Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus To Tour

June 23, 2014 by  
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When Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out and fans experienced a night of some of the best metal on the planet. With reviews like “the best show in years that I’ve been blessed to witness,” “a metalhead’s dream come true,” and “…an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action,” how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip? So, with Scion proudly presenting, Slayer – Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass’vocals, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt – with special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12 in Oakland, CA, playing through to December. 5 in Detroit, MI. The confirmed itinerary is below.

Slayer fan club members are invited to take advantage of a ticket pre-sale that will begin this Wednesday, June 25 at 10AM (local time) and ends on Thursday, June 26 at 5:00PM (local time). Fan club members will receive an email with instructions for ticket purchasing. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27 at 10:00AM (local time) – log onto www.slayer.net for all ticket purchasing details.

Said Slayer’s Tom Araya, “We are way fucking excited about hitting the road again with Suicidal and Exodus. Fucking intense. See you in the fall.”

Added Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies’ vocalist, “Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, for only six shows? They were a blast, but everyone knew that wouldn’t be enough. Now’s your chance to see what everyone else was screaming about. ST definitely can’t wait ’til November to do it all again!”

“This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions,” added Exodus vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza who has just rejoined the band. “For my first tour back with Exodus, I’m beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I’m also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour.”-

Confirmed dates are as follows:

NOVEMBER
12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
25 The Armory, Albany, NY
26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

DECEMBER
2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Home of the Body Count Reunion Tour

June 12, 2014 by  
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Mayhem Fest always brings the noise when it comes to metal and destruction, but this year, they’re home to one of the most exciting events to happen in 2014. The Body Count reunion with Ice-T as the frontman will kick everyone’s asses in biblical proportions.

The Train Says: Attending Mayhem is a must, if even just to see Ice-T and Body Count on stage.
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This year’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts an amazing and diverse artist line-up, featuring the boldest, largest, loudest collection of artists yet! The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will showcase a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music—including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.

Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL are on sale now! This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.

See below for all current tour stops:

2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheatre
7/13 – CO – Denver – Fillmore Auditorium (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/6 – TN – Memphis – Memphis International Raceway (No Avenged Sevenfold, Korn headlines)
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)

* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival: Home of the Body Count Reunion Tour

June 12, 2014 by  
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Mayhem Fest always brings the noise when it comes to metal and destruction, but this year, they’re home to one of the most exciting events to happen in 2014. The Body Count reunion with Ice-T as the frontman will kick everyone’s asses in biblical proportions.

The Train Says: Attending Mayhem is a must, if even just to see Ice-T and Body Count on stage.
—–

This year’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts an amazing and diverse artist line-up, featuring the boldest, largest, loudest collection of artists yet! The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will showcase a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music—including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.

Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL are on sale now! This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.

See below for all current tour stops:

2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheatre
7/13 – CO – Denver – Fillmore Auditorium (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/6 – TN – Memphis – Memphis International Raceway (No Avenged Sevenfold, Korn headlines)
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)

* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.

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GWAR’s Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus Passes Away On March 23, 2014

March 24, 2014 by  
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With much sadness, we report that GWAR’s Dave Brockie, otherwise known as Oderus Urungus… The Overlord Scumdog, has died. Scumdogs don’t die, they go on to rule other galaxies.

The MTT crew will always remember the time we spent backstage with Dave/Oderus. Without a doubt, he was our all-time most vile, offensive, and nauseating interview, and we are very proud to have shared time with him.

Our hearts go out to the Dave’s entire GWAR family.

- Moe Train and King B

GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanagan, released the following statement:

“It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

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Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) & The Illegals

September 19, 2013 by  
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We sat backstage with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) and his band and ran the gamut from Pantera and their influence on the music scene to various aspects of his new solo album, Walk Through Exit Doors, his upcoming horror festival, next year’s autobiography, and a hard hitting discussion of DOMINATION as a way of life.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Interview on Moe Train’s Tracks

Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

 

Moe Train’s Tracks: Welcome back to Philly. So, I saw on one of your promo videos you said, ‘Philly, we got a lot of history!’ What’s up with that?

Phil Anselmo: Been playing Philadelphia since 1990. Now that’s what I call history, Jack.

Speaking about 1990, I was thinking about how “Philip H. Anselmo” seems kinda weird to me. I’m so used to calling you Phil for all these years that I feel like I know you.

I still go by Phil.

I was thinking about back (to the early 90s) when my friend Franco called me up one night and he was like ‘Moe, I got this great tape (for you to check out)!’ It was Cowboys From Hell. And that moment really changed the way I listened to music. But then again, thinking back, I was also listening to Stryper! [laughter]

[no laughter]

From the time Pantera rose to fame, from wearing spandex to selling out tours across the world, when did you really figure out that Pantera had such a profound influence on the music scene?

Hmm, I not so sure. I think I was so close and involved in my own career and the Pantera-thing that I wasn’t absolutely aware of what was going on with anybody else; outside of certain metal bands and hardcore bands that I did follow. I know that our sound got aped kinda early by certain bands..

How’d that feel?

At first it was like, [grumbling] ‘Wow’. But you know, knowing all the shit that I know now, I had my influences. Just like Dimebag and everybody, the whole Pantera group. Just like this band (The Illegals). We’ve all grown up with all our own influences. So we see it as that you’ve got to take it as a compliment. And if you see it in any other way then there’s other ways of expressing it; whether it be displeasure or being actually bored with it. It’s been going on for a long time now. So at this point I say, ‘Go for it young sons and musicians out there. Do what the fuck you gotta do.’

Well you’re always a champion for the underground…

Always.

Which is awesome, man. The whole scene gives props to you for that. Now, going away from Pantera… You have the opportunity to make the profound impact on your own with your first solo album. When I first listened to the album I made a concerted effort not to make judgment on what the music was; not to pigeonhole it. I know so many music-media people get into, ‘uh, it sounds like Slayer, or…’

They have to. That’s their way of equating anything.

They have to; but I don’t think they should. I honestly think it’s a kind of insult. You’ve got your own music. You’re not being someone else, you’re being yourself.

Yeah. We don’t sound like anybody else.

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So, how did it feel to finally have total control over the entire process? Because I know you’re doing everything front to back; you’re doing your own effects… How’d it feel to have such control of everything?

Control? Well, you gotta think back. I’ve always written riffs for every band I’ve been in. And certain bands I’ve written the whole fucking song. So with this band, when I first started writing stuff, I realized that Marzi (Montazeri) was going to be my guitar player so I wanted to write to his strengths. So with all that said, I had my hand in writing all the songs, but I couldn’t do it without these guys… because he’s got a lot of trademark elements and a lot of sonic things that he does that I think are very, very different than your average heavy metal player; what ever that is. I don’t know anymore, there’s so many different sub-sub-genres anymore and there are so many great and talented players out there. But I think he’s very unique. I think that Blue (Gonzalez) with his drumming…

[To Blue] You guys started to work together when you were really young, right?

[Phil] He’s still really young. Look at him!

How old are you, twenty-two?

Blue: I just turned twenty-three July 28th.

23? Young buck, man.

Phil: Young Blood.

That’s good though.

Phil: You need it on the skins!

Blue: I met Philip when I was 18 when we signed to Housecore Records. Maybe a year and a half after that or two years down the line was when he really needed a drummer and it was suggested that I do it by Bruce Corbitt. Pretty much from there, he started pushing me further as a drummer and as a player. And hopefully we keep going, man. This tour is going great. And now (the goal) is to do more, to expand, to grow as a band. It’s pretty fucking badass. I’m absolutely honored to be here and be a part of it.

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So, you were talking about sonically, there’s a lot of intricacies with the album. I don’t know if a lot of people pick up on certain things, if they just listen to it one and [snaps fingers] that’s their quick judgment. But you really went deep into it. I’ve listened to it on headphones, and I have real good headphones, and I was like, ‘damn, this very layered’. How much of a concerted effort to you put into it to really make sure that it was layered and not a one dimensional kind of album?

Phil: First and foremost, you have to understand even basic songwriting. That’s one of my strong points, always has been, organizing the song; no matter what band I’ve been with. Once you understand basic songwriting, then you can fuck up songwriting. Really, in my opinion, there’s no wrong way to right music or to make or create music. But all and all, I’m big, big advocate of hooks and catchy lyrics, so to speak, and whatnot. So I wanted, coming from a more hardcore attitude, Discharge, or Agnostic Front, I wanted those big hooks. I wanted the memorable lines in the songs. Over the top of this frantic riffing and whatnot. And I think we got that; as far as anything that’s on the record. That is something that grows on you with every listen. The more you listen the more you pick up.

Each listen you pick up on something different. That is very purposeful. Everything that’s on that record was there without freestyle and without fucking improvisation. It was very, very purposeful. So keep an open mind. If there’s listeners out there, watchers out there, anyone picking up on this: The more you listen to it, the more you are going to realize that there are really, really structured songs. There’s even vocal melodies; I’m not just screaming. There’s subtle what I call ‘anti-singing’ vocal melodies and even vocal harmonies. When you get down to layering and things like that, people like to use that word but it isn’t really layering. I think that a lot of that has to do with (gesturing to Marzi) his style of playing and what he brings to the table. And I shouldn’t even really be talking about it, it really should be him, so here… Marzoo! [handing mic to Marzi] Open up their eyes a little bit to the guitar world.

Please do.

Marzi: Well, in the guitar realm of it, it’s backing up Philip’s whole perspective of the album, his vision of it. It’s songwriting like he said but it’s completely different than the norm. So we helped Philip re-write the book, man. We helped him; but it’s his vision. It’s his sound and the way he structured the songs. All I came in to do was basically translate what he was hearing (in his head). He’d tell me and we’d sit there and we’d play; until you know what feels right.

Phil: Yeah but the freedom was always there for your guitar leads and all that stuff. The sonic scraping and stuff..

Marzi: Absolutely. He opened the door for me to do it.

Stephen Taylor (bassist): The way he uses his effects, he is able to create huge layers just on one track. Just one amp. So a lot of what you are hearing, you’ll probably hear live in a set. The music guitar can sound big.

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Well that’s what I was noticing when I was listening to it on different things… Through speakers or on the headphones. On the headphones, it really stuck out to me. I’ve listened to the album a good ten times and I was just picking up one thing after another. It’s kind of like watching a movie, you know, how you see different nuances in a movie… It’s the same kind of thing with the music. That’s what I think is kind of erasing genre lines a bit. I’m not pigeonholing or anything, but it sort of erases it because it’s all over the place.

Marzi: This thing followed absolutely no formula. It created itself. It morphed itself to its own thing. And we watched it develop into what is was. It was beautiful. Phil would call me and read me the lyrics to ‘Music Media’ and I’d be on the other end just freaking out. This is after we did the music. So it just kept on flowering. But it did what is was supposed to do. He definitely oversaw it and I’m very pleased with it, man.

You should be happy… It came out great. I know you have a lot of people asking you about ‘Music Media Is My Whore’. I’m not asking about it, because I know that you probably get it every single interview; but it doesn’t really have anything to do with music media…

Phil: It doesn’t at all. That’s part of the absurd sense of humor…

I think you have a sense of humor that doesn’t get picked up all the time.

Phil: Nah. Not at all. (sarcastically)

Marzi: It’s there.

Blue: This is one of the funniest dudes you’ll ever meet in your life. He’s hilarious.

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I’ve seen videos.

Phil: Yeah, but to live it 24-7 is kinda ridiculous after a while. If anyone takes offense out there that is part of the music media then (singing) you must feel guilty about something you wrote somewhere along the fucking line!

Exactly. They need to take their balls out of their purses and just man up and get over themselves.

Phil: Agreed.

It’s pretty ridiculous.

Marzi: You have to look way past the title of the song.

Phil: That was just a jab at those motherfuckers. As journalists, you can write objective pieces, real pieces, or opinionated pieces. So if it stings you then maybe you should’ve worn a different shirt the day you fucking wrote something about The Kid. And I’ll tell you, you’re correct, the lyrics once again have absolutely fucking nothing to do with fucking media at all and really it’s more of a [sic] procalation, PROCLAMATION… See. It’s been a hard, long couple of days. Wow! It’s a proclamation!

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So, we’ve (Moe Train’s Tracks) been around for 8 years and we’ve pretty much used ‘Domination’ as our motto; or our proclamation I would say. I’m not speaking about Domination the song, I’m speaking about Domination as a way of life. We say, “Excelsior doesn’t fucking lose!” It’s one of those things where your aim is straight forward. How has Domination played a factor in your life? And does the tattoo on your head, “Strength”, does that remind you of it every day?

Phil: Hmm. Well, it takes a lot of strength to get up every day out of this creaky fucking carcass and fucking get the job done. No matter what it is, no matter how small or how tremendous, I think that right now at this point in all of our careers, especially us [clears his throat] older guys, when the motherfucking door opens you step through that motherfucker and you seize it; and you do it. If you sign up for it then you fucking finish the job! This is something that we’ve been talking about doing, Marzi and I, for twenty fucking years almost. And finally that particular door got picked and kicked down. And now we’re in Philadelphia sitting here talking about this record that was three years in the making. So that right there in itself shows perseverance, first and foremost, and extreme focus.

You know, I could have turned into an overweight goddamn drug addict and went down the toilet many, many fucking years ago, Jack. But, number one, that ain’t how the story is supposed to end. And, number two, it wasn’t gonna happen anyway. So these days when I see that little window of opportunity, either I’m going to really think about it before I jump through the motherfucker, or I’m just gonna kick through it. And once I kick through it, and I’m surrounded by the right guys, I got the right team all the way down to the road crew, the fucking management, to everybody, and that’s a gigantic support group of talented motherfuckers, there’s no place to go really but up; or at least almost vertically. We can’t be horizontal for too long.

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So, what’s the definition of Domination for you?

Taking hold of every fucking goddamn hour that you are wide awake. And we you’re asleep, you better be dreaming about the goddamn future and how to fucking do it right.

I’ll tell you what, you’re very clear and on-point right now. You’re what 8 years clean now?

10.

10? Congratulations, brother.

Thank you, brother.

These days you’re prolific. You’re producing all kinds of shit. You’re working on your film festival. How’s that going?

It’s always a work in progress but I think we got all the bands sorted. An awesome, awesome gaggle of bands. A very versatile bunch of bands. I couldn’t be happier there. Even though, believe me, there’s so many bands that I wanted, but, you know, you just gotta work around everybody’s schedule. But, either way, this year’s bands are great.

The films that we got, the older classics and whatnot, are fucking fantastic. And the special guests are fucking great, man. Jim Van Bebber, from here in the States, from the Manson family fame. Jörg Buttgereit from Germany from Nekromantik fame. He’ll be showing a lot of his stuff on 35mm. And then the GREAT Coffin Joe from Brazil is coming down. He’s gonna show some of his stuff as well as display some art that I even myself have not seen. So all that’s exciting, it’s amazing. But it is a film festival first and foremost. And these guys have been around me obviously a whole lot the last few years. Over the last ten months, I’ve received a lot of submissions from what I would call ‘lesser known directors’, because they’re not amateurs, they’re just fucking lesser known. And I get to pick through them and pick the ‘Best Of’. We got some awesome fucking submissions. And for a guy like myself who has zero aspirations to be a director, or a fucking actor, a guy who just loves to watch horror films from any decade you can point at, that’s very encouraging for me. It shows there are folks out there who really give a fuck about the genre itself and don’t want to do paint-by-numbers, teenagers-in-the-woods fucking movies, all that bullshit. Or even a remake; that shit’s boring. Do your own fucking thing goddammit!

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Like Rob Zombie remaking films…

Nah, Rob’s done a really good job. I love Rob very, very much; he’s a good friend. When you’re starting out a career like he did from music to film and you get the opportunity to do a remake of Halloween, I think that’s a special thing.

So you wouldn’t jump at that if you had the opportunity?

Uh, if I wanted to be a director but I don’t. But I think I can see the logic behind it; so I’m not picking really at him. It’s the Black Christmas’. It’s the Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’s. Etc, etc. There’s some really SHITTY movies out there. And we I say “found-footage” movies, The Blair Witch Project, it’s a pile of shit, it’s terrible, it’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And really they’re ripping off a movie that I’m showing that’s a whole lot older, a whole lot better, by light-years a better film, called Cannibal Holocaust. To me that’s the fucking greatest found-footage fuckin’ extreme film/art that’s out there, that’s ever (been) made.

Either way, I’m looking forward to the Horrorfest and to really turning on the paying customer, the people that actually come to this fucking event. I can’t wait for them to see these fucking films, man. (Especially) from the lesser known directors. Because, I think that most people would agree, that horror films and heavy metal music kinda somehow go hand and hand together. There’s a lot of people that love both. I don’t know how else to describe that particular phenomenon, but it just happens to be the case. So for me to show people these films, it’s like turning on a group of friends to a new record that you’re into or this new band that you fucking love. It kinda goes hand to hand in that aspect. I can’t wait for people to see these fuckin’ films.

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Talking about music, you guys have a couple of songs coming out during the Fest’, right? Were they written specifically for the Fest’ or were they songs that came out that you were like, ‘That would go well with…’

When we… didn’t mean to interrupt you but…

No worries.

When we sat down to write, we went through many different songs and probably came out of the sessions with 16-17 things. Some things are still a work in progress, some things are this, that, and the other, you know… Walk Through Exits Only felt cohesive. Those eight songs felt very, very cohesive with each other. The two songs that we did with Warbeast on the War of the Gargantuas split, those two songs felt cohesive with each other. These two new songs that are coming out in October are way different, WAY DIFFERENT, than anything that anybody’s heard yet from myself and the solo band. I think they go together very well. I’m still struggling a bit with actual song titles but they’re recorded, they’re ready to go; except we need to mix the fuckers which is always [groans] a chore. It’s just finding time to do all that; but we will find time to do it. Mixing, mastering; done. Two new fucking expressions of extremities from me and the boys. So, I’m looking forward to that.

Do you feel like you’re spreading yourself thin?

Yes. But at this point in my life, if I have to I have to.

Dominate.

You got to! Once that opportunity of window is wide open, or smashed open, and you’re flung through it askew, if the work is there and it’s meant for you,you better fucking do it ’cause there ain’t nobody else that’s gonna do it for you.

Actually, you have your autobiography coming out next year, right?

Yes I do.

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How in the hell are you getting that shit done with all the other stuff, man?!?

A lot of sleepless nights Skype-ing and fucking homework, Jack. And soul-searching, and all that shit that comes with it.

Listen guys, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude. 23 years I’ve been listening to you guys. Incredible. Honestly, I was extremely excited. All of our fans were extremely excited for us to come talk to you guys. Phil… Personally, for me it’s an honor.

Thank you, brother.

Absolutely.

But remember that it goes both ways. Without motherfuckers like you, assholes like me would be fucking zero. And to any fans out there, it’s up to the fucking people what they like and what they dislike. I think Marzi said it best the other day: “I’m not a religious man,” I’m taking the words out of his mouth but really it holds true for myself, “I’m not a religious man but I do feel blessed.” I do feel blessed with this life and the opportunities that have been laid in front of me; and for the common sense, or whatever it is, that has got me to this point. Talent, common sense, mistakes, and learning from those fucking mistakes. And picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and saying ‘Let’s get back on the horse, Jack!’ And I don’t mean heroin! (laughs)… No more!

(Laughs) Good for you! Guys, thank you very much.

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MTT NEWS: Pantera and Down’s PHILIP ANSELMO To Be Interviewed On Moe Train’s Tracks!

August 1, 2013 by  
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Huge interview announcement!

Philip Anselmo, the legendary vocalist from Pantera will be doing a TWENTY minute interview in Philadelphia with MTT while on his solo tour! Phil is undoubtedly one of music’s premier vocalists of all times. Pantera’s influence on the metal music scene is remarkable. The majority of today’s metal bands grew listening and shredding with Pantera (as did I). This interview is destined to be one of our top all-time interviews.

Our upcoming interview with Phil Anselmo (singer for PANTERA) has me blown away. I know that we’ve done plenty of in-person interviews with legendary artists, but each confirmation e-mail still hits me like the first time (Ziggy Marley, Clutch and Bobby Weir).

Phil was vocals for one of the most legendary metal bands of all time, and now he’ll be added to the MTT interview roster. A proud day for sure.

Here’s our interview roster so far, and the list will keep getting longer and longer!

Thanks to all for supporting Tracks and Team Excelsior since 2007.

- Moe

Chuck D (Public Enemy)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Ziggy Marley
Aston “Family Man” Barrett (The Wailers)
Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead/Ratdog)
Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead)
Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
GWAR
King Sunny Ade
O.A.R.
MGMT
Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals)
Steel Pulse
Slightly Stoopid
The Hold Steady
Bullet For My Valentine
Ben Harper
Kyle Gass (Tenacious D/TV Personality)
Girl Talk
Pretty Lights
The Knux
Portugal. The Man
Elan Attias
Dragonforce
G. Love
Flogging Molly
The Number Twelve Looks Like You
All That Remains
Walls of Jericho
As I Lay Dying
Jeremy Stein (Rothbury Festival Founder)
Backdoor Slam
Dillinger Escape Plan
Mute Math
The Decemberists
Ghostland Observatory
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Beatle Bob
High On Fire
Infected Mushroom
Clutch
Minus The Bear
Ozomatli

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Dillinger Escape Plan

February 4, 2010 by  
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The Tracks and Greg from Dillinger speak about camaraderie, DIY or Die and more at Bonnaroo.

DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN INTERVIEW WITH MOE TRAIN’S TRACKS

Greg Puciato, Monty Wiradilaga, Brian Kracyla

Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo 2009

 

You never know what’s going to happen during a Moe Train’s Tracks interview, as Greg Puciato, frontman of Dillinger Escape Plan, has his own interview with a dazed and confused girl, we speak about the camaraderie of the scene, how “DIY or Die” fuels his band, their new lineup, and next year’s upcoming album.  Enjoy.

M:  What’s going on man?

G:  Nothing, just hanging out, just walking around checking some stuff out.

Random girl:  (to Greg) Can you point me in the direction of the Rendezvous Tent?

G:  Umm. (Laughter)  What is your name?

RG:  I’m Caroline.

G:  Caroline, I’m Greg from the Dillinger Escape Plan, and we are doing an interview right now.

C:  Okay.

G:  Um, and I have no idea where I am right now either.

C:  I’m supposed to have a rendezvous at the Rendezvous Tent.

G:  That what you do at the Rendezvous Tent, right, but you don’t know how to get there, which poses a problem.  I don’t know either.  (to random passerby)  Do you know how to get to the Rendezvous Tent?

RP:  I don’t know how to get there.

G:  What good is trying to rendezvous with someone if you can’t get to the Rendezvous Tent?!  (all laughing)  Caroline, good luck trying to get there.

C:  Thank you.

G:  Wow!  How many drugs did that girl take?

M:  Welcome to Bonnaroo.

G:  Seriously, that was amazing.  She was higher than a kite.

M:  (Laughter) I think that’s the general consensus with most people here right now.

G:  Most people I look at here, if they don’t have sunglasses on, you can just look in their eye and be like, “You’re on some other thing right now in some other place.”

M:  Exactly.  Earlier today, when you guys came on, it was like, “Wake the fuck up Bonnaroo!”

G:  Dude, I can’t believe how siked people were.  I thought for sure, in general at this fest’ because it has a reputation for being more of a hippy peace-love type of thing, that as soon as we come out and start screaming at people and doing cool shit, people are going to turn around and just walk the other way, but people were siked, at one in the afternoon on the last day!  It was honestly, we were talking about it after the show, the best big show that we’ve ever played in the United States.

M:  Really?

G:  Yeah.  We felt like we played well.  People seemed stoked on us.

M:  Yeah, the reception was definitely great.

G:  This type of vibe, it just doesn’t exist that often in the U.S., this type of festival vibe.  It felt very European.  In the United States, when you think of a festival, you think of Ozzfest or Warped Tour, and it’s like the same thing all day long.  But this is cool because yesterday was Nine Inch Nails and today, if you wanted to, you can see the Dillinger Escape Plan and then Erika Badu.

M:  She’s still on right now.

G:  I really wanted to see her…

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M:  I’ll cut it short then.

G:  It’s okay.  It’s cool because it seems like, for a very long time here, people have been very into the mind-set of like, “I’m only listen to metal” or “I only listen to hip-hop”.  Now, it’s cool to see so many people turn out for such an eclectic thing.

M:  Exactly.  It’s just always weird to see the different  the different scenes clashing.

G:  No, it’s cool, it’s very cool.

M:  In watching your set it became evident how camaraderie really works its way into your music.  You don’t see often where you can throw your mic into the crowd, let them sing, and when you call for it, they throw it right back to you.

G:  I think something about our music, we’ve been around for ten years, I think there’s some aspect to it, besides the obvious insane energy and aggression of it, there’s a vibe of everyone knowing that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to listen to and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get.   For as many people who are siked on it there’s a lot of people that just probably hate it.  I think that makes the people that are into to it have this really us-against-the-world type of vibe.  We’ve always tried to be really hands-on with our fans and really communicative and never to-cool-for-school and always talk to them and do cool stuff with them.  If they right to us online we try to write back to every person.  I think, over the years, it’s created now a point where we have this really cool synchronous type vibe with our fans.  It’s neat man, it’s really nice.

M:  It’s also basically crossed the line from camaraderie to trust.

G:  Yeah, that kid could have stole the mic and ran away with it, but he threw it back.  That’s the other thing, I think when you have confidence and you give someone some responsibility and your cool to them, they feel obligated to be cool back.  If that kid had tried to run away with the mic I probably would have jumped on him and killed him.  But it feels good and it’s interesting, I have a lot of people say that our shows, even though they are so aggressive and so violent, it feels like the overall vibe is still positive in a way.  So, yeah, that’s really cool.

M:  Absolutely.  Also, not just that, but you doing stage diving and your guitarist stage diving with his guitar!  Now that’s trust.

G:  Yeah.  To me, we just try to take the vibe of playing in a basement to twenty people where we came from and try to get that to translate to bigger places and the only way to do that is to be as hands-on and as physically in people’s faces as possible and force them to wake up a little bit.  It sad to see so many people have such a rock star complex that the only time that they engage their fans is if they do some kind of scheduled meet-and-greet or a signing or something.  You know, hang out for a little bit and shake some people’s hands or jump into the crowd or do something.  I do know man, you (the rock star) are no better than anyone else. This is going to be over for us one day and who knows what we’re going to be doing.  So to try to act like you’re cooler than school is silly.

M:  Hippies versus hardcore kids…

G:  It’s two sides to the same coin because the whole hippy vibe and the punk rock thing, which is what hardcore came out of, are both very socially aware movements.  The

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re both very communal, we’re all in this together versus some type of exterior force type of vibe, and one just took a much more aggressive approach than the other.  It’s kinda like one is Malcolm X and one is Martin Luther King Jr.  They want the same thing but one is like, “I’m gonna smoke you out” and the other is like, “I’m gonna kick you in the fucking face!”  But we want the same thing, so I think that’s why it translates.  It’s not like we’re just knuckleheads trying to incite the crowd to beat each other up.  I’d like to think it’s more intelligent than that.

M:  What do you think about the term “DIY or die” and how’s that relate to your band?

G:  Well, for us, that’s pretty much exactly how we try to do everything.  We don’t have a manager, we self-manage ourselves.  We are very hands-on, there’s no merch’, there’s no poster, there’s nothing about our band visually, sonically, how we are represented in press, anything, that we are not the seed of and have the final say in.  As much as it drives us nuts and we spend every waking moment of our lives working on this, I know that there is absolutely nothing out representing us that we didn’t see from its inception to its finality.  I think that it’s another thing that our fans appreciate.  If they get a t-shirt from us, they aren’t getting it from some graphic designer that works for the record company that we were just like, “Yeah, whatever, that sounds cool, how big is the check we’re gonna get?”  That thing has to look like something that I would wear, that means something to me, that’s looks cool.  I think, especially in the climate now where the record industry is just collapsing completely, that the people that can do the most DIY are the only ones that are going to stay afloat.

M:  That’s basically how the trend in music is going these days.

G:  It has to be.  It has to go back to that.  If you’re forced to be in a position financially to cut back every bit of slack you possibly can and to try to do as much by yourself as you possibly can, it’s gonna weed everybody out.  The only people that are going to stay alive are the people who really give a shit and the people who care enough to put in the time to do everything themselves.  The days of being a kid, and thinking that your rock star fantasy is going to come true and someone else is going to wipe your ass for you and do everything for you and you’re just gonna get a check at the end of the day, are completely over.

M:  Hit the road and promote yourself.

G:  Yeah man, go out and do the shows.  Don’t suck live.  Don’t write shitty music.  Put out cool shit and you’ll last.

M:  So what’s your favorite lyric, the one that means the most to you?

G:  You know what, it’s probably a lyric that’s going to be on our upcoming record because, for me, lyrics are snap-shots of where you were in your life, and you don’t want to be there forever.  So when we sing songs from our past records it’s like looking at a picture of myself in an auditory way.  I’ll be singing a song, and I’ll remember writing that song, I was twenty-three, I was in my basement, this is exactly what I was talking about.  I might not relate to it now.  Hopefully, you’re in a different place, especially when you’re yelling and screaming and pissed, you know.  You shouldn’t still be pissed six years later at the same thing.  The trick is to find a kernel of that memory and hone in on it, you can still mean what you saying and you’re not just spitting out consonants and vowels.  That’s for someone else to decide.  I know that’s a shitty answer, but I don’t have a favorite one of my lyrics.  I know they’re all pretty piss-poor, to be honest with you.  (laughter)  If you want to listen to lyrics, you should probably listen to Dylan or something.

M:  So when’s the new album coming out?

G:  February or January of 2010, which sounds like a long time but it’s realistically like 6 months away.  We do three more weeks of touring and then we go home and start recording in late July, early August.  January, February at the latest, we’ll get it out, and we’re siked man.

M:  What can we look forward to in the new album?

G:  Well, we got a new drummer, and that’s the biggest difference.  Our new drummer is just on fire!  He’s twenty-four and honestly the best drummer I’ve ever played with.  He wants to crush everyone.  He’s got this fire in him that he needs to prove to the world he’s the shit.  That’s kinda cool because he’s pushing us, and we’re really hard on ourselves so to be pushed by someone who is brand new is a really good feeling.  I can honestly say, after being in this band for a decade, that the stuff we’re writing now is the most inspired stuff we’ve ever written.  It’s hard to know whether you’re still going to be able to do stuff without becoming a caricature or parody of yourself.  The fact that we can still have something to say, ten years into it, with essentially the same style music, to me is nice, the fact that people still give a shit.  I think everyone will like it.  Anyone that likes us should be pleased with the new record.

M:  Awesome.  We look forward to it.  Thanks a lot for being with us.

G:  Definitely dude.

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta To Appear On The Season Premiere Of VH1’s That Metal Show On June 1st

May 31, 2013 by  
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Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta will be making an appearance on the season premiere of VH1’s That Metal Show on June 1st alongside Jason Newsted and other special guests. The show starts at 11:00PM EST/8:00PM PST on VH1 Classic.

Hatebreed recently released their official video for “Honor Never Dies,” -VEVO – WATCH HERE (http://youtu.be/Ur2hNZLynhQ). This is the second video from the band’s new album, The Divinity of Purpose (Razor & Tie).

Hatebreed are currently on tour in Europe until the end of August (tour dates below).

Hatebreed are currently featured as the Outburn cover story (on stands now through August 1st) and were previously featured on the covers of Revolver and Hails & Horns Magazines alongside a slew of other International magazines like Terrorizer, Rock Tribune, Rock Zone and many more.

Hatebreed is Jamey Jasta (vocals), Chris Beattie (Bass), Wayne Lozinak (Guitar), Frank Novinec (Guitar) and Matthew Byrne (Drums).
Hatebreed Tour Dates
The Divinity of Purpose UK/European 2013 Tour
May 31 – Essen, Germany – Westsatandthalle
June 1 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Fortarock*
June 2 – Colmar, France – Grillen
June 3 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
June 4 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
June 5 – Biarritz, France – Atabal
June 6 – St. Malo, France – Nouvelle Vague
June 7 – Montendre, France – Free Fest*
June 8 – Vaureal, France – Le Forum
June 9 – Tampere, Finland – Sauna Open Air*
June 22 – Jaworzno, Poland – Metalfest*
June 23 – Wien, Austria – Arena
June 25 – Basel, Switzerland – Sommercasino*
June 26 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
June 27 – Roitzschjora, Germany – With Full Force Festival*
July 5 – Sulingen, Germany – Reload Festival*
July 6 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival*
July 18 – Tonsberg, Norway – Slottsfjell Festival*
July 19 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival*
August 3 – Albi, France – Xtreme Fest*
August 4 – Kent, UK – Hevy Music Festival*
August 5 – Newcastle, UK – 02 Academy 2 Newcastle
August 6 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
August 9 – Gavle, Sweden – Getaway Rock Festival*
August 10 – Prague, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival*
August 11 – Prague, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Afterparty
August 12 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park Open Air*
August 14 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
August 15 – Villena, Alicante, Spain – AupaLumbreiras Festival*
August 17 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze*

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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Arrested For Murder-For-Hire Plot

May 7, 2013 by  
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As I Lay Dying’s frontman Tim Lambesis has been arrested on accusations that he had sought the assistance to have his estranged wife murdered, according to San Diego Police.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said that Lambesis was taken into custody in Oceanside, California after soliciting help with murder from an undercover detective. Caldwell said that “the information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy.”

Lambesis is expected to appear in court for an arraignment on Wednesday or Thursday.

Ed. note: MTT sat down with Lambesis for an interview at last year’s Mayhem Fest. Besides being a gigantic and intense guy, he seemed very nice.

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RIP JEFF HANNEMAN FROM SLAYER

May 2, 2013 by  
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The Metal Gods above are receiving a gift today in the form of Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of Slayer.

Jeff passed away due to liver failure around 11am at a hospital near his house. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy, and his brothers Michael and Larry.

Rest in peace, brother.

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