ABORTED To Commemorate Debut Album's 20th Anniversary With Retrospective Release

ABORTED To Commemorate Debut Album's 20th Anniversary With Retrospective Release

Prior to ABORTED‘s performance in Brooklyn, New York on April 15, vocalist Sven de Caluwé spoke with Heavy New York. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the group’s latest album, “TerrorVision”:

Sven: “I think [it] is the record we actually put the most time into, because this is the only [ABORTED] record we did full pre-production of. We also had way too much songs. There’s a bunch of songs that never made it on the record. We recorded about 65, 70 minutes of music, and then the label asked us to trim it down because they thought it was too long, which was hard for us because loved all the songs. But after listening to the whole master a couple of times, we were, like, ‘It does get intense,’ so we decided to scrap three tracks. We’re, like, ‘You know what? We’ll use them for something else later. Let’s try to make the most coherent album, and then the most coherent thing out of those other tracks.’ We actually recorded the entire album at home ourselves before going in the studio, so we were very well-prepared for once.”

On whether the band has decided how to use the leftover material:

Sven: “Since it’s [the] anniversary this year — 20 years since our first album — we wanted to do something special, so we’re actually going to use, I think, one of the three tracks that we really, really like on that release. We’re writing another bunch of new songs that we think are pretty cool, and then we’ll re-record a bunch of songs from the first two albums to do a sort of anniversary kind of release to celebrate the 20 years, and to also give the fans something new.”

On the band’s writing process:

Sven: “There’s never really a template. I think what we usually do before we start writing, we’re, like, ‘All right. We did this. What could be better, and what do we want to do different? Where do we see it going? What kind of direction do we want to go with the new shit?’… We discuss that kind of shit, and then we just start writing. Usually, what comes out comes out, and when something doesn’t fit what e have in mind, we just toss it aside. There’s no fit mold… It’s literally what feels natural.”

On the group’s goals for their new material:

Sven: “With everybody living all over the world, we don’t really get to jam as a band. Everybody’s got their producing tools and demo tools, but we don’t get to jam the songs before we record them. This is an additional step we want to take now – when we finish writing, lock ourselves up for a week, jam out these songs and work out any kinks. We want to get songs that have much more impact live. It’s not a problem to play all the songs, but there’s just certain songs that are ‘album songs’ and songs that are ‘live songs.’ Now, we want to make sure we have a whole record which is both.”

On the Belgian metal scene:

Sven: “There is a scene in Belgium – a great scene, but there’s not that many death metal bands anymore. There’s a lot of things going on around AMENRA; there’s OATHBREAKER, OFF THE CROSS, WIEGEDOOD. Those are a lot of the same people, or the same type of crowd. That thing is exploding. Back in the day, we had the whole H8000 scene, which is the beginning of what for me at least was actual metalcore. Metalcore, for me, is not singy choruses and shit. Back in the day, it was a mix of fuckin’ hardcore and metal… For me, that’s what I know as metalcore. It’s a very different version of the American metalcore style. We used to have a huge scene of that. Then death metal did kind of good, and now the whole AMENRA thing is doing great. I think for death metal, there’s still a really good scene. There’s not that many bands, though. There’s a lot of fans, but not necessarily that many local bands that I know of that are doing a lot.”

ABORTED‘s tenth studio album, “TerrorVision”, was released in September via Century Media Records. The group’s “Hell Over North America” tour with CRYPTOPSY wraps up tonight (April 20) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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PERRY FARRELL Describes New Solo Album 'Kind Heaven' As 'A Mythology About A Prophecy'

PERRY FARRELL Describes New Solo Album 'Kind Heaven' As 'A Mythology About A Prophecy'

Perry Farrell (JANE’S ADDICTION, PORNO FOR PYROS) recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 about his forthcoming solo album, “Kind Heaven”. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On “Kind Heaven”:

Perry: “I’m creating a scene. I’m making a new music scene and a new music community, starting of course with the music, but the music is basically soundtrack. I am writing a mythology, but I’m writing a mythology about a prophecy, and that prophecy is the Messianic Era. The story takes place on the threshold of the Messianic Era… heaven descends, and God lives on Earth. He comes to live with us and amongst us again. The military warriors lay down their weapons and pick up the plow shares, so in other words, the world is at peace finally, and we are helping each other. Brother is helping brother, but also there are some very scary elements to the era — the rise of the Antichrist; Armageddon; men turning into women; women turning into men. You can do research on the Messianic era and it will blow your mind and it will give you lots of inspiration and ideas like it did to me.”

On his plans to perform the album live in Las Vegas next year:

Perry: “The Kind Heaven Orchestra is the orchestra that will be performing in Las Vegas. We are curating a hotel directly across the street from Caesars Palace. It will be called ‘Kind Heaven’. It is 100,000-square-foot — I believe it’s five stories — and we’re turning it from a hotel into a multi-varietal, immersive entertainment complex… We are going to immerse you in a mythology as I’ve described… Some people will be actually improv actors. There’s four stages, so there’s entertainment, but it’s varietal entertainment going on all night and all afternoon. It will be altogether telling the story of the Messianic Era.”

On his plans to perform elsewhere:

Perry: “The interesting part about the Kind Heaven Orchestra is, all the elements that will be in Las Vegas in 2020, I can extract the initial elements of it — the orchestra, the video, some of the actors, some of the specialty acts — and I can tour that, so that’s what our plan is now in the upcoming months. We’ll be touring as the Kind Heaven Orchestra that will be touring the story through residencies. We’re going to set up, and we will immerse you in the evening. There will be people around you that will be improvisational actors; we’re going to have dinner and music and different varieties of entertainment.”

On how long he’s been planning this concept:

Perry: “It’s coming up on seven years.”

On his career trajectory:

Perry: “I’ve been very lucky and fortunate not only to start as a musician in the small clubs and the parties and then getting out into the desert and performing, and learning how to entertain people from the standpoint of a musician and also as a promoter and a producer. What turns people on, and what makes for a successful evening and experience? Then came Lollapalooza. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to study and watch and participate over the last 30 years how people experience nightlife and adult entertainment. ‘Kind Heaven’ is, to me, the culmination of all that experience, and I’m able to change it modularly. I can put it into a festival like Lollapalooza… but I like the idea of being able to make it much smaller and more intimate, the way that people were experiencing music in the early ’60s when THE BEATLES would be in Hamburg, Germany… they created a scene on a very small scale, but that small, intimate experience really is what created and made THE BEATLES. It was the intimate relationship they had with the audience and how they got to develop their sound and their band and get great with their harmonies and get to be better musicians. I’m hoping to do the same thing with ‘Kind Heaven’.”

On the inspiration behind the album’s first single, the self-described protest song “Pirate Punk Politician”:

Perry: “You know what I think about a lot? Those young people of the ’60s are the people that are in our Senate today. What happened? What went wrong? Why did they end up such stiffs, such sellouts? It really bothers me. I think to myself, ‘This is our time now. If we’re going to change the world, there’s no time like the present.’ I don’t have any more time to mince words. I want to get down to it, and I know that are more people that think like me and that agree with my outlook and my ideas. Basically, the world comes first. We have to make sure that the world is healthy, because that’s where we get our food from, that’s where we get our water from. Anybody that stands against that or is going to try to make money in the face of the illness of the earth, they’ve got to go. We don’t have any more time for these people.”

“Kind Heaven” marks the first solo album release from the JANE’S ADDICTION and PORNO FOR PYROS frontman since 2001. Conceived by Farrell and produced by Tony Visconti, “Kind Heaven” features Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Mike Garson (DAVID BOWIE), Matt Chamberlain (SOUNDGARDEN), Chris Chaney (JANE’S ADDICTION), Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Peter Distefano (PORNO FOR PYROS), Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (THE CARS), Joachim Garraud (DAVID GUETTA), and other notable star turns. Sonic highlights include orchestral scoring by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson Willams, striking duets with Etty Farrell, and a first-of-its-kind sound mix by IMN Creative to create an all-new music experience for fans.

Farrell will kick off a North American tour in support of “Kind Heaven” on June 7 in New York City. The run wraps June 25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Former STATIC-X Guitarist TRIPP EISEN Launches New Band FACE WITHOUT FEAR

Former STATIC-X Guitarist TRIPP EISEN Launches New Band FACE WITHOUT FEAR

Ex-STATIC-X and DOPE guitarist Tripp Eisen has launched a new industrial rock band called FACE WITHOUT FEAR.

The group, which also features Ken “Mantis” Hoyt (CRUSHPILE) on vocals, Terrestrial T (METHODICAL) on drums, and Dante on guitar, will make its live debut on Saturday, June 1 at QXT’s in Newark, New Jersey.

A video teaser is available below.

FACE WITHOUT FEAR is:

Tripp Eisen (STATIC X, MURDERDOLLS, DOPE) – Guitar
Ken “Mantis” Hoyt (CRUSHPILE) – Vocals
Terrestrial T (METHODICAL) – Drums
Dante – Guitar

Eisen — whose real name is Tod Rex Salvador — has kept a relatively low profile for more than a decade since serving time for allegedly meeting and sexually assaulting two underage females in January and February 2005.

Two years ago, Eisen told Totally Driven Radio that his arrest and prison sentence was “a difficult time of my life” and insisted that he has “learned from it” and “grown. What happened to me was really bad judgment, terrible mistakes that I made, and I paid a price for ’em,” he said.

Tripp added that “there were two cases [involving two separate girls]. I had to deal with both things. And I got through it. Yeah, there was two cases. It’s been out there. It’s been so long ago. But I’m here, I’m alive, I’m well, I survived it, and the fact that… It was difficult. I’ve written a lot of music in the interim. I reconnected with a lot of former friends, partners in the industry, different people I’ve worked with. I’ve been rebuilding some of my relationships with people, and it’s been a blessing. I feel grateful for all the people that stuck by me. Sometimes it’s hard to mend relationships, especially with a lot of the press I got — [it was] very hurtful and stuff — but I understand it; I understand where people come from.”

Tripp said that he felt like he “lost everything” when he was arrested in 2005. “A lot of people have an earth-shaking or a life-changing event in their life, and if you lose everything, you can survive it, you can bounce back, you can grow,” explained. “And I’m not gonna even say I lost everything, ’cause there’s people that stuck by me. I had my family [that] was very supportive, and there’s people that stuck by me. There’s friends that came out of the woodwork — people I was just acquainted with, all of a sudden they’re sending me letters [being] very supportive. Some people shied away, and then when I got out, I mended those friendships or re-established those friendships. It’s awkward, but I think that you can bounce back. It’s something that you can be inspirational. And I was inspired by a lot of people that have overcome even greater odds than I have. I’m here, I’m alive, I have music to play. My art is important to me. I’ve written songs. I’ve never given up hope. If I never was successful in music again, I have to be okay with that. But I feel like I’ve got something to say. I’ve got music I’m writing, I’m collaborating with people, writing lyrics, writing music.”

Eisen rejoined his former bandmates in ROUGHHOUSE (formerly TEEZE) on stage in October 2016 at the Savfest at Whiskey Tango in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The concert was a benefit for people suffering from depression and mental health issues, raising suicide awareness and showing support for those who have lost a loved one to depression and suicide.

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WHITESNAKE's JOEL HOEKSTRA On Writing With DAVID COVERDALE: 'The First Thing You Come Up With Has To Be Good'

WHITESNAKE's JOEL HOEKSTRA On Writing With DAVID COVERDALE: 'The First Thing You Come Up With Has To Be Good'

WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra recently spoke with Cameron Buchholtz of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma radio station 100.5 The KATT. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the band’s rigorous touring schedule:

Joel: “That’s something that David Coverdale still likes. He still enjoys production rehearsals and heading out with our own gear, and he still loves to make new music… All that stuff really comes from the same point of love with him, because financially, he’s set for life – he could retire today — but he just loves the process and loves getting out there with us.”

On the extent of his involvement with the group’s forthcoming album, “Flesh & Blood”:

Joel: “Obviously, for David to have me in as a co-writer on a lot of the songs was an honor, and to be brought in as co-producer for the big picture kind of stuff, I just think they figured out I had more to say than, ‘Turn my guitar up,’ and they trusted me a little bit more along the way. It’s the next step for me in WHITESNAKE… It’s my job coming in here to make him want to come in to work, make him want to keep going and do the best I can with that.”

On whether it was “intimidating” to write with Coverdale:

Joel: “Thankfully, the relationship has been there for a few years now, so I feel like there’s a good friendship. The lines of communication are really clear with us, so that was really… I guess not that intimidating in a way. The only thing that’s intimidating is [that] he moves quick. He’ll have an idea and say where we can go with this, and the first thing you come up with has to be good. You can’t really meander and say, ‘Give me a minute — let me find something.’ He likes to write quick. Intimidating might be the wrong word, but you’ve got to be on the ball. He’s had a history of great musicians in WHITESNAKE, so having the opportunity to join in that is an honor. It just comes down to doing your best every time out with whatever it is you’re doing. In this business, you have to — otherwise, you’re not going to make it.”

On why he left NIGHT RANGER:

Joel: “WHITESNAKE is a bigger band than NIGHT RANGER — definitely internationally… The catalog for WHITESNAKE was probably a big thing — just how many great songs there are in the catalog. The opportunity to work with David Coverdale and Tommy Aldridge and Reb Beach — legendary players in the business, and [to] get out internationally and get showcased more on guitar. There’s a history of great players, and David‘s really great about showcasing his players, so that’s a big factor in it as well.”

On his other musical endeavors:

Joel: “I still do TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA in November [and] December, and I’ve been touring with Cher as well in all the gaps, basically. She’s had me in as her guitar player for a couple years now… It’s one of those things in your career that you never would have seen coming. It’s not like I picked up a guitar as a kid and went, ‘Some day, I’m going to be in Cher‘s band.’ Nobody in our genre really thought of that, but it’s also been a blessing. All the players are great players, and they’re really fun people to work with. Her shows are really big — she’s been doing an arena tour, and it’s 18,000-20,000 people a show, so it’s also got me a whole lot of new fans, which is cool. I’m having a good time.”

“Flesh & Blood” will be released on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album “Forevermore” and 2015’s “The Purple Album”, a reimagining of DEEP PURPLE classics from Coverdale‘s time in that band.

Joining Coverdale on “Flesh & Blood” is the powerhouse band comprised of Hoekstra and Beach on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Aldridge on drums and Michele Luppi on keyboards.

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VOIVOD Drummer: 'We Are Writing A New Album Right Now On The Road'

VOIVOD Drummer: 'We Are Writing A New Album Right Now On The Road'

Prior to VOIVOD‘s performance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 5, drummer Michel “Away” Langevin spoke with Michael Nagy of KJAG Radio and Jag TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the key to the band’s success:

Michel: “Perseverance. It’s 36 years of working hard on the band, and it’s paying off. We have a great momentum right now.”

On overcoming band member turnover:

Michel: “Every time, it’s a tough challenge, and we sort of have to start over again, even though the name is pretty well-known. The challenge is to adapt to the newest members musically, but it’s exciting and refreshing.”

On the concept behind the group’s latest album, 2018’s “The Wake”:

Michel: “It’s some ancient entity dormant under the sea that’s been awakened purposely, and then changes everything on Earth socially. It’s just a big change, a big awakening for this planet. The message is always about Earth, but it’s about the destruction of this planet, but it’s true sort of sci-fi folk tales in a way. It’s always related to what’s going on, but it’s in a science-fiction type of setting.”

On the band’s recently completed tour with YOB and AMENRA:

Michel: “It’s really amazing. It’s very well-attended. It’s a blast everywhere, because even though VOIVOD is a pretty established band, we don’t get to play the old American theaters like we do on this tour. We usually play smaller clubs, so it’s been an amazing experience. Plus, the three bands, we get along amazingly, so we’re just surfing on it… We have a lot of respect from promoters and the other bands. It’s just an amazing tour. It’s too bad that it’s so short.”

On his favorite VOIVOD album artwork:

Michel: “The first album, I’m very proud of. It was my first professional painting, so I think I was able to represent the music and the lyrics properly in the Cold War era. I think ‘War And Pain’ would be the one that I’m the most proud of, probably.”

On the band’s upcoming plans:

Michel: “We are writing a new album right now on the road, but it’s just that the year is booked very solid. After this U.S. tour, we are playing the Maryland Deathfest in May, and after that, we are playing the Jazz Fest [Festival International de Jazz de Montreal], and then we go and play all the festivals in Europe in August. September/October will be another U.S. tour, and November/December, we go back and do the clubs in Europe. We are able to demo material backstage and in the bus, so we’re doing everything at once — constant touring and writing.”

On whether the direction of the band’s new music is evident at this point:

Michel: “Not yet. Chewy [guitarist Daniel Mongrain] just started to put down ideas on his laptop, and we’re going to build from there. But the reception from ‘The Wake’ is just so amazing that we feel confident that it’s a good path to follow — this fusion/thrash metal thing.”

“The Wake”VOIVOD‘s fourteenth studio album — was released in September via Century Media Records. The record was tracked and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada, while the artwork was once again created by Langevin.

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