Californian experimental post-hardcore act Thrice have released the first studio diary from the sessions of their upcoming album, check it out below.

The band are in Santa Monica recording their seventh studio album, which is set for a fall release on Vagrant Records.

The in-depth video shows the band working with producer David Schiffman (Avenged Sevenfold, System Of A Down), and showcases contributions and comments from all the members of the band.

Thrice

Bassist Riley Breckenridge said working with Schiffman, who engineered Thrice’s 2004 release, Vheissu, “takes a lot of weight off Teppei [Teranishi]’s shoulders, as he was doing double duty as engineer [and guitarist]”

Teranishi spoke about Schiffman also, saying “it’s a hundred times easier for me. If someone in the band is [producing], I’m recording myself, drums, bass, vocals, Dustin’s guitar, mixing, I mean there’s a lot of work on-top of what my normal job would be.”

www.thrice.net

This set was taken ages ago but I’m yet to share it with the internets, enjoy! I guess I can use the fact that Dream On Dreamer just wrapped up the recording of their debut album as an excuse to post some of my shots taken at their shows. Check out the three video updates Dream On Dreamer posted on their Youtube channel for the latest news. Their debut LP Heartbound is on its way and the first single, Downfall, is set to drop in June.

Jarrod - Check Your Smile

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Matthew - Check Your Smile

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Marcel - Dream On Dreamer

Marcel - Dream On Dreamer

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California’s Avenged Sevenfold are returning to Australian shores for a national tour in July, with support from Sevendust

Avenged Sevenfold have been through a lot since their last Australian tour in 2008. In December 2009, the electric Californian five-piece had started work on the album of their lives when drummer and lifelong friend, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan passed away. The album was already shaping up to be a dark masterpiece. A concept album tracing a journey of madness, despair and death, but suddenly real life – and real loss – rendered that almost trivial.

AX7

Ironically, this renewed pain and passion only contributed to the success of the band’s fifth studio album Nightmare, which took a new direction following The Rev’s passing. The album, which documented and dealt with his death, went on to debut at #1 on the USA’s Billboard 200 and #9 on our own ARIA album chart.

The album’s title track became the most played track at Active Rock Radio (US) for an entire year in 2010. Most recently, Avenged Sevenfold fans crashed the MTV server with the amount of traffic generated when the band released their new video ‘So Far Away’. The third single off the certified gold album, Nightmare, ‘So Far Away’ is described as a “raw and emotional tribute” which “celebrates the long-time friendship the band members have shared since forming A7X”.

Renewed and refocussed, the band have been perfecting their live show in sold out arenas across the US and are about to hit the Euro festival circuit to headline Rock Am Ring in Germany, Download Festival in the UK and Graspop in Belgium, before heading to Australia.

It’s been three years, but now Avenged Sevenfold return to Australia for a gargantuan headlining tour. Joining A7X on this run of shows will be the almighty American metal act Sevendust whose performance at this year’s Soundwave Festival and associated sideshows blew Australian metal fans away.

Touring off the back of their last album Cold Day Memory, Sevendust boast an original line-up with Clint Lowery on lead guitar, restoring the unbeatable dynamic that was responsible for their most successful albums.

Main supports/ hard cunts Sevendust

Don’t miss Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust as they decimate some of Australia’s biggest venues with their blistering live show this winter.

Pre-sale tickets are available via frontiertouring.com from Thurs 19 May (12 noon AEST) – Fri 20 May (12 noon AEST) or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted.

Tickets for the general public are on sale from 9am local time Thursday 26 May.

Thursday July 28 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – Lic/AA
Tickets available from Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au

Saturday July  30 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney – Lic/AA

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au

Tuesday August 2 – Festival Hall, Melbourne – Lic/AA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au

Wednesday August 3 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide – Lic/AA

Tickets available from VenueTix 08 8225 8888 www.venuetix.com.au

Saturday August 6 – Challenge Stadium, Perth – Lic/AA

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au

www.avengedsevenfold.com
www.sevendust.com

Nu metal kings Korn have collaborated with LA DJ Skrillex to produce Get Up, a bastard child combining heavy guitars and nasty beats.

Korn and Skrillex

The song is tipped to be released on Korn‘s upcoming EP, due out in May.

Korn frontman Jonathon Davis spoke to SPIN about the collaboration:

“I heard a few of Skrillex’s re-mixes and really felt there would be a good chance that he would have the right sensibility to connect us to a new hard sound and direction, but still keeping Korn guitars and our vibe.”

“We were just thinking of trying something new, to be honest, so I had my manager reach out to the Skrillex camp. When we got into the studio the connection was instant!”

Korn have put the song for free download here.

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I was lucky enough to have a chat to Tom Gabel: singer, guitarist and founding member of acoustic punk legends Against Me!. We spoke about about anarchist ideals, the origins of the band’s name and living life without a back-up plan. See Tom and his desperados break hearts all across Australia in May, with Off With Their Heads supporting.

Tom Gabel live

White Crosses is a classic sounding album that reminds me of big rock releases in times past. Were you deliberately going for that vibe, trying to write a classic album in that sense? (you mentioned in another interview you wrote Because of the Shame in Bruce Springsteen’s style, and there also is Bob Dylan Dream).

In a lot of respects, definitely. We wanted to make a huge sounding album where we didn’t hold anything back. Every idea was explored.

You’ve said the band has done over 1600 gigs. What drives you to tour and play shows constantly?

I think that’s part of the allure to being in a band, the adventure, being out on the road, exploring new places, meeting new people. It’s extremely addictive too.

What were the circumstances that led to the cancellation of 2010 tour dates? Was it related to burn-out?

There were a lot of factors. We had just lost support of our label, we needed to regroup. Then there were also some personal issue that some of us needed to attend to at home. Sometimes life happens when you’re in a band.

Rock 'n' Roll

I was introduced to Against Me! by hearing Walking Is Still Honest played acoustic at a back-yard party. Do you write songs acoustically? Or do you write with a full band?

I always write lyrics first and then I work out the song structure and melody on acoustic guitar, build on it from there. If you can’t play a song on acoustic guitar it’s not a very good one. Through whatever else you want on top of it once you have that foundation, but it has to be there.

Is Bob Dylan Dream a reaction to fans interaction with yourself? (I never mentioned my collection of his albums, I never bothered him with intrusive questions).

The song was literally a dream I had. I woke up, wrote down my memories of the dream and put chords to it. The song didn’t take any thought to write, happened in about 5 minutes.

What have you been reading lately?

Jean- Paul Sartre’s War Diaries.

What made you want to pick up a guitar in your youth?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 8 years old. I’ve always wanted to be a musician, to be in a band, for as long as I can remember. My father was military, I wasn’t really exposed to a lot of music when I was younger, I discovered on my own, but I’ve always been drawn to it.

A group of young men I'm sure will go far

What does the name Against Me! refer to? Have you ever wanted to change the name of the band?

I guess when I named the band I was feeling very misanthropic and paranoid. I’ve never regretted the name.

Have you started writing material for the next Against Me! release?

Yes, for sure. We hope to record sometime this fall or winter. We’ll see.

Do you see yourself working with Butch Vig again?

We would love to if the opportunity presents itself. Butch is my hero.

How is playing with Jay on the kit different from playing with George?

Every drummer is different, they all have their unique style. Anyone who is a Hot Water Music fan knows that to be true about George. There’s subtle differences I’ve noticed between the two of them but the bottom line is they’re both great drummers. The question is kind of like “What’s the difference between driving a Ferrari and Lambourgini?

Do you consider Against Me! to be a political band?

It’s not something I strive for no, but I recognize that I’ve addressed political topics in lyrics.

Punk isn't meant to be pretty

What are three things in your life you see as essential to your happiness?

Creative expression, personal space and my family.

What are some of your memories from Against Me!’s 2008 Australian tour?

I remember a lot of fun shows and hanging out with a lot of fun people. It’s been like that every time.

Have you listened to the support bands for the upcoming Australian tour?

Yes, for sure. We choose all the bands we play with. Off With Their Heads who are doing the whole tour with us are good friends. We just finished a tour with them here in the US about two weeks ago.

Why did you choose to release the Searching For A Former Clarity demos now?

There’s no specific reason other than I finished the project. With both Total Clarity and Original Cowboy (which was the Eternal Cowboy demos) we figure that they’re releases for fans of those records, not the type of thing to present to new people. We’ve got a lot of unreleased material we plan to hopefully all get out there one day. It’s just been a matter of making the time. Since these aren’t new releases theses are projects that only get worked on when nothing else is going on.

Do you listen to much modern music and new releases?

I love music. I’m a vinyl enthusiast. I am constantly searching for new things to listen to.

Download / borrow / buy / steal this album if you haven't heard it yet

Do you still identify with anarchist ideals?

Certainly, there’s a ton of merit to the philosophy. There is no authority but your own. Think for yourself. Be an autonomous individual.

What was the motivation in early Against Me! for the two-piece line-up? Was it out of necessity (lack of other musicians) or was it more deliberate?

I started playing under the name as a solo project. I had no intention of making a proper band out of it. I was playing in other bands at the time. Eventually those bands broke up and Against Me! became my main focus. I wanted drums. It’s more fun to play music with other people.

How does the term folk punk sit with you?

It makes no difference to me.

If you weren’t touring and working with Against Me! what would you be doing?

I’d be playing in some other band. This is what I want to do with my life. There’s no back-up plan.

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See the dates and supports for Against Me!’s upcoming May Australian tour here.