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012:

Sin: “After the last tour last year is when he was talking about wanting to do another record. The process, it changes from record to record. Sometimes we show up with ideas already kind of formed, but for this record, it was a lot of writing on the spot. He was pretty open to just different ideas. He didn’t really have any ‘Okay, I want it to be like this. I want it to be like that.’ We definitely brought slower ideas, if that makes any sense, as opposed to just playing a thousand miles an hour like some of our early records. It was a bit more experimental and we brought different instruments into this record that I don’t think people will be expecting to hear from us. It’s definitely stuff that I don’t think people are going to be expecting from a MINISTRY record, but it was pretty organic in that sense that we would show up and bring ideas and start tracking and see what we ended up with at the end of the day. We brought a couple of ideas that were in very basic forms and then just jumped from there. It was something that we might have worked on months earlier. It starts off one way and then by the time you’re done with the song, it’s completely different, but it started from an initial idea. That was the way we went about doing this record. It wasn’t, ‘Okay, I want you to write like this. I want you to write like that.’ It was, ‘Let’s see what you got. Bring what you have to the table.’ It was pretty cool. For me, it was really cool that we got so many people involved in this album. Other times, it would be just a couple of people that were doing things in the studio. For this, Cesar is on it, JB [John Bechdel] is on it, I’m on it, Al‘s over it. JB was saying there’s a bunch of different things and other guest people that are on it as well. For me, Tony‘s on it as well, it felt more like a band effort, which was really cool.”

“AmeriKKKant” will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

MINISTRY recently completed a North American tour with DEATH GRIPS as support.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Guitarist: 'If People Hate What You're Doing, It Means You're Doing It Right'

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Guitarist: 'If People Hate What You're Doing, It Means You're Doing It Right'

Jorge Fretes of Spain’s Goetia Media recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether he pays attention to what the “haters” say about AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

Zacky: “To be honest, none of it has ever bothered me. We’ve been getting it since day one. The first review our band ever got when I was 17 years old and we had just released our first EP, and this tiny little magazine wrote a review on it and for that month, we were the best album of the month and we were also the worst album of the month. We won best and worst album of the month in the same magazine. Right then and there, I was so happy and thrilled because if people hate what you’re doing, it means you’re doing it right. It means you’re in front of them, it means they have an opinion. Not everyone is going to love you. Not everyone is going to like what you do and you see a lot of people don’t want to let go of the bands that they love. They don’t want to move forward. They don’t want to let new things come in; they’re scared of change. They’re scared of new bands taking over their genre. They’re just scared of change. Those are the people that are the most vocal online and they bitch the most: ‘Oh, this band sucks. They’ll never be as good as so-and-so.’ But the reality is we’re headlining a lot of these festivals around the entire world and we’re selling out concerts everywhere we go. We put out a surprise-release album [2016’s ‘The Stage’] that was considered one of our worst-selling albums and it was still one of the biggest rock albums of the entire year in the entire world and that was our worst album. I think as long as people have a strong opinion, whether they love or hate us, I think we’re doing something right.”

On whether he thinks AVENGED SEVENFOLD can replace the likes of BLACK SABBATH and SCORPIONS as festival headliners:

Zacky: “It’s hard to say. We’re very, very fortunate to be able to play these shows that we are playing. But it’s important for a band like us to go out there and put on the best show that we can. That means blow stuff up and play loud and give the fans their money’s worth. It really needs to be a show. It’s taken a lot of these bands their careers to get to the level that they’re at. IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA are bigger now than they ever were. They’re playing stadiums across the entire planet. Even though it seems like their heyday was back when MTV and the radio played their songs all the time, the truth is that they’ve gotten bigger now because they play all the time and people know they’re going to get a great show. You get different generations. You have dads bringing their dads and people bringing their own sons and entire families coming to the concerts. That’s why there’s so many people. For us, we’re still young. We need to go out there and give it everything we have and play the best we can. I believe that if we’re able to persevere and have the longevity of some of these classic bands, then hopefully someday we’ll have the same sort of legacy that they do.”

On whether he ever writes music that isn’t suitable for AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

Zacky: “Absolutely. All the time. The one great thing about AVENGED SEVENFOLD is that our style is so unique. We can always add or incorporate different crazy music. It’s not just thrash metal or just hard rock. We’re able to incorporate all sorts of styles of music and that’s great for me. But on top of it, I love punk rock and when I go and see a band like BAD RELIGION, I think to myself, ‘Wow, that would be so fun to start a punk band just for fun.’ Or, I’ve always loved really mellow, almost sad music, just acoustic guitar, and I always write songs like that at home just for fun. Maybe someday I’ll put some of it out. But it’s hard because when you’re known for being in a band like AVENGED SEVENFOLD and having some success, you’re instantly judged. Whereas if I was just 18 years old and no one ever heard of me, I could write these songs and put them out to the world and no one would have any expectation. But now because of who I am and where our band is at, it’s really hard to release music without everyone judging it for something that it’s not.”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will release a “deluxe edition” of “The Stage” on December 15.

The band’s 2018 North American arena headlining tour will kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. The trek will be North America’s introduction to the electrifying “Stage” spectacle that drew rave reviews in Europe.

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Members Of SLIPKNOT, KORN, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, POISON, Others React To Passing Of MALCOLM YOUNG

Members Of SLIPKNOT, KORN, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, POISON, Others React To Passing Of MALCOLM YOUNG

Members of SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, WHITESNAKE, POISON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STRYPER, KORN, OVERKILL, KREATOR, SEPULTURA and VOLBEAT are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Malcolm Young.

The 64-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years.

Malcolm died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said.

Malcolm Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.

Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.

Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC‘s latest studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, which arrived in December 2014.

Malcolm Young was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group’s marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008’s “Black Ice” album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition.

Malcolm‘s death came just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for THE EASYBEATS and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.

Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Wins 'Hollywood Music And Media Award' For 'Speak To Me' From Film 'Voice From The Stone'

EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Wins 'Hollywood Music And Media Award' For 'Speak To Me' From Film 'Voice From The Stone'

Amy Lee of the group EVANESCENCE won the Hollywood Music And Media Award for “Best Original Song – Independent Film” for the track “Speak To Me” from the film “Voice From The Stone” (starring Emilia Clarke). The song was written by Lee and Michael Wandmacher.

The Hollywood Music And Media Awards (HMMA) ceremony — which took place Thursday night, November 16 at The Avalon in Hollywood — honors music in all visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). HMMA awards are selected by an advisory board and which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS and performing rights organizations. The awards are historically representative of the music nominees in key awards shows that occur months later.

“I’m so honored and so proud!” says Amy Lee. “The experience of making this song was so special; it was surreal being let into the creative process of a film I loved so much.”

“As an artist, I look for opportunities that are musically challenging and push creative boundaries in pursuit of something wonderful,” adds co-writer Michael Wandmacher. ‘Speak To Me’ is the result of such an experience. Working with Amy on this song was a privilege and career highlight. I’m thrilled that people are enjoying it.”

“Voice From The Stone” a haunting thriller, set in 1950s Tuscany, tells the story of Verena (“Game Of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke), a determined young nurse hired to help a young mute boy, who she realizes has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the stone walls of the isolated castle in which he lives. Directed by Eric Howell, Lee was moved by the film and inspired to write “Speak To Me” after watching the story which depicts the strong bond between a mother and her son and the belief that love is stronger than death. Lee recorded the song at Skywalker Ranch and shot the official video on the film set in Tuscany, Italy.

See Amy Lee perform the award-winning song “Speak To Me” live with a 28-piece orchestra on the sold-out EVANESCENCE “Synthesis Live” tour.

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