Tomorrow marks the release of melodic hard rock band Sevendust’s ninth studio album Black Out The Sun, which is the followup to 2010’s Cold Day Memory. In anticipation of this release, we got the opportunity to do a one-on-one chat with singer Lajon Witherspoon to discuss the album, touring with Coal Chamber, Lacuna Coil, and Candlelight Red, the 1999 show with Metallica in Detroit, and more. We also got to ask if Witherspoon had ever encountered any racism during their career as well as Lajon’s love of horror. You can check it all out below
An all-star group of musicians have come together to join The Infinite Staircase for a charity single. Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), and John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain), the band has completed a single entitled “The Pride”, which will hit iTunes next Tuesday via Vanity Music Group. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V.Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Co-writer, vocalist, and guitarist, Lenny Cerzosie explains, “In terms of the writing process and the meaning behind “The Pride”… the coolest thing about it to me is that it was written by all of us, it was a group effort.”
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The line up for the 2013 edition of Rock On The Range has been announced and it’s basically full of bands that I would punch a few puppies to see. Headlining the 3-day event are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins while amazing bands such as Bush, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, In Flames, Ghost, Heaven’s Basement, and more are also slated to perform. A nearly complete list of bands performing can be seen below.
The 3-day event begins Friday, Mar. 17th and ends Sunday night, Mar. 19th.
Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell states, “We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!”
Korn’s Jonathan Davis adds, “Head is back!! Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”
Gavin Rossdale of Bush comments, “Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands. We look forward to seeing you all out there.” READ MORE
Metal band Sevendust have announced that they will be touring N. American this Spring on a co-headlining run with the reunited nu-metal band Coal Chamber. Italian melodic metal band Lacuna Coil have been announced as direct support with Candlelight Red opening on the first half and Stolen Babies opening up on the second. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
Metal band Sevendust have announced a Mar. 26th, 2013 release date for their ninth studio Black Out The Sun, which will come out through their own 7Bros. record label. The first single, “Decay,” will be released to radio and available for download at online retail outlets January 22, 2013.
Guitarist Clint Lowery told Guitar World, “There’s a dark turn to the whole thing…in a lot of ways, it’s your typical Sevendust record.” Guitarist John Connolly described the new music to Revolver as having “…a darker vibe…but there’s still plenty of melody. It fits right in with Animosity, Alpha and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow moody songs as well.”
The first time I saw Sevendust was at the Metallica, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock show in Detroit on Millenium Night. Anyone else at that show? READ MORE
Italian melodic hard rockers Lacuna Coil have announced an early 2013 US tour alongside Sevendust. The band will be touring in support of their most recent album Dark Adrenaline, which came out Jan. 23rd of this year. You can see the tour schedule below.
I’ve seen Lacuna Coil three times: once at Harpos in Detroit, once at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland (along with Tapping The Vein and Daylight Dies!), and lastly at an acoustic show in downtown Ann Arbor at Borders store #1. Basically, I haven’t seen them since 2005, so it’d be interesting to check them out after all these years to see what their show is like now. READ MORE
Last week, Candlelight Red released a new EP entitled Demons, which you can snag from iTunes or Amazon. The EP was produced by Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, who says that it “came out unreal.” In celebration of this, drummer Brian Dugan has given Bloody-Disgusting a list of the Top 10 Movie Demons! There are some obvious picks in the list, to be sure, but there a couple in there that surprised me as well. It’s a very fun list and you can check it out below. Make sure to leave your favorite movie demon in the comments!
Candlelight Red will be hitting the road on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which features Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and more. For a complete list of dates and ticket information, head to the Fest’s official site at rockstaruproar.com. READ MORE
Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby have teamed up with Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Philips and Tremonti/Creed guitarist Eric Friedman to form Projected. The band will be releasing their debut album Human on Sept. 18th. In anticipation of this release, the band has released a lyric video for their first single “Watch It Burn”, which you can watch below.
“John, Vinny, Eric, and I have shared many miles and many stages together over previous years,” explains Scott Phillips. “We’ve always talked about collaborating and now it’s finally come to fruition. I might possibly be one of the biggest Sevendust fans ever, and to get the opportunity to work with a few of my favorite musicians on the planet, and some of my best friends, means the world to me. We wholeheartedly believe in these songs…believe in John’s vision…and couldn’t be happier about the future of Projected!”
As Vince Hornsby continues, “I’m grateful for the opportunity that I was given to work on this project with John, Scott and Eric. They are great friends and talented musicians. I look forward to getting all the songs out there for everyone to hear and excited about what the future holds.”
And Eric Friedman concludes, “Just a buncha bros doin’ what we love!” READ MORE
What is better than hard rock and hot chicks? Well, aside from hard rock, hot chicks and some horror thrown into the mix, not much I tell you! So that’s why I want to know which of you ladies thinks you’ve got what it takes to become the Miss Uproar 2011! That’s right, the Rockstar Uproar festival, which features bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, and many more, are looking to make one hometown hottie a very lucky lady! Check out the video after the jump for all the details.
Korn and Disturbed have teamed up for the fifth edition of the Music As A Weapon Tour with opening support coming from In This Moment, Hail The Villain, Art Of Dying, and Sevendust. The 45-city trek is finalizing tour dates but one guarantee is that the first 1,000 tickets sold at each venue will be discounted $5.
While at Rock on the Range I got the chance to sit for a few minutes with Paul Phillips, guitarist of the multi-platinum, Grammy winning band Puddle of Mudd. We spoke briefly about tour plans, the reception on the new album ‘Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate’, and, of course, some of Paul’s favorite horror movies. Enjoy the video after the break and make sure to grab your tickets for the Carnival of Madness tour to check out Puddle of Mudd with Shinedown, Chevelle, 10 Years and Sevendust later this summer! READ MORE
Sevendust are getting ready to release their 8th studio album titled “Cold Day Memory” on April 20th. The band recorded Cold Day Memory with Grammy nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Plain White T’s) and it’s their first new album with with the reunited original lineup.
“This record personally has been one of the most difficult, but most rewarding records I’ve ever worked on” explains guitarist Clint Lowery. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to contribute good material to the guys after being gone for last three records and that helped me focus more than I ever had.” Adds Lajon Witherspoon: “I feel this album shows new growth for the band. We’re very happy to have Clint back and are looking forward for everyone hearing the magic that’s made when we’re all together!” READ MORE
Sevendust updated fans today with some details on their upcoming album titled “Cold Day Memory”.
“Well we’re happy to say the mixing process is wrapped up. Next up is mastering and finishing art work. The first single will be announced soon and we’ll leak a track for our hardcore fans that have been waiting. We’re VERY excited to get this out to you guys. Keep you eyes and ears out for it. Go to our official website (Sevendust.com) to watch daily “On tour” videos we will post starting FEB 18. We’ll also have small clips of the “Making of the record” that will post weekly leading up to the release this spring.”
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