Dillinger Escape Plan: When I Lost My Bet (New Music Video)

April 24th, 2013 by
The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan new album One Of Us Is The Killer

The Dillinger Escape Plan the insane mathcore outfit we all know and love/hate have just released their new video for “When I Lost My Bet“, which can be seen below. “When I Lost My Bet” is from Dillinger’s fifth full-length album, entitled “One Of Us Is The Killer“, due to be released on the 14th of May 2013 through Dillinger‘s own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with the North American leg of Sumerian Records.

The album “One Of Us Is The Killer” was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, Suicide Silence), with additional production being done at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman‘s studio. The albums Mastering will is to be taken care of by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails).

One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman and vocalist Greg Puciato spoke to AOL’s Noisecreep about the bands time in the studio and the recording process for new album: “Dillinger [Escape Plan] is a different beast in tracking than most normal bands. Even Steve has told me that there’s no other band that he has recorded that requires this amount of attention to detail. We take a longer amount of time to do one thing than most bands take to do ten. At this point, talking to Ben about it, we only do this once every three years on average so ten years from now I don’t want to look back and think, ‘Fuck man, we should have finished that one three weeks earlier!’ Who cares? You want it to be right and you want it to be the thing that was the closest to what your vision actually was.”

Greg Puciato continued regarding the direction of the new Dillinger Escape Plan material: “I can hear [the influence of old punk and hardcore records] a lot. I can definitely hear that in some of the riffs, which are really aggressive. It’s not a blatant hardcore record or anything like that. I actually think this is the most all over the place and weirdest record we’ve ever written. It’s the first one since I joined the band where Ben has sent me songs and I’ve been like, ‘What the fuck is happening? This sounds like a beehive!'”

The new record from Dillinger Escape plan is bound to be insane no matter which way you look at it, good or bad. Whether you appreciate the complex musical structures and in your face carnage, or it just sounds like a wall of noise. “One Of Us Is The Killer” is bound to get some kind of reaction from the general music loving public at large. What are your thoughts on the new Dillinger Escape Plan album, are you excited, do you not even care? What do you think of their new video? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Fear Factory’s Frontman Burton C. Bell Sings Metallica’s Enter Sandman

April 20th, 2013 by
Fear Factory

Fear Factory

Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell has been caught on video singing Metallica‘s classic hit “Enter Sandman“. Filmed at the “Rock-A-Holic” live rock and metal karaoke night on the 11th of April, at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood, California. The video can be seen below.

Burton C. Bell has recorded a cover version “Enter Sandman” back in 2001 for “Metallic Assault – A Tribute To Metallica” a Metallica Tribute album released by the record label Big Eye Music. On stage with Bell were John Christ (Guitar), Robert Trujillo (Bass) and Tommy Aldridge (Drums).

As I’m sure all of you are fully aware “Enter Sandman” was the lead single from Metallica’s celebrated 1991 record; fan dubbed The Black Album.

Fear Factory are set to perform their 1995 sophomore album, “Demanufacture”, in its entirety aboard 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2014. The world’s biggest heavy metal cruise, due to set sail between the 27th and 31st of January.

Burton C. Bell

Burton C. Bell

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Starting A Rock Band: 4 Tips To Help You Start A Band

April 19th, 2013 by
Ex Soul Sanctuary Guitarist Ben Taylor

Putting together a band

How Do You Start A Rock Band?

You have talent for music, you love playing, and now you want to take that extra step and create a band but don’t know where to start. Many musicians starting out don’t know where to begin on their journey towards musical success. Some musicians want to be a part of a band whereas some want to play solo; however both involve a different style of music.

Putting together a band can be difficult; especially if you don’t know many people that want to be a part of one, however doing so isn’t impossible. Whether you are looking to just start a garage band or even take it a step further and start to perform at venues, consider some of the tips below.

Friends and Family

There may be a family member or friend that enjoys playing a specific instrument and wants to find band mates to play with. If you haven’t already asked the people you know whether they are willing to put together a band and play together, then do so! Consider asking your friends if they know of anyone that is willing to join in.

Social Media

Social media doesn’t just give you the ability to connect with people you know, but also people you don’t know. Websites such as Twitter give you the ability to include hashtags in your tweets so others who search that keyword can see your tweet. Soundcloud is another great way to connect with other musicians.

Make sure you post on your personal social media accounts stating you are on the lookout and want to start a band. Be sure to stay consistent on these sites.

Networking

Find events you can go to where you are able to connect and network with others that are interested in music. Don’t be shy to approach someone. In fact, taking a friend or two with you can be extremely beneficial as to who you can potentially meet.

Of course, it isn’t usual to find a band mate overnight, so give it some time to get to know the people you meet. Check out their interests and get to know their take on music and this will help you decide if they qualify as a potential band member.

Practice, Practice and Practice

Once you have found your band mates, make sure you practice, practice, and practice. Even if you set up a band just for pleasurable garage play, the better you all play together the more enjoyable your sessions will be.

 Remember that everything takes time, and putting together a band for a pleasure to the ears session or even potentially playing at venues is not easy.

About The Author:

Robert is a professional musician and songwriter. He has written his own guitar tutorial that is easy for children to learn. In his spare he enjoys hiking, enjoying the outdoors and going to jazz clubs.

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Fuel Your Passion For Music With A Career In Music

April 18th, 2013 by
Soul Sanctuary Live in London

Fuel your passion for music

Be one of the lucky few who enjoy what they do and who get paid for it too

People who get to do what they love and still get paid for it are truly lucky. They no longer call it ‘work’ as they get to enjoy what they do every day. Case in point: musicians who were discovered, were signed to record labels and who tour around the world playing their music in front of their fans. They have the best jobs.

If you’re a music enthusiast and want to be one of the fortunate people who have a career in music, you’re in luck. There are many jobs you can get that are related to music. Even if you don’t get signed to a label and sell 1 million copies of your album, you can still go to the office enjoying a job that’s related to music.

To be highly successful in these jobs you’ll need to have at least one of these: mad skills in playing an instrument, ability to identify good music aesthetics, knowledge in music history, and of course great love for music.

Recording Artist/ Live Performer

Almost all music lovers dream of recording their own songs, playing them live in front of an audience, and gaining recognition and awards. Of course, not every musician can be a multiplatinum award winner. Still nowadays, it has been easier to produce your own music and be a DIY Musician. You can record your own tracks digitally and then sell them online. You can even record your own music video then post it on the Internet. If you’re really good, people will pick up on it and you’ll get the recognition you deserve.

If you don’t want to record your own songs and just want to play music, you can also be a studio or session musician. Lots of artists need other musicians to play with them in their recordings and play with them during gigs.

Composer/Arranger

You can work behind the scenes and be the person responsible for writing good songs for an established artist or an up-and-coming star. Lady Gaga, before recording her own album and being insanely famous, wrote songs for Britney Spears, Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls. You can also be a composer or an arranger.

Producer/ Record Engineer

Own a recording studio and be a music producer. You can help new artists make a name. If owning a studio is still beyond your means, you can also work in a recording studio as a record engineer and help artists in their recording.

Film, TV or Video Game Composer

Film, TV or video game scoring is a lucrative career you can get yourself into. There are a number of productions in need of musicians to score their work. An example of an artist who made it big in this type of music career is Trent Reznor, founding member of the industrial metal rock band Nine Inch Nails (NIN). His scoring in the movie “The Social Network” in 2011 had won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Original Score. In 2013, he also won a Grammy Award for his scoring on the movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Shop Owner

Open your own music store and sell in-demand and high quality music instruments like acoustic guitars, electric guitars, amps and electronic drums. If you don’t have enough resources to open up an actual shop, you can own an online music store instead and just set up a virtual store over the Internet. Another alternative is to be a music store sales assistant.

Teacher/Coach

You can teach music to budding young musicians and interested adults and be a music coach. You’ll need to have the musical skills and knowledge to impart to your students and the patience to teach music. There are a lot of talented musicians that have taken the time to teach music like Australia bass legend Victor Rounds and Andrew Gillespie, founding member of Aussie progressive rock band “Floating Me.” Rounds and Gillespie are currently a bass coach and vocal couch at BigMusic in Australia.

If you have the resources you can even open your own musical school in Sydney and hire exceptional musicians to be the music coach.

Music Writer/Photographer

What better way to be in the music scene than to be a music journalist or photographer. You attend different music events, get a backstage pass, and even interview artists. You’ll need to have a knack in writing, have a good understanding of the music industry, and appreciate good music.

These are just few of the many careers you can get into to fuel your passion in music. The key is to not give up on your dream. If you really want to be a multiplatinum award-winning artist, it’s not too late to pick up a guitar and enrol in a music class. If you’re happy just being around music, you can choose any of these jobs and enjoy going to work every day and be paid doing what you love.

About The author:

Debra Wright blogs about a plethora of topics including electronic drums and other fields.  Debra considers Big Music as one of the leaders in Music Stores.

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What Things Are You Certain To See At A Music Festival?

April 15th, 2013 by
Crowd at a music festival

What can you expect at a Music Festival?

For music lovers, there is nothing better during the summer months than heading to a daylong or weekend festival to see some of the biggest acts in the world.  While each festival is different, there are a number of similarities that they all share, things that you are guaranteed to see at each one that will give you memories for years to come, be they good or bad.

What are they?

Mud

Mud is perhaps more synonymous with festivals than even the music itself. Even if it is baking hot and the sun shines for two or three days, there is still the chance that you will end up covered in mud.

This element of festivals puts many people off going to them. It is also why those who attend such events get labelled as ‘hippies’ and other terms that are seen as derogatory, especially when you add in the urban legends about not washing for days at a time and wearing the same clothes from start to finish.

Fireworks Displays

If you attend a music festival this summer and don’t see a fireworks display, then you should be making sure you ask for your money back.

After all, you have stood on your feet for probably more than 12 hours, haven’t had a drink, and perhaps been thrown from pillar to post in the middle of the crowd, so even if you have seen a band you have been waiting to see for years, a fireworks display should be the least you expect.

Thankfully, most festival organisers want to end their events ‘with a bang,’ and you will often find that a spectacular fireworks demonstration follows the conclusion of a headline set.

Things Being Thrown

We hope that we do not have to expand on what the ‘things’ are, as if you have ever been to a festival you will probably already know what we’re alluding to.

The trouble with this is that you don’t see it coming most of the time, or that the people doing it cannot be ejected as there aren’t security guards standing at every interval in a crowd of tens of thousands.

Unfortunately, if it does happen, you just need to grin and bear it.

Horrible Facilities

Along with the mud, dirty toilet facilities are enough to put most people off, even if their favourite bands are playing at a particular festival.

Whether it is the shared facilities element or the fact that they just aren’t welcoming or well maintained at all, many people simply want to avoid them.

Music to Remember

It’d be unfair to talk about a festival and mention the mud, fireworks, and other elements without actually talking about the music.

Whether it is the band you always wanted to see live or a group you never heard of, you are certain to listen to and see performances that you will remember for a long time to come.

Deciding to Go

If the facilities are putting you off, just book a hotel near to the site, and you’ll have access to everything you need. Don’t let a little mud stop you from discovering the festival experience, as it is one almost unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

About The Author:

Stuart is an online content writer with a huge passion for music and festivals, so much so that after returning from various events he often seeks out fireworks for sale from an online retailer and tries to recreate his favourite festivals in his own garden.

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Guitar Lessons In Miami Resource: The Best Places To Hear Live Guitar!

April 15th, 2013 by
Ed Stevens Playing Blue Ibanez Guitar

Ed Stevens Playing Guitar

The following is a guest post by Colin Lenox of Encore Music Lessons:

There are reasons why so many people are pursuing guitar lessons in Miami today. Guitar can be used in virtually all styles of music from classical to rock to folk, and has played an essential role in the development of modern music. Something about the guitar speaks not only to American culture but also Spanish and Latino cultures as well, and can be commonly heard in almost all Latin music. With a great guitar teacher, you’ll be able to explore a number of different musical varieties in guitar lessons and find out which ones you like best.

Flamenco

Miami, like all big cities, is a great city to hear rock and pop guitar music, but you also have the unique opportunity to hear lots of flamenco guitar and Latin music. For those not familiar with flamenco playing, it’s a very percussive form of fingerstyle guitar played on nylon strings.  Although nylon strings are associated with classical guitar lessons and can sound soft and sweet, flamenco is usually very lively and up tempo. Ask your guitar teacher what nylon strings are if you don’t know.

Flamenco players use all of the fingers on their picking hand, except the pinky, with techniques like flicking their nails on the strings to produce a hard attack, and hitting their palms on the body of the guitar to make thumping bass sounds. Despite never using a pick, flamenco players can shred the guitar when soloing by alternating their first and second finger on their right hand.

For those taking flamenco guitar lessons in Miami, you can go to the Casa Panza Restaurant to see world renowned performer and flamenco guitar teacher Paco Fonta. Paco appears yearly at the Florida Folk Festival, collaborates with dance and theater companies all over the Miami area, and has recently recorded with Latino superstar Gloria Estefan.

Meson Ria De Vigo on Coral Way is a spanish tapa restaurant and is another great spot to see some excellent flamenco guitar music. You can also attend the Flamenco Festival Miami at the Ziff Ballet Opera House which brings in world class flamenco dancers and musicians each year.

These are just a few notable places to see flamenco guitar in action but keep your ears open because in a lively city like Miami great music is always just around the corner.

Rock, Pop, Metal

For those taking rock or pop guitar lessons in Miami don’t worry, there’s plenty of chances to rock out and see some great shows.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino brings in huge name rock and pop stars like Eric Clapton, Joan Jett, and Sheryl Crow. Then there is the Fillmore Miami Beach – this is the place to go for high level touring bands like Coheed and Cambria and Wilco, or Miami’s very own Iron & Wine and Cat Power.

Are you a singer songwriter taking guitar lessons in Miami? Looking to perform your own music and hang out with other like-minded musicians? Check out an open mic at AV Studio or Speakeasy Lounge and start getting your music out there.

For metal and grunge players, get your fix at local favorite Churchill’s Pub or at the The Culture Room in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.

About The Author:

Colin Lenox is a blog writer and student coordinator for Encore Music Lessons.  Colin is also a musician and music teacher with a degree in Jazz Studies on guitar from The University Of Vermont.

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Deftones Former Bass Player Chi Cheng: Rest In Peace (1970-2013)

April 14th, 2013 by
Chi Cheng Deftones Bass Player

Chi Cheng Rest In Peace You Will Be Missed

Moments ago, I read the devastating news that Chi Cheng former Deftones bass player passed away. Deftones were one of the very first metal bands I ever heard, I didn’t even really understand what metal was at the time, I was a skater punk, I just knew that was I was hearing for the first time was awesome and that I wanted more. So in a sense Deftones took away my metal virginity. They are truly one of my favourite bands of all time, and always will be. That is why I find the news of Chi Cheng’s death very upsetting. I knew that he was no longer playing bass for Deftones after his tragic car accident, but it never quite hits you how bad an accident is/was until something like this happens. Looking through the photos and seeing him in hospital left a sense of feeling hollow inside. Mine and the rest of Soul Sanctuary’s thoughts are with his friends and family. I’m sure the guys in Deftones are having a very hard time at the moment. If Chi Cheng had any impact on your life through the music of the Deftones, go let the band know that your thoughts are with them too.

Rest in Peace Chi.

You will be missed.

Update: The follwing message was taken from www.oneloveforchi.com

“Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency [sic] room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”

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Dragonforce: Studio Quest! Dragonforce and the recording dungeon.

April 13th, 2013 by
Dragonforce entering to studio once more.

Dragonforce entering to studio once more.

Dragonforce enters the studio to record new album

Dragonforce have never really been one of my favourite bands, although I certainly appreciate what they do, and enjoy their music to some extent, perhaps mostly for the novelty of how stupidly fast it is. So as such, although they aren’t constantly in my CD changer or current playlist, I do keep track of their current activities. So when I saw the article on Blabbermouth about them entering the recording studio to record their new album, I thought it would be interesting to check up on. According to blabbermouth the British epic metallers have completed writing the follow-up to last year’s “The Power Within” album. The album was the first to feature their new and current vocalist Marc Hudson.

Herman Li interview by Metal Traveller

Dragonforce’s guitarist Herman Li said “Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic Dragonforce music ever written.” He continued “With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the Dragonforce sound to the next level and beyond!”

Metal Traveller asked Herman Li how difficult it was to integrate Marc Hudson into the band as the new vocalist: “I don’t know if it was easy or hard, but we definitely spent a lot of time to make sure he integrated well in the band. Before he joined the band, we jammed, we rehearsed, we went to the studio and recorded some demos together — just to see how it’s like, to understand his personality.” said Li.

“After he joined the band, we didn’t want him to be like, ‘Hi, Marc, welcome to the band, record the songs in studio and see you on tour.’ You have to be a real family, so we jammed and rehearsed a lot, and that really helped him to integrate the band. The first show he had to play with the band was with Iron Maiden, in front of 20,000 people. I didn’t tell Marc until the warmup gig two weeks before.”

When questioned about Marc’s involvement in the composition of “The Power Within”, Li said: “Most of the music was already composed when we were auditioning him. After he joined the band, we had to change the voice a little bit to get the best out of his voice. We found out that he can sing very high, but also really low at the same time. So in certain songs, we explored his low range, like ‘Seasons’ or ‘Give Me The Night’, on which he goes from low to high. Then we tried to explore the high register, like in ‘Holding On’.”

Into The Recording Studio

From what I’ve read it’s been a pretty wild ride for Marc the new front man of the Dragons, since he came into the fold in July of 2011, he has now played over 100 Dragonforce shows in 32 countries around the world, including big ass arenas with the like of Iron Maiden. Not to mention a full scale headlining world tour to support the last record. Pretty amazing stuff if you ask me.

So now that Hudson has all this new experience under his belt, traveling the world and touring for the last 2 years. I’m fairly certain him and the rest of the Dragonforce crew are dying to get back into the studio and let their new ideas flow. Dragonforce have chosen Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to to start laying down tracks for the creation of their next record. Set to start recording sometime in May, the project will be headed by producer and allround musical force to be reckoned with Jens Bogren.

Jens is known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Daylight Dies, God Forbid, Iron Mask, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X, to name a few. I have no doubts that Bogren with help Dragonforce to record a monster of a record.

Recording Studio

Jens Bogren Fascination Street studios

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Soul Sanctuary Facebook Giveaway: T-shirt and Signed CD

April 11th, 2013 by
Soul Sanctuary T-Shirt Give Away

Soul Sanctuary T-Shirt Give Away

Want some free goodies from Soul Sanctuary?

It’s time to give something away as we haven’t for quite some time. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to think up a witty names for the contest, but “Freebies From The Afterlife” was about the best thing I came up with, so I just settled for something far more straightforward. This time next week one lucky winner will receive a Soul Sanctuary T-shirt of their choice and a signed copy of Afterlife. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow the 3 simple steps below:

How to enter:

1) Like our Facebook page (If you’re not already a fan)
2) Like & Share this post (Use buttons at the bottom of this page if you haven’t already done so on our Facebook page)
3) Tell us why you should win in the comments below.

Simple!

Entry closes at 11:59pm GTM on the 15th of April, One lucky winner will be picked on the 18th of April 2013 at random from a selection of the best answers. Be creative!

Good Luck 🙂

Stay Awesome Stay Metal!

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Is Music Really Dying?

April 11th, 2013 by
Is Music Really Going to Die?

Is Music Really Going to Die?

The following post is written by Special Guest Author: Mark of Soundista.com

The Death Of Music?

According to CNN Money, music sales between 1999 and 2009 were cut in half. The actual numbers were $14.6 billion in 1999, versus $6.3 billion in 2009. That steep decline is symptomatic of what some see as the end of the music industry as we know it. There is a question as to whether this is really a bad thing for artists, however.

Money and Music

The type of statistics referenced above are not hard to find. Digital sales, for instance, have cut into a huge chunk of CD sales and the entertainment industry blames piracy for losses of revenue on music sales, to some extent. Music is widely available for free on the Internet—sometimes legally, through streaming music stations and so forth—which means that people may be less motivated to buy a $20 CD to get the one track they like if they can hear it most any time they want.

Whether you view the way the music industry has changed as liberation of the art from the hands of the corporations that used to be so much more profitable at distributing it or an unbearable hardship on musicians, the fact remains the same: music isn’t worth what it used to be worth, at least to large companies. Sometimes, decline in one industry gives a rather skewed view of what’s actually going on.

More Music

Forbes reported in an article in 2012 that, in 2008, there were 106,000 new albums released compared to 38,000 in 2003. Quite simply, there’s been more music out there than there has in the past. Not all of it is coming from large record companies, however, as the tools required for recording and production have become less and less expensive and has more musicians have started releasing their albums on their own.

Live Still Rocks

The same Forbes article reports that, between 1999 and 2009, the sales of concert tickets in the US market was on a healthy upward trajectory. In fact, it was something beyond healthy. The sales went from $1.5 billion to $4.6 billion. Concerts have always been huge parts of how musicians make their livings and, going by these figures, things were three times as good in 2009 as they were in 1999, at least in terms of concert attendance.

Different is Not Dead

The music industry is much different than it used to be, that is for certain. In the past, musicians sent demos to every record company they thought would sign them. If one of the record companies showed an interest, the musician could rely on their support for marketing, promotion and so forth, but, without a label, it was very hard for independent artists to develop a presence on the market. Today, it’s as easy as opening up a Facebook page, uploading some MP3s to a distribution site and having a web page. These are all things that the average band could take care of in the space of a couple of days, rather than spending years playing in taverns, clubs and other venues, hoping that they got noticed.

The Forbes article also reported that the revenues for digital music players, advertising and in other categories has jumped up over the years.

The record companies may be faltering, but that does not mean a decline in music as an art form or, in fact, as a commercially viable art form. The industry itself has changed, however, and today that seems to mean that CDs may not be selling well, but more music is out there and bands still have ways to make money.

About The Author

Mark of Soundista.com offers tips and information on music production, download loops, download sound and more.

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