Notorious Southern California punk rockers PENNYWISE are back in full force and swinging harder than ever. The band, which has inspired many throughout the world with their hard-charging songs of self-reliance and perseverance, proves itself once again with "All Or Nothing", one of its most powerful and heartfelt albums to date. The album will hit the streets on May 1 via longtime PENNYWISE allies Epitaph Records.
"We knew we were up against a lot, and we needed to write the best record we've ever written," says PENNYWISE bassist Randy Bradbury. "And I think we may have just done that. That will be for the fans to decide but we are really proud with the way this record came out. I haven't felt this excited about a PENNYWISE album since 'Full Circle'."
"It felt like we got to go back to our roots in the songwriting process," adds guitarist Fletcher Dragge. "There was a lot of passionate discussion between everybody. In the old day that's how our best records got made, lot's of yelling and smashing shit. And as a result the music started sounding like an old-school PENNYWISE record. At the end of the day, this is just a loud hard fast aggressive punk rock record and that's what we do best."
"All Or Nothing" track listing:
01. All Or Nothing (2:29)
02. Waste Another Day (2:22
03. Revolution (3:25)
04. Stand Strong (3:10)
05. Let Us Hear Your Voice (3:43)
06. Seeing Red (2:54)
07. Songs Of Sorrow (3:35)
08. X Generation (3:15)
09. We Have It All (2:59)
10. Tomorrow (3:17)
11. All Along (3:09)
12. United (2:49)
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, PENNYWISE began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history with songs like the raging "Fuck Authority", "Alien" and the band's now-legendary ode to brotherhood and departed friends, "Bro Hymn".
"Our music has always been about persevering against all the odds," Dragge says. "We love doing this. There's nothing more important to us than being on stage in front of our fans and having them sing our lyrics back at us and feeling that energy."
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis spoke to RollingStone.com about his J DEVIL project, which sees the singer exploring his passion for electronic music.
"I've been working on my EP. I got a studio on the bus. I write every night," he says.
The J DEVIL debut, which will be released sometime this year on Dim Mak Records, will feature Jonathan's collaborations with Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Downlink, Excision and Slugoo, among others.
When asked how he would the new music, Davis said, "It's all these different genres. I love electro, I love jungle, I love drum and bass, I love dubstep, so it's a mixup of all that stuff."
He added, "[Working in different styles] keeps me motivated. It keeps me being creative and not getting bored with music. . . This is the biggest the EDM scene has ever been. There's so much creativity out there, and I love watching people play with their laptop. It's a new instrument."
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METALLICA has tapped award-winning director Nimród Antal to helm the band's upcoming 3D feature-film project. Charlotte Huggins ("Journey To The Center Of The Earth", "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island") will produce.
The film will be a marriage of narrative and concert and will star the "five" members of METALLICA — James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and the fans. It will begin shooting this August and will be released in the summer of 2013.
"I've been a fan of Nimród's since his first Hungarian film, 'Kontroll', showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away," said METALLICA's Lars Ulrich. "I've watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his 'thinking outside of the box' personality. Let's get on with it!!!"
"METALLICA has always been a huge part of my life, and it's an incredible opportunity when we get to work with our heroes," said Antal. "We are going to harness the powerful and almighty energy of METALLICA's live shows, inject a narrative into it, and shoot it in 3D to elevate the entire experience."
Antal is best known for writing and directing the Hungarian-language film "Kontroll" (2003) that won several awards, including the Award of Youth at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and the Gold Hugo prize at the Chicago International Film Festival. He also received a European Film Award nomination for Best Director. His credits include "Vacancy", starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, and "Armored", starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. In 2010 he was hired by Robert Rodriguez to direct "Predators", featuring Adrien Brody.
When METALLICA recently confirmed reports that it was working on a 3D movie, the band was vague about what exactly the project would entail or when it come out. The Pulse Of Radio asked drummer Lars Ulrich for more info and he said that film production is new territory for the group which they're taking very slowly. "It's been an idea that's been kind of circling in everybody's heads for about the last two years," he said. "Getting your own 3D movie off the ground is easier said than done, but we're doing our best and we have a window for that later in the year that we're hoping to still make happen. We just want to make sure that we don't throw ourselves out into something that gets so completely overwhelming that the whole thing just blows up in our face."
Entertainment industry web site Deadline first broke the news in October that METALLICA was looking to self-finance its own 3D feature film, and had Huggins to develop the project for them.
Ulrich did hint to Rolling Stone a few months back what the film might be like, saying, "Imagine if you took [LED ZEPPELIN's concert film] 'The Song Remains The Same', which is 75 percent concert, 25 percent other stuff, and flipped it around. And all the non-concert footage, instead of being about the band members, is a story that unfolds, set against the backdrop of the concert."
METALLICA's next major project is its Orion Music + More festival, a band-curated two-day event which will take place in late June in Atlantic City and feature over 20 bands as well as lifestyle attractions and other entertainment.
Atlantic recording group SHINEDOWN has announced the upcoming release of their much anticipated new album. "Amaryllis" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on March 27, 2012.
"Amaryllis" will be heralded by the eagerly awaited new single, "Bully". The track is SHINEDOWN's first new music since seeing all six singles from 2008's "The Sound Of Madness" go to #1 on the rock radio chart. Today, "Bully" impacts at multi-format rock radio outlets nationwide while also going on sale at all DSPs. "Amaryllis" will be available for pre-order beginning January 17 via store.shinedown.com. A series of bundles will be on offer, featuring an array of exclusive extras — full details will be announced shortly.
SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith explains: "I've always seen SHINEDOWN as its own entity — this living thing that's been growing and developing and evolving over the past 10 years. During the recording, the vision of what SHINEDOWN is and where it's going became completely clear. 'Amaryllis' is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what SHINEDOWN is. It reflects on everything we've done and where we're heading. It's a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what we're about. I can't wait for the world to hear it."
Recorded at Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles and a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios, "Amaryllis" sees SHINEDOWN joining forces once more with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Rob Cavallo (KID ROCK, GREEN DAY), who previously collaborated with the band on 2008's record-breaking "The Sound Of Madness". That album proved SHINEDOWN's mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart.
"The Sound Of Madness" sold more than 1.2 million copies and produced six hit singles, including "Devour", "The Crow and The Butterfly" and "If You Only Knew".
A deluxe edition of the record was issued last year, which included a bonus track that became yet another radio hit, "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)".
Myers recently told Gibson.com about the band's songwriting process, "We aren't a band that goes into the studio and makes a record in six weeks. 'The Sound Of Madness' took 24 months to write. Brent has this weird thing when we're writing, we go into the studio, and there are no clocks around; there are no calendars on the wall. He doesn't like to have a time limit on being creative."
SHINEDOWN is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).