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Agrimonia: Details Of Southern Lord Debut Emerge Album-Opening Track Streaming At Pitchfork

The name of Gothenburg-based quintet Agrimonia will reverberate through the masses Throughout the coming months as Their third LP, and first for Southern Lord, is subject to be released onto the masses at the end of April. Continue reading Agrimonia: Details Of Southern Lord Debut Emerge Album-Opening Track Streaming At Pitchfork

KISS To Perform On Season Premiere Of Australia’s The Footy Show

According to the Throng, the season premiere of The Footy Show will shake the studio foundations when rock legends KISS perform live and exclusive on Thursday, March 7, on Channel Nine at 9.45pm AEDT.

In the only television performance on their Australian Monster tour, the giants of glam rock will perform two of their hits live in the studio to kick off the 20th season of The Footy Show. Continue reading KISS To Perform On Season Premiere Of Australia’s The Footy Show

DEF LEPPARD Guitarist: ‘The Fact Is That Most People Don’t Want An LP’

Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Guitar International: I have to tell you when I think of Vegas residency, I think of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. What made the band decide to do this residency?

Phil Collen: We have been playing many of the songs off “Hysteria” for 20-some-odd-years and always wanted to play it in its entirety. We’ve asked promoters and our management and they said it would be cool but it never happened. All of sudden the Vegas scene started to change, so when we got asked to do it. We said “absolutely.” It’s different from touring, because of the travel so take that part out of it. So it should be interesting.

Guitar International: There has to be a lot of personal advantages for the band to stay in one location and have the audience come to you. What’s the biggest advantage?

Phil Collen: I think the biggest thing is the travel aspect that we don’t have to deal with planes and transportation; it’s easy to get run down from that. The great thing about touring though is the audience. One day you can be in Kansas and it can be a very different audience than says the next night in Virginia Beach. This is brand new to us so we will just see how this works for us.

Guitar International: I image your audience will be a mix of diehards and people just visiting Vegas or who have received a complimentary ticket, how do you please everybody with your set list?

Phil Collen: We are going to do Hysteria as is, in order. We’re planning to do other songs say off “High ‘n’ Dry” where each night it could be completely different. We also are going to do some other songs based on what each band member wants to do. I’ll know more when we start rehearsing for it. A lot of stuff on “Hysteria” is really complicated to sing and play at the same time so it will be interesting.

Guitar International: Many of these songs were written when you were in a different place in your life and career, how has performing those songs changed for you over the years?

Phil Collen: We did a couple of re-records from “Hysteria” and play about seven songs live from it. When we did the re-records we sat down to listen to the guitar parts and vocal and said “Wow we’ve be doing this wrong”. We did it different for a concert so when we did the re-records we tried to make them sound exactly like the originals. By doing that you really notice some of the subtleties and riffs are not really what we thought they were. [laughs] It’s important, but you don’t want to kill yourself over it as some of the songs have eight different guitar parts, so you have to choose the most relevant ones. Same goes for vocals, being DEF LEPPARD we actually have another instrument that a lot of other bands don’t have which is the vocal arrangements. So we had to compensate for that as well and we do pretty well with it. It really comes down to is hard work and we want to be proud of all that hard work so that it’s easy when you get on tour.

Guitar International: Is there more pressure now when you put out a CD or back in the ’80s? It seems that anything you do will always be compared to those early albums?

Phil Collen: Yeah, but you try not to worry about stuff like that because it’s not really important. The industry has completely changed, and there are like only two record companies left. Also, the fact is that most people don’t want an LP. The truth is that they just want to download one or two of their favorite songs. I like LPs and all that stuff, but this is the new reality. The great thing you can actually write a song and don’t have to do an entire LP. Sometimes you can have songs on the LP that get watered down because you put more effort into other ones. I do like being able to release two or three songs with more substance to them.

Read the entire interview from Guitar International.

ENFORCER Interviewed In Vienna (Video)

On February 12, Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with Swedish metallers ENFORCER before their concert at Viper Room in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.

ENFORCER released its new album, “Death By Fire”, on February 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was created by Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art and can be seen below.

“Death By Fire” track listing:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan

The official video for the song “Mesmerized By Fire” from ENFORCER can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director, and the band’s longtime friend, Gustav Öhman Spjuth. The group states: “We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video.”

The “Mesmerized By Fire” seven-inch single was released on January 18.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

Side A: “Mesmerized By Fire”
Side B: “You Can Be” (non-album track)

In addition to the limited-edition vinyl, there was also be a digital release.

Commented ENFORCER guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand: “‘Mesmerized By Fire’ is more or less the title track from the ‘Death By Fire’ album. I think within four minutes it captures pretty much everything about ENFORCER: intensity and power mixed with a touch of melody and melancholy. The B-side is a cover of NAGAZAKI‘s ‘You Can Be’. It is a track with mega potential from a band that unfortunately never made it in the ’80s.”

ENFORCER‘s second album, “Diamonds”, was released in May 2010 in Europe by Earache Records and in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery.

Having released its debut album, “Into the Night”, in November 2008, ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most highly regarded festivals.

Photo credit: Gustav Öhman Spjuth