SUICIDAL TENDENCIES To Release ’13’ Album Next Month
February 24, 2013
Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will release a new album, “13”, on March 26.
A teaser for the CD’s first video, “Cyco Style”, directed by Pep Williams, can be seen below.
The first leg of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ “Slam City” tour starts April 11 at the Regency Ballroom in San Franscisco and ends May 12 in San Diego at House Of Blues. All dates will see WAKE THE DEAD open. D.R.I. will support from Minneapolis to Charleston and SICK OF IT ALL will be joinSUICIDAL TENDENCIES in Philadelphia, New York, Worchester, Baltimore, and from St. Petersburg until the end of the tour.
When asked why he thinks the sound of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has stood the test of time, the band’s frotnman, Mike Muir, told Loudwire in a 2012 interview, “I think for us, when we started we didn’t really know what we were doing. We didn’t really set out and try to do something for other people. We stood there and did what we liked. We didn’t care what other people thought. After we did our first record, one of my good friends came up to me and said, ‘Yo, Mike, I got to talk to you. People aren’t going to like the album. It’s not music. You have an opportunity to make music that people can listen to on the radio.’ But I didn’t think that was an opportunity because I didn’t like what I was hearing on the radio. Our barometer is not what people are going to think or how many records we can sell. We just want to be proud of what we make. That’s why it stands the test of time. We did records that we thought were really good.”
On the topic of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ plans to release a new studio album, Muir said, “We’ve always had new music in the works. Now it’s actually to the point that we have some that we’re ready to put out. Now is the time to put out a new record and we feel really, really good about it. There will definitely be a record out this year.
Regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming CD, Muir said, “The way we look at it is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of our first record. When we look at a record, we don’t want to have it sound like 2012. We want it to sound awesome 25 years from now, so when a kid who wasn’t even born when we made it listens to it, he’s like, ‘Damn, that’s a cool record!’ I just had a guy from a radio station tell me that some listeners have been requesting the new song ‘Institutionalized’. The young listeners don’t realize that’s an old song! Something like [METALLICA‘s recent Orion Music + More festival] is good for us, too, because a lot of people who wouldn’t have listened to us will check us out because they know Robert [Trujillo, METALLICA bassist] was in the band.”
The second in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s participation in this year’s Gigantour can be seen below. Also appearing on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with HELLYEAH, DEVICE, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s “Unblackened” DVD was shot on March 6 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The set is expected to contain intimate versions of some of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s most popular songs, as well as songs from mainman Zakk Wylde’s solo album “Book Of Shadows” and his
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS on Sunday (June 8) announced the departure of their singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza.
Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004, told MetalRecusants.com about his return to the band: “A lot went into my decision. They [EXODUS] have got great management now with Chuck Billy [TESTAMENT], they really got it together. A lot of it was enticing to me and it makes great sense to [my other band] HATRIOT. Those guys [HATRIOT] are nearly as excited as me. They know we might have to sit for a minute but we’re still working on songs [for the third HATRIOT album] and stuff.”
Souza also confirmed that he will pull “double duty” for the foreseeable future, splitting his time between EXODUS and HATRIOT, which also features his sons Nick Souza (drums) and Cody Souza (bass). He said: “[EXODUS guitarist and main songwriter Gary Holt is] in SLAYER. What am I gonna do when he’s [on the road with those guys]? They told me not to quit [HATRIOT], and I was, like, I’m not. I’m not gonna shelve everything we [HATRIOT] have worked for. I’m not. I’m like Corey Taylor now [who is splitting his time between SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR]. You know, we’re writing the new HATRIOT album right now and it will be out next year guaranteed.”
Asked about the possibility of a tour featuring SLAYER, EXODUS and HATRIOT, Zetro said: “I don’t know about something like that. We need to take this in baby steps. I’m not gonna force anybody to piggyback. I believe the management understands how I feel about that band [SLAYER], my band [HATRIOT] and being in EXODUS. They’ve seen I’ve kept to the program with Gary being in SLAYER. You can work double duties, so we’ll see what happens. But you know me, I can do it.”