Slayer talks “World Painted Blood”

Slayer recently spoke to Billboard about their forthcoming album, World Painted Blood, and what can be expected from the new material. The group finished 13 tracks — six by King, seven by fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman — 11 of which will appear on the album.

I like when Jeff writes as much as he did for this record. When you have one guy doing most of the writing you only get one perspective. A lot of Jeff’s stuff has a very punky vibe this time; the stuff I write sounds thrashy but with a hint of punk, and when Jeff writes the stuff is more punk with a hint of thrash. It works together well.

Song titles include “Beauty Through Order,” “Unit 731,” “Playing with Dolls,” “Public Display of Dismemberment,” “Americon” and the title track.
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Giving Chase returns with new drummer, recording new 7″

Giving Chase After a short hiatus, Giving Chase has returned with the addition of new drummer Brian Berwind (ex-Frail, Canon, Shatterhook) to the band, replacing the vacancy left by former drummer Carlin Brown. The band has entered Studio 4 with producer Will Yip this weekend to lay down tracks for a new 7″ to be released in the fall.

The band will be appearing at This is Hardcore Fest 4, which is happening August 14-16 in Philadelphia, before heading across the pond for a three week run in Europe with the UK’s A New Day starting September 18.

The band last released A Cheap Print of a Masterpiece in 2007.
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Win a DVD Walkmen and more from Death By Stereo

Death By Stereo To celebrate the release of their long-awaited new album, Death By Stereo, have put together a special prize package for one lucky reader. The album, Death Is My Only Friend, is due out July 7, 2009 and is their first for Serjical Strike Records, the label founded by System of a Down vocalist and solo artist Serj Tankian.

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Sky Saxon of The Seeds (1937-2009)

Sky Saxon, vocalist and founder of The Seeds, has passed away after a brief illness. Saxon’s band was best known for their 1967 hit, “Pushin’ Too Hard,” and the band’s garage sound and Mick Jagger-influenced vocals became very influential, particularly with later punk rock.

“Pushin’ Too Hard” was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and the band’s music has been covered by Alex Chilton, Johnny Thunders, Ramones, Garbage and Yo La Tengo.

Our condolences to his friends, family and fans.
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Dirty Tactics / Landmines

Dirty Tactics Philadelphia, PA’s Dirty Tactics will soon be embarking on a tour of the Northeast and Midwest with Richmond, VA’s Landmines. Dirty Tactics will be playing new songs from their upcoming full length, while Landmines continues to support their 2008 self-titled full-length.

Dirty Tactics recently updated us on the recording progress of their new album through a series of dispatches – here are links to Episodes 1, 2 and 3 – as well as a Video of the Week. The band’s 2008 EP Gangsta Stamina continues to be streamed at their page.
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Paramore’s ‘Brand New Eyes’ set for release

Paramore Paramore have set a release date for their forthcoming album. The album is titled Brand New Eyes and is due out September 29, 2009 on Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music Group.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) and co-produced by the band. The first single, “Ignorance,” is expected to surface in July. The band is debuting some new material on their current tour opening for No Doubt.
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Pixies planning new album

In a new NME interview, Pixies vocalist and songwriter Black Francis has revealed that he is hoping to record the band’s first new album since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde. Francis told NME.COM that he would like to work on a film and music tie-in project:

The band needs to work with a film director. Quentin Tarantino or someone like that. It’d be like, ‘Make some music for our film, you guys [Pixies] be the sound of the film’. Spread the word about the idea ‘cos I think it’s gonna work. We’d have to finally get sick of playing the old repertoire and go, ‘Alright, fuck it. Let’s play new songs in our set’,” he explained. “But the only way we’d really want to do it is if it was really great. There’s a fear that if we try to commit something to tape then even if it doesn’t come out stellar, somehow those recordings will get leaked. The band is beloved by its audience, so we don’t want to fuck it up.

This editor would like to suggest that maybe David Fincher is the right director for the Pixies.
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