“Second Skin”, the Jakob Arevarn-directed video from Maryland extreme metallers DYING FETUS can be seen below (courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com). The song comes off the band’s latest album, “Reign Supreme”, which sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
DYING FETUS‘s previous collection of original material, “Descend Into Depravity”, opened with around 2,700 units to land at No. 166.
Released on June 19, 2012 via Relapse Records, “Reign Supreme” was recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore with longtime producer Steve Wright (SLIPKNOT, MISERY INDEX). It will feature nine tracks and is “a ‘return to roots,’ with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band’s last few works,” according to a press release. “Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know.”
Commented DYING FETUS guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher: “The last album had some groove in it, but [it] was basically a lot of tech; this one is a return to form of older DYING FETUS albums, so to speak — more modern production, though, of course. Everything’s tight, the sound is crushing, the drums are amazing.”
Reactivated British extreme metal legends CARCASS inked a deal last Thursday (May 9) with an as-yet-undisclosed label for the release of their comeback album, “Surgical Steel”. The CD was mixed by Andy Sneap(MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY) to mix its comeback album, “Surgical Steel”, after the project’s producer, Colin Richardson(FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE), quit the project two weeks into the mixing process. During a March 2013 concert at the Underworld in London, CARCASSbassist/vocalist Jeff Walker claimed that Richardson walked away from the mix in order to work on the new TRIVIUM album.
CARCASS’ first studio LP since 1996’s “Swansong” will feature guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen.
Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” conducted an interview with SLIPKNOTand STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor at the Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show, which was held this past Saturday night (November 9) at the historic Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The concert honored heavy metal legend, BLACK SABBATH’s Geezer Butler, and featured an all-star band of rock luminaries performing BLACK SABBATH songs as a tribute to Butler. The performance culminated with Geezer joining the band for the finale.
Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for SLIPKNOT’s next album, Corey said: “We’re just getting demos together right now, and [we’re] hoping to get into the studio in the summer next year. So very soon we’re gonna start having stuff to get out to the people.”
Regarding how the new SLIPKNOT material is shaping up so far, Corey said: “It’s very heavy. I mean, just based on the stuff that I’ve been demoing and the stuff that I’ve been working with [drummer] Joey [Jordison] on, it is, like… Honestly, it’s like [2004’s] ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’ meets [2001’s] ‘Iowa’. It’s really dark, but there’s some really good esoteric stuff to it, a lot of good melody without taking away from the heaviness. It’s gonna be pretty rad.”
Taylor told ARTISTdirect in a recent interview about SLIPKNOT’s forthcoming fifth studio album: “The stuff I’m writing right now is really dark. The stuff Clown [Shawn Crahan, percussionist] is coming with is beyond. It’s going to be cool to get the alchemists in the same room and see what happens.”
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is not setting any deadlines on itself for making the new disc. “Right now the only plan is go into the studio and see what happens,” he said. “After that, it’s up to us. But I mean, hopefully that tides everybody over, you know, just the fact that we are going to go into the studio and start seeing what we can see. ‘Cause I know I’ve got some music that I’ve been working on, Joey’s got a bunch of stuff, Jim’s [Root, guitarist] got some stuff, Clown’s always got a lot of really interesting musical ideas, so it’ll be really cool to kind of see what happens.”
The new SLIPKNOT album will be the band’s first without bassist Paul Gray, another key member of the songwriting team who died of a drug overdose in May 2010.
Joey Jordison’s side band, SCAR THE MARTYR, recently released its self-titled debut CD.
Taylor and Root have spent the last three years with STONE SOUR recording and touring behind three full studio records, 2010’s “Audio Secrecy” and the double concept album”House Of Gold And Bones”, which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013.
SLIPKNOT toured earlier this year and last summer.