Day in Rock Report for 10/30/2015

Metallica's New Album So Far Delivers The Heavy Says Kirk

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed the direction the music is taking for the band's new album, the long-awaited follow up to 2008's "Death Magnetic," and he says that the music so far delivers in the heavy department.

Hammett spoke with Ultimate Classic rock about his 'Ghoul Screamer' guitar effects pedal and the conversation turned to the new album that the band is currently working on.

"It's heavy," he said. "We've got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of Death Magnetic. A lot of it seems to be going along those lines.

He then warns that he doesn't want to make any definitely statement about the direction of the album at this point. "But you know, with social media now and everything else, I'm a little bit wary to comment too much on the album, because then people pick up on it. Then, people think that that's the final definitive statement on what this album is, or how much of it is done, or what it sounds like or whatever - and that's not really the case. It's not accurate. [Laughs.] We're still working on it."

Hammett also discussed the band's process for coming up with new music. "We go in there and see what we have, as far as material. Usually, you get the material together and then you can kind of see what the commonalities are and then from there just kind of expand on all of those commonalities and you know, after a while, you kind of have a uniform sound which later on turns into the signature sound of the album. That's pretty much what happens every time. But it happens over time and a lot of times, it isn't apparently obvious - at least to myself.

"But over the course of time, you just kind of watch how things are morphing and changing and then at one point, you're like, 'Hmmm, okay, it's sounding more complete now. I'm getting more of a complete picture of what this album is actually sounding like.' And then that's when you can actually start commenting on what the album really sounds like in earnest and correctly." Read the full interview here.

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Motley Crue Really Is Breaking Up After Tour Says Sixx

(hennemusic) Nikki Sixx says Motley Crue says that he believes that the band is indeed breaking up and explained that they have no plans to write and record new music following their final concert as a band on December 31 in Los Angeles.

"In my opinion, yes, we're breaking up," Sixx tells Cindy Scull of 97.1 The Eagle Rocks in Dallas/Ft. Worth. "We're done as a touring band. If you don't tour, you're not a band in a sense. Will we re-release our songs? Will they come out in movies? But I don't believe we're a band anymore after that."

Sixx explains there needs to be a reason to justify the group's time and energy to make new music. "I mean, the door's not shut," says the bassist. "But my belief is you make music to tour. And, you know, nowadays music is not the sole purpose anymore, even though we all love music and we live music.

"But what I'm doing right now with my other band, SIXX: A.M., I'm making a double album, and I'm gonna go on tour for two years. And music is a way to get people to come see the band to play the music for them, but in the end, the music isn't like what it used to be. Now you put a record out so you can tour."

Sixx reflects on his impression of how Motley Crue may operate once their live career is over after the 2-year farewell tour comes to an end. "I think Motley Crue will be a brotherhood and not a band," he adds. "We're gonna call each other and say things like, 'Hey, this movie's coming up. What do you think? We can put one of our songs in it. It'll be the tenth anniversary of us breaking up.' But I don't see a purpose to go in the studio and write songs." Listen to the full interview here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Plans Third Deep Purple and Rainbow Concert

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore will play one of three rock shows revisiting his music with Deep Purple and Rainbow next year in the UK according to his agent who addressed rumors that he would play the Download festival.

The guitarist recently announced appearances at a pair of Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany next June, and there's been speculation about a live return at the UK's Download event.

"Rainbow will only be playing three shows in 2016: two in Germany and one in the UK," Blackmore's agent, Alec Leslie, tells Metal Shock Finland. "The UK performance will not be at Download Festival."

Leslie confirmed the guitarist's third rock performance next year will be announced on November 2. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Launch Mystery Countdown Clock

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have launched a mysterious countdown clock on their website. Set to expire on November 23, the clock appears alongside the band's logo on a U.S. highway-style road sign while some audio of people mumbling in the background rolls.

There's no further information on what the clock represents as fans speculate on a possible upcoming announcement. Earlier this month, the Foo Fighters recorded new material in Austin, TX while in town to perform as part of the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival.

"You know what I did last night?", Dave Grohl told the crowd at Zilker Park during the October 9 show. "I recorded a f***ing song in your beautiful city of Austin, Texas. And I'm just gonna say it now: We recorded five f***ing new songs in your beautiful city of Austin, Texas. We're gonna give it to you, but not tonight." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Celebrating Album Release With 'Let's Go' Video

Def Leppard are celebrating the release of their new long-awaited self-titled album today (October 30th) with the premiere of the music video for the single track "Let's Go".

Frontman Joe Elliott had previously discussed the track with Rolling Stone. He told the publication, "It has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like '[Pour Some] Sugar [on Me]' and 'Rock of Ages'.

"The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you're not going to get 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from 'em, you know? And you don't want it, either. You want 'Back in Black,' or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it's something we enjoy doing."

The band released a preview of the "Let Go" video on Thursday with the full clip being released on their YouTube channel at some point today. Visit the page here.

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Anthrax's Charlie Benante Explains Absence From Slayer Tour

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has explained the reason why he is sitting out at least the first part of the band's current European tour with Slayer and says that he plans to join the trek when it hits the UK on November 21st.

Benante reveals in an open letter to fans that the reason that he is missing the dates, with Jon Dette filling in for him, is because he is still having some issues with the recovery from his previous Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery.

He writes, "I want to let all of our fans know what the situation is with my being or not being on the road with the band. Most of you know I had to have hand surgery a couple of years ago for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that I developed. Since then, I've continued to have regular physical therapy and doctor's office visits, and while my hand has gotten a lot better, it just hasn't fully healed. My doctor says it could continue to get better, but that's going to take as much time as it takes.

"When we were recording our new album, I realized that after three or four weeks straight in the studio, playing every day, not only would my hand start hurting like hell, but I would lose all feeling in it for a couple of days. And the same with being on the road - I seem to be OK for a couple of weeks, but after that, the carpal tunnel flares up, the pain sets in, my hand goes numb, and I simply cannot play the drums, especially with the intensity that Anthrax's music requires.

"I love being on the road, playing our music live for you guys, and I'm very excited about playing our new songs for you in 2016, but, at least at this point, for those four, five, six or seven week tours, I just won't be able to be on all dates. Anthrax has just started a European tour with Slayer, and Jon Dette is sitting in for me for the first three weeks or so; I'm planning to join the band on November 21 in the UK and will be on the remainder of the tour.

"If there is a silver lining to this, it's that the time that I'm not on the road with the band, I am able to stay actively involved in the band's artwork (very excited for you all to see the cover art for our new album!), be available to promote our upcoming album, and help put together special Anthrax editions like our upcoming "Spreading The Disease" reissue.

"So, that's the situation. I wanted to make sure that all of you knew exactly what was going on and that I thank you all for the understanding and support. I sincerely look forward to seeing you on the road! Charlie" See the band's upcoming tour dates

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The Deftones Complete Recording Of New Studio Album

(Radio.com) The Deftones are done recording their new album and plan to release it in early 2016. The effort, which will be their eighth LP, is the follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan.

The album was originally slated for a September release, but drummer Abe Cunningham and keyboardist Frank Delgado told Morning Blaze that their label asked the group if they wanted more time to work on the album, and the band happily obliged.

Delgado told Morning Blaze the album will be coming out in the new year. Cunningham added, "It's being mixed now. It started being mixed a couple weeks back. They're actually going tomorrow to go down and listen to mixes and do things." The drummer added, "We're still are in the process of album title, artwork, song titles. We haven't even got there yet, but the music's done." Read more here.

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KISS, Sabbath, G'NR Stars To Play Free Rock'N'Roll Fantasy Camp Show

Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles will be hosting a free concert for the latest Rock'N'Roll Fantasy Camp next Saturday, November 7th that will feature performances from some of rock star councilors from the camp from such bands as Guns N' Roses, KISS, Black Sabbath and more.

The intimate concert will begin at 7pm and will feature performances from Bruce Kulick of KISS, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot and Whitesnake, Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath and other stars, along with participants from the latest camp.

The announced performers also include Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Ty Dennis (The Doors), Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Kenny Wayne Sheppard), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne) and Buster Akrey (Iron Butterfly). RSVP tickets are available here.

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Black Sabbath Add Festival Stops To Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath have added a pair of festival dates to their farewell tour of Europe. Over the June 3-5, 2016 weekend, the band will perform at Germany's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park events.

Both festivals share the same lineup over the course of the three days. Black Sabbath's 2016 tour, billed as "The End", marks the group's final series of live shows after a five-decade career.

The extensive run begins January 20 in Omaha, NE before dates in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and a return to North America. Guitarist Tony Iommi recently revealed that his cancer issues have brought about the need for the farewell run after five decades on the road. "I can't actually do this anymore," said Iommi. "My body won't take it much more."

The 67-year old - who was diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012 - continues to have regular checkups on the health issue. Read more here.

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Volumes' Nick Ursich Gives Health Update Following Hospitalizations

Volumes drummer Nick Ursich revealed that he home in the U.S. and recovering after he was hospitalized multiple times for an infected cyst during the band's tour of Europe.

Ursich posted the following update for fans on the band's official Facebook page, "I just wanted to say thank you guys soooo much for all of your love and support while I was in the hospital.

"I'm very sorry I couldn't finish off the Euro run but health always comes first. In addition to the infected cyst, I had other complications arise which prevented me from rejoining the tour. I am now home, resting and getting my body ready for the ?#?GreaterThanTour?. See you guys soon!"

The Greater Than Tour that he mentioned will be a Volumes and Northlane North American coheadlining trek that will feature support from Cane Hill and coldrain.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 19th in Seattle, Wa at El Corazon and will be concluding on December 19th in Orangeville, Ca at the Boardwalk. See the dates here.

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Bryan Ferry Releasing Deluxe Avonmore and Johnny Marr Collaboration

(Purple) Bryan Ferry has announced that he will deliver two special releases on December 4th: a new collaboration with Johnny Marr and the Avonmore Special Edition deluxe set.

The Johnny Marr collaboration is a new single called "Solider of Fortune," a track that was written by Marr which features him on guitar and Ferry on vocals and keyboards.

We were sent the following details about the limited edition deluxe reissue of Ferry's 2014 album "Avonmore": The new special deluxe edition will be limited to only 1500 copies (100 copies pre-order via his official website will be personally signed by Ferry).

The front cover features a specially commissioned illustration of Ferry by David Downton and a 48-page-book containing exclusive live photographs captured by tour photographer Matthew Becker during the 2015 Avonmore Tour and an introduction by Richard Williams and specially printed lyric sheets.

The deluxe set also includes the original album Avonmore on both heavyweight white vinyl and CD. Bonus material then adds four exclusive Avonmore remixes on a second white heavyweight 12" vinyl plus two more CDs of remixes of album tracks including unreleased cuts from Leo Zero, Idjut Boys and Synapson. The set is completed by a DVD featuring the official videos for singles Loop De Li, Johnny & Mary and Driving Me Wild.

Preorder the Avonmore Special Edition here.

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The All-American Rejects Release New Song and Video 'There's A Place'

The All-American Rejects have released a new song called "There's A Place," and an accompanying music video for the track which was written by frontman Tyson Ritter while he was shooting the new film "Miss You Already".

The film and the new music video were directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen) and the video features a cameo from Toni Collette. The movie will hit theaters on November 6th.

Ritter revealed the following back story for the new track, "The production put me up in a quaint but isolated flat in West Kensington, and I had nothing but a ukulele to keep me busy when I wasn't on set.

"My first day of work I met Toni and watched her playing Milly, a wife and a mother of two, who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. As heavy of a subject that is to discuss, let alone portray, I was immediately awestruck by Toni's bravery.

"After my first day on set, I had this ringing in my ear. Having not composed a piece of music for over a year at that point, I didn't recognize that I was hearing a melody. With that melody, came the words. Immediately I knew what it was, it was a song for Milly, a song that was written as a goodbye note to her loved ones.

"'There's A Place' is something I'm very proud of as it came from the purest center of myself. As soon as I finished the demo, I sent it to Catherine and she was into it, and as simple as that, it was in the movie." Watch the video here.

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Matt Sorum Looks Back At Surreal Guns N' Roses Experience

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has admitted he loved the dangerous aspect of life with the band. And the drummer prefers that kind of experience over the safer approach of groups like the Foo Fighters.

He was a member of Axl Rose's outfit from 1990 to 1997 and he's currently working with supergroup Kings Of Chaos. In a new interview with the Windsor Star, Sorum describes his time in GnR as "like watching somebody else's movie" and adds: "Was I really there or was it some sort of warped dream? The whole things was surreal.

"I felt like I really had no control over where I was going. It was scary at times - super highs, super lows. I look at all of that and I'm just happy we're all still alive." Read his views on the Foo Fighters here.

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Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King In Father Of Loud Documentary

(Classic Rock) A host of artists have been confirmed for the upcoming documentary about the life of amplifier pioneer Jim Marshall. The film entitled Father Of Loud is expected to be released in 2016 and will feature contributions from Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Lzzy Hale, Billy Gibbons, Joel O'Keeffe, Adrian Vandenberg, Joanne Shaw Taylor, James Lynch and Joe Bonamassa.

Marshall, who died in 2012 aged 88, opened a drum shop in London in 1960 but decided to branch out at the request of musicians who visited his store. He said: "All the drummers used to bring their groups in with them, which is how I got to meet guitarists like Pete Townsend and Ritchie Blackmore. They kept pestering me to stock guitars and amps so I decided to give it a go."

His first prototype arrived in 1962 and the Marshall name grew into one of the most recognizable brands used by rock bands across the world. A Spotify playlist has been launched featuring tracks by the artists featured in the documentary, while a trailer has also been released. Watch it here.

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Disturbed Were 'Blacklisted' In Chicago In Their Early Days Says Draiman

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed frontman David Draiman has recalled the band's struggle to get noticed in their early days - saying they were "blacklisted" for not being cool enough.

The Chicago band found it hard to make a name for themselves in a city better known for its alternative scene than for rock and metal. Draiman tells Loudwire: "People think it was this meteoric rise - it really wasn't. We beat the hell out of ourselves for two or three years as a local band. Any time a rock show would come through town, we would pass out cassettes, stickers, t-shirts - whatever we could.

"There was a lot of struggle in a city that wasn't conducive to hard rock and heavy metal. It was Smashing Pumpkins. It wasn't about metal so we were blacklisted. We couldn't even play inner city clubs - we weren't cool enough. We had to force our way in." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Huntress Not Breaking Up Despite Jill Janus' Online Claims

(TeamRock Radio) Huntress are not splitting up, despite frontwoman Jill Janus' statement that they are, says guitarist Blake Meahl. She announced earlier this week that the band were finished, partly as a result of her ongoing battle with mental and physical illness.

In a Facebook post that's now been removed, Janus said: "I will continue to create music. On my terms. F*** the meaningless noise and trolls. My way, forever. Suck it. Done."

But Meahl has followed her comments up with a statement of his own. He says: "Jill posted that she was having difficulty dealing with devastating health issues. Four months ago she had major surgery to remove cancer from her uterus. She needs time to fully recover from her hysterectomy and to continue treatment for her mental health issues.

"Her bouts with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder have been particularly difficult lately and are ultimately responsible for her unfounded statement last night."

He continues: "We will resume touring in December when Huntress joins Black Label Society. Thank you for your kindness and understanding." Read the full statement here.

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Steven Wilson Releases Animated 'Routine' Video

(Classic Rock) Steven Wilson has released a music video for the song "Routine", which is a track from Hand. Cannot. Erase., the follow-up to 2013's The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).

"Amongst the hundreds of songs I have written over the years Routine has a very special place," says Wilson. "It's a deeply sad story of loss and denial, but at its conclusion the clouds lift and there is acceptance at least. Having worked with her on three previous videos, I knew as soon as I wrote it that it was perfect for Jess [Cope] to do something amazing with. Even then nothing prepared me for the organic beauty and power of the film she made, a painstaking labour of love that took her months to produce. When we play the song live I look out into the audience and see people swept away with emotion at the combination of music and animation. To find poetry and beauty in sadness is a wonderful thing I think."

"Routine is the fourth film that Owl House Studio has made in collaboration with Steven Wilson and the biggest one yet," adds Cope. "The story centres on a woman dealing with the tragic loss of her family and the routine she creates for herself to try and cope. The themes in Steven's music are often quite morbid and macabre and when we heard Routine for the first time, Tom Kaye [Writer/Producer] and I knew the story had to be really strong, to do justice to the music.

"I'm proud of all the films we've made with Steven Wilson, but I'm especially fond of Routine. The response we've received has been phenomenal. It's incredibly humbling to see that something we've helped create has touched so many people and reduced a good number of them to tears... It's an extraordinary and ironic satisfaction! To find poetry and beauty in sadness is a wonderful thing I think." Watch the video here.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody 'Beyond Analysis' Says May

(Classic Rock) Brian May says that he has never grown tired of classic Queen track Bohemian Rhapsody - but he doesn't like talking about what he believes the song is about.

The Freddie Mercury composition was released on October 31, 1975, and went on to become the third biggest-selling single in UK chart history. It's been the subject of several affectionate spoofs, including the iconic scene in 1992 movie Wayne's World.

May tells the BBC: "I'm not sick of it. You can't complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it - if it comes on the radio I'll turn it up and listen. But no air guitar. I'm too old."

He adds: "I do think Freddie enjoyed the fact there were so many interpretations of the lyrics. It's an outlandish song. I think it's beyond analysis." Read more here.

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Chip Z'Nuff Releases 'Sunshine' Video

(Classic Rock) Chip Z'Nuff has released a video for his track Sunshine. It's taken from the Enuff Z'Nuff man's debut solo album entitled Strange Time, released earlier this year via Deadline Music.

Z'Nuff said of the album: "It's a stoner rock record. What I have with Enuff Z'Nuff is special but this is a labor of love. I started these songs while going through every type of hard time - family, finances, relationships - and found moments of clarity while writing."

Strange Time came bundled with a five-track bonus disc featuring former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and also featured guest contributions from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio and Biff Butler - the son of Black Sabbath bassist Geezer. Watch the video here.

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Korn's Jonathan Davis Reveals Marilyn Manson Collaboration Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Jonathan Davis' collaboration with Marilyn Manson will get started once Korn's current tour comes to an end. Korn are on the road as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.

They wrap up with gigs in Asia next month, after which Davis hopes to get to work on new music with the self-styled God Of F***. Manson first hinted at the collaboration in issue 271 of Metal Hammer magazine, and Davis later confirmed it was on the cards.

Davis tells Westword: "We're going to get together and write some music and see what happens. I'm going to get back and start working with him on ideas and sh*t.

"We hadn't talked for a long time and we recently hooked up again. He was one of my best friends back in the day. We just rekindled our friendship and started talking a lot about doing something together. I love the dude to death. He's a great guy. So I'm down to do something cool." Read more here.

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Graham Bonnet Expands 2016 Tour Including Homecoming Show

(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet has added four dates to his 2016 UK tour including the former Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG singer's first show in the town of his birth, Skegness, since he was a teenager.

The Graham Bonnet Band will perform at The Suncastle in Skegness on February 3. Gigs in Swindon, Carlisle and Leeds have also been added to the tour.

Danny Merton of promoters Metal Mercenary Records says: "We're honoured to be able to be involved in bringing Graham home. We're sure everyone in Skegness will get behind him and it's going to be an emotional night."

The Graham Bonnet Band are working on a new album, due out early next year via Frontiers Music. See the dates here.

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Focus' Thijs van Leer Limited Edition Release Announced

(Prog) Focus mainman Thijs van Leer is the subject of the first album to be released by the Trading Boundaries boutique venue. The limited-edition three-disc set was recorded on the Sussex premises earlier this month, when van Leer delivered his first-ever solo acoustic performance outside the Netherlands.

Owner Michael Clifford says: "We knew that it was going to be a magical night. What we didn't realise was that the evening would become even more special.

"Focus guitarist Menno Gootjes, who was in the audience, agreed to join Thijs on stage, borrowing a guitar from my son. Together they deliver some of their most iconic tracks acoustically, as they've never played before - and that any Focus fan will cherish." Read more here.

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Rolo Tomassi Release 'The Embers' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Rolo Tomassi have released a video for their track The Embers. The single is taken from the band's fourth album Grievances, released earlier this year via Holy Roar Records.

The band say: "New video for The Embers. Put together using footage shot over the last few years from tours in Japan, Australia, the Grievances release dates and our August tour supporting The Fall of Troy."

In other news, Rolo Tomassi are scheduled to head out on a UK headlining tour next month, with support from Employed To Serve. Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Skindred's Under Attack

Skindred release their new album "Volume" today (October 30) and to celebrate we asked guitarist Mikeydemus to tell us the story behind the single "Under Attack". Here is the story:

This song was born, like most ideas I might bring to the Skindred table, from a group of riffs that I hummed into my phone. I seem to always come up with ideas for songs when I'm driving or walking somewhere, nowhere near a guitar basically. Recording voice notes on a phone has basically become my life line to memorable writing. I tend never to think in terms of key or pitch, generally speaking a tempo presents itself to me (usually one that I can imagine a big crowd jumping up and down to) and the riff follows. If it sounds and feels good to hum and slap some air drums to, I'll pick up a guitar and work out the best place for the riff to drop on the neck. In any writing period there will be four or five ideas in a similar bouncy vein, where one song presents itself as the winner. Most of our songs began as riffs that Dan or I bring to rehearsal, sometimes Benji will have a lyric that inspires a riff but its usually the other way around.

I'll always have an idea for a basic drum feel, a kick and snare pattern for example. If I can't feel what the riff does on the drums then I'll probably move on from it. A percussive approach to guitar has always been more my 'thing' than any kind of speed or virtuosity; feel is where it's at for me. I'll have an idea for what the bass could do but I refrain from dictating, Dan grasps what I'm after and does his thing. More often than not, Arya is on exactly the same page for what the riff requires, he'll embellish the feel and do his thing to it. As with all riffs or songs in their infancy, it's just sh*t hummed into a phone until the band get hold of it, then it becomes a Skindred song. Dan Sturgess might add a sample or sound that can't be generated with guitars, if the riff is calling for it.

The main riff evolved a bit in the rehearsal space, putting the guitar through an octave pedal gave it this really menacing quality, it sounded that extra bit more crushing. That 'sound' eventually appeared a few more times on the album, it really helped shape the identity of the record sonically. I don't like to use effects needlessly, sometimes a pedal can lift a riff from sounding flat into awesomeness. We felt that the riff was strong enough to be like a chorus itself - kind of an x-factor riff that we're always keen to get hold of. Any vocals on top just seemed gratuitous so it stayed largely instrumental.

The verses of the song are similar to the main riff, Arya brought this killer feel to the verses which we all loved. It was a fun song to play through, and Benji came up with vibes straight off the bat, which is usually a good sign for a song. Vocally, the chorus was a bit of a head scratcher for a minute, we were going round & round trying to find the right thing for a while. We basically press record, play a song through countless times then listen back. I had a scan through various takes & heard Benji just messing around singing between takes; he was singing this "Who's gonna help them, whoa" refrain acapella, out of nowhere. He does a lot of that. I told him "sing that on the chorus, it's badass!". And it was! Lyrically Benji has a lot to say, universal social commentary and observation is a big source of reference for him. Under Attack is like a call to arms, a unity song for people to think about the impact of certain actions on a global scale.

The song was written pretty quickly and we knew exactly how it sounded before going in to record the album, which always helps with the confidence of performances and so on. It was a stand out song and we figured it made for a good lead single. We shot a video in London featuring about 100 of our fans in a warehouse studio, it turned out to be a killer video that really embraced the Skindred live vibe.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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