Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA have reunited with producerRoss Robinson (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) to record the band’s next album, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is currently being tracked at Robinson‘s studio in Venice, California and is being co-produced by Steve Evetts, who previously worked withSEPULTURA on the “Nation” (2001), “Revolusongs” (2002) and“Roorback” (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Rosson a number of other projects in the past.
A short video clip of SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. laying down his tracks can be seen below.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser recently stated about the upcoming CD: “I think this album is one of the heaviest albums we ever did. We want to bring the SEPULTURA live attitude to the studio and with Ross we achieved that more than any other album, it sounds very alive, the performances are at their best. But we have one specific song that is more dramatic, clean but heavy and dark. The song is called ‘Grief’, which had the nickname ‘Balada’. It is a song that starts with clean guitars in a way that we never attempted before, I think it was our biggest challenge on this album, regarding all the instruments and it came out amazing.”
Regarding the contributions of SEPULTURA‘s new drummer, Eloy Casagrande, to the new album recording sessions, Kisser said: “Eloy is one of the great drummers of the world. It’s amazing to see him playing with such energy and power. He brought a new level of energy and possibilities to our music. I wrote crazy riffs on the guitar that was no problem for him to work something even crazier on drums. Heavy parts with lots of double bass and fast drum fills. We wrote one of the bestSEPULTURA albums together. You all will here this monster behind the drumsticks. He killed on the recording sessions and it will be awesome to perform these songs live on stage.”
SEPULTURA‘s upcoming CD will mark the first time the band will have recorded an album outside Brazil since “Against”.
The reunion between SEPULTURA and Robinson was first suggested byMonte Conner, the former Roadrunner Records A&R chief who is now the head of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a U.S. partnership withNuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.
Robinson produced SEPULTURA‘s classic “Roots” album in 1995. Released in February 1996 by Roadrunner, it was the band’s last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist Max Cavalera.
“Roots” sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and was certified gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association Of America(RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 units.
SEPULTURA has spent most of the past two years on tour in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, “Kairos”, which hit stores in July 2011.
Pictured below: SEPULTURA with producer Ross Robinson
Digital Tour Bus, which gives fans “an all-access pass” to the tour buses that their favorite bands travel in, has posted its latest “Bus Invaders” episode, focusing on Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY. The four-minute clip, which was filmed February 12 in Joliet, Ilinois, can be seen below.
On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled “A Memory Construct”, which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the “Construct” sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased “A Memory Construct” and “Sorrows Architect”, previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine.
DARK TRANQUILLITY’s tenth studio album, “Construct”, was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden.
DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song “Uniformity” on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will enter the studio in February to begin recording their new album for a late summer release via the band’s new label, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Tentative songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Killers & Kings”, “Beneath The Silt”, “Ojos De La Muerte”, “Sail Into The Black” and “Night Of The Long Knives”.
Speaking to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn stated about the band’s new material: “It sounds like MACHINE HEAD! It’s definitely moving forward, which I feel like we’re probably always gonna do.
“We’re not a band that ever looks back. We do our thing and try to take the life experiences that we have and the musicianship that we’ve evolved and try to use it. Obviously, we have our sound and we have the MACHINE HEAD patented harmonics, the downtuned riffs and I sing the way I sing.
“I think Bob Dylan said it best: ‘You just find new ways to say the same thing.'”
Speaking about some of the specific tracks and the lyrical themes covered on the new album, Flynn said: “I’ve got some pretty cool lyrics ready. There’s a song called ‘Night Of The Long Knives’, and it’s pretty fucked! It’s about the Manson murders, and the lyrics are really dark and vicious.
“We’ve found some new twists to give to the MACHINE HEAD sound and some new fire and excitement.”
Asked what the band’s main aims were when they started composing music for the new CD, Flynn said: “Well, it’s nice to try and have a plan, but music has a way of unravelling over time! [Laughs] You’ve just got to roll with it.
“With [2007’s] ‘The Blackening’, I’d love to say I had this grand vision of nine- and 10-minute songs, but the first four songs we wrote were the four shorter songs on the record. For months, there was no indication whatsoever that we’d have 10-minute songs. That stuff came later.
“Human nature wants to control and dictate where things will go, but you can’t. It won’t let you! The more you try, the more it goes, ‘Fuck you.’ It’s going some other way!”
Regarding whether the songwriting process comes more easily after more than two decades as a band, Flynn said: “I just try and do my thing. With this record in particular, I’ve tried to discipline myself more with routine, writing a little bit every day, but for months I was in a riff rut. Every riff I wrote fuckin’ sucked! Then we took a two-week break and I was writing my Facebook journals about the ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’ [MACHINE HEAD’s 2003 album] story, and that cleared my head. At the end of those two weeks, the floodgates opened and all hell of riffs poured out. I was so stoked! This torrent of riffs, this molten hot lava, was at my fingertips. It’s such a good feeling.”
Flynn also revealed that MACHINE HEAD has “definitely got some ideas” for the artwork and imagery for the band’s new album, but added: “It’s weird, though, because who the fuck even buys albums anymore?
“An album cover is a necessary thing but for so many people it’s justa little one-and-a-half-inch square on an iPhone.
“We’re going to have a lot of worldwide special editions, so for the people who are still into that stuff, we’ll have some next-level shit. Especially with our new label, Nuclear Blast, they can do all of that stuff. They’re not afraid to do all these crazy, over-the-top special-edition things and big two-foot metal cases and all that.
“I’m a super-nerd collector and that shit rules to me!”
MACHINE HEAD’s most recent studio release, 2011’s “Unto The Locust”, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 22 — putting them in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s history.