Chester Bennington Dyes His Hair Purple, Scott Weiland Grows Goatee

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington recently dyed his hair purple (or kind of red. I’m kind of color blind. Who gives a shit?), debuting his hair at an STP show in Chicago. The photo below of Chester sporting his new haircut is with former Local H drummer Joe Daniels.

But is Chester Purple at the Core? That’s a question former STP frontman (and Purple at the Core expert) Scott Weiland will have to answer.

Scott Weiland debuted his new goatee in a band photo featuring new Wildabouts guitarist Nick Mayberry. See photos of the Stone Temple Fashionistas showing off their new looks below.

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Rather than calling the fashion police, Alternative Nation is letting you, the readers, decide who looks cooler in the comments section.

Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth: ‘I’m About To Record A Christmas Album’

Niklas Kvarforth has always been a controversial figure in black metal circles, whether it be his band’s violent shows or his views on life and death. I recently had to pleasure of interviewing him. Niklas spoke about his recent work with Shining, his upcoming Christmas album (not making this up), and other fun stuff.

Can you tell us a little bit about the new album? Any upcoming tour to support it? Will you guys be hitting up the states at all?

I am, for the first time ever in my career, nearly 100% satisfied with how things have turned out with this new album of ours. Don’t get me wrong, the other eight are certainly children of whom I am still very proud, but what I’ve managed to create this time around feels almost flawless. Which is both good and bad I think. It will be extremely hard to top this one for sure. We’re currently setting up several tours in support of this album but unfortunately we have nothing secured for the North American territories yet, however, our booking agent, along with the record label,  are working hard on getting us over there as soon as possible.

What made you choose to use Framtidsutsiker to promote the album?

The first song we used in terms of promotion was “Vilja & Dröm”, followed by “Besök Från I(ho)nom”. “Framtidsutsikter” was, in other words, the third one we chose to make public and we all had quite a divided opinion about whether this would be a smart move or not considering that it’s quite different from the rest of the album, and relies on these moments of “a weird calmness”, which usually isn’t everyone’s cup of tea within the genre we’re currently residing in. However, to my amazement, this particular song seems to be a fan-favourite, which not only comes as a surprise, as I said, but also as a breath of fresh air in some ways as it means that people are starting to understand the schizoid nature of Shining’s music – something that has been quite difficult to achieve when promoting our earlier albums.

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How would you compare the new album with your older ones?

Many people seem to be under the impression that we have changed immensely since the last album, something I definitely cannot agree with. I feel that Shining has gone through a rather natural progression between each album, and that the differences aren’t really that vast. One thing that has certainly remained constant throughout our two decades-long career is without doubt the piercing darkness that one instantly recognizes when putting on whatever album from our discography, and, at the end of the day, that’s what I feel is of the highest importance. Now, I do admit that there is a certain viciousness and hostility which may only have been vaguely noticeable on some of my recent efforts, and I have somewhat managed to regain that feverish atmosphere of hopelessness and despair some might feel has been lacking on some of the latter albums. Although this is probably due to the circumstances under which the album was composed and the lyrics were written.

After your original break up in 2004 what made you decide to bring the band back in the same year?

Well, I’ve wanted to end this band about six or seven times every year actually. But at that particular period in time things had escalated so severely that I didn’t see a possible way to continue what I was doing. Nowadays though, when things like this might pop up in the back of my mind, I choose complete radio silence until the most immense parts of the overall ordeal have been dealt with. Otherwise, we would probably hold the Guinness world record for being the band who has called it quits more times than they’ve stood on stage.

Would you ever put on a show as violent as your controversial February 3rd, 2007 show in Sweden ever again?

That show was neither as violent nor controversial as the press made it out to be, far from it. Many of the people who actually wrote reviews of the ceremony weren’t even there to begin with but instead wrote their reviews based on second hand  information they’d probably found on some meaningless message board or similar crap-community bullshit thingy. What made things complicated, especially for us, was that a reporter from one of Sweden’s largest television networks happened to attend, and which ended up with my face all over the newsstands as well as a pretty fucked-up news clip on the national evening news.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that the press always has its own agenda, which is to sell a story, and they made it look way worse than it actually was.  Unfortunately this resulted in us having to go through quite a few hard years when it comes to getting permission to play in this or that area. Things are getting better now, and people seem to realize that we’re putting on shows way above the standard of the usual crap people have to put up with, and that first and foremost we are a professional band, and not a pack of psychopaths trying to cause commotion wherever we go, although at times, that could be fun as well.

Ever listen to the Black Metal influenced Jazz band also called Shining? If so how do you feel about them?

I actually like what they’re doing and have been thinking about trying to set up a tour with the both of us some time in the future. There has been the occasional confusion about who plays where and so forth. Of course, that’s inevitable, but thankfully our manager is in contact with theirs so misunderstandings like these can be avoided, as much as possible.

How do you feel about the state of black metal today? You feel its gotten stale or do you feel it’s still going strong?

I couldn’t care less. There are a few good albums released every now and then, no doubt about it, but I personally feel way too distanced and uninterested in the scene to even start discussing the matter.

I heard you like Christmas music. Would you ever put out a Christmas album? What would you call it?

I have been working on a Christmas album for more than six years now, and believe it or not, it’s actually gotten to the point where I’ll start recording it soon. I will not reveal any title, nor content, but I can at least say it will be a very unpleasant manifestation indeed.

Any advice to young metal bands just starting out?

Don’t do it.

If you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring one studio album which would it be?

Burzum’s “Filosofem” or Depeche Mode’s “Violator”. 

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Interview: Matt Skiba Talks Possibly Recording With Blink-182, Friendship With Tom DeLonge

Matt Skiba is the frontman for punk rock group Alkaline Trio and has been more recently known as Tom DeLonge’s replacement in Blink-182. The guitarist/vocalist also is currently promoting his second solo album with the Sekrets. The LP titled Kuts will be released on … via . We recently spoke to Skiba about the release, his position in Blink-182, and the future of Alkaline Trio. You can view the entire interview below.

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Cover artwork for Matt Skiba and the Sekrets’ new ‘Kuts’ album

It seems like you’ve been quite busy. But, let’s start by talking about your upcoming album. What events led up to the creation of Kuts, your second album with the Sekrets?

Matt Skiba: I started writing the record while on tour with Alkaline Trio. We were in Europe and I started setting up studio time so when I got back from that tour, I had a collection of very stark, rough ideas because I wanted Kuts to be a studio creation. I worked with producer Rob Schnapf who ended up playing lead guitar on the record. He was unfamiliar with Alkaline Trio and any of my previous work, which is part of the reason why I wanted to work with him. We went in the studio with a vague idea and we built the record from the ground up.

To me, it sounded like a more punk rock version of The Cure. Was there a certain musical style or influence you were going for on this release?

Matt: Not necessarily, like I said, I approached this album with a really openness of what it would sound like. But we ended up referencing a lot of David Bowie as far as guitar tones and keyboard sounds. Along with groups like Gary Numan and Tubeway Army. Of course, The Cure is always a huge influence; they are one of my favorite bands. There were things that we referenced that weren’t so much the songs or styles but rather the sonic qualities.

Where there any specific lyrical themes you were hoping to convey on the album?

Matt: Most of the record was written in Europe and I think that you’re always going to be influenced by your surroundings. The last song on the record is called “Vienna” and I wrote that song while sitting in the back of our bus in Austria. I think there’s a British or European kind of influence or theme to it.

Do you see yourself making more music with the Sekrets in the future?

Matt: I do, yes. This record isn’t even out yet, so it’s hard to know. But I’m sure I’ll be continuing to make music in this project.

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Your recent joining with Blink-182 was quite a big deal. Can you discuss the pressure of replacing Tom and performing along with Travis and Mark?

Matt: In the punk rock world, nothing like that has ever happened before. When I was just learning the songs, Mark joked, “Don’t worry, everyone’s just going to be staring at you and judging you.” From the time that they asked me to play with them to the first show, all I did was learn Blink songs. When I would go to the gym, for a run, or a hike, I would go over the set. We decided on the setlist early on in rehearsals so I knew what I would be playing. We rehearsed five days a week. As we got better and the date got closer, I got more comfortable with everything. The pressure was always there but it began to feel like a band rather than I was just replacing Tom.

When I spoke to Travis last month, he described the process as very positive and even considered writing an album with this new lineup. What are your thoughts on that idea?

Matt: I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

As of now, do you view yourself as a permanent member of the band?

Matt: I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell.

Is there any bad blood between you and Tom DeLonge now?

Matt: No, I haven’t been in contact with Tom at all, but we have always been friends and had a good relationship. My role as replacing him in these shows is nothing personal. The guys asked me to play with them and I said absolutely and it was nothing to spite of Tom. Every experience I had with Tom was positive while touring with him in the past. So, there is no bad blood between us, or at least not from my end.

Alkaline Trio released their eighth album, My Shame is True, in 2013. Has the band put any thought towards a follow-up yet?

Matt: Not really, we thought we would take a little break. We don’t want to put out records too often. There’s already so information being pumped into people’s brains everyday that if you start making too many records, people start forgetting with because they have short attention spans. I think it will be awhile before Alkaline Trio makes another record, but we definitely will and I’m sure we’ll discuss it on the next couple tours we’re going on.

Throughout your entire musical career, what personally are some of the most significant events that stand out?

Matt: Over the past twenty years, it has been a series of very pleasant surprises. For Nirvana, Kurt Cobain said that he knew they became superstars when “Weird Al” Yankovic did a spoof of one of their songs. Obviously we’re not on the level of Nirvana, but I think Alkaline Trio made it when Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted us. That was really huge for us. Every time we get on the stage, it is a special moment thanks to our fans. The amount of love and commitment of our fans and following is insane. Having to play with Blink-182 has been amazing. That’s a huge thing for me. But, I love every time I go into the studio or step on stage, whatever band it is.

Are there any collaborations or ambitions you’d like to achieve on your bucket list?

Matt: I feel like so far everything we set out to do so far, we’ve accomplished somehow. There’s things that have happened that are out of our control or meant to be. And there are things that you will to happen and others that happen to you. We’ve had the blessing to work with a lot of amazing people. We asked Keith [Morris] from Black Flag to guest on our record. He’s a huge hero of mine and we’ve been friends since. To put out a record with BYO Records made me realize I could do this. I don’t know what’s next, we don’t have anything written down yet, but I’m sure it’s bound to be great.

Richard Patrick Responds To Scott Weiland, Says He Loves Him

Filter frontman Richard Patrick has responded to former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland releasing a statement regarding Patrick’s recent comments on Weiland’s addiction and unprofessional behavior.

“We all love you. I’m glad you got it together. We were all just really worried about you. Stay positive and best wishes! -RP”

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland released a statement yesterday responding to Richard Patrick recently calling out Weiland for his unprofessional behavior, and saying he hopes Weiland gets sober.

“Hey, Richard — thanks for your thoughts and opinions on my life. Just so you know, and others do as well, I haven’t had a needle in my arm in thirteen years.

“Overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.

“By the way, man, I recall when I DID do drugs, and you were one of the guys getting high with me. It’s behind you, please note and respect that it’s behind me too.

“As for my issues with my former band — just remember the old adage that there are two sides to every story.

“I haven’t been late for a show in a very long time. I have worked hard to be present and on time for my fans.

“I’m not perfect — no one is — but I have worked my ass off to repair the reputation I created by being thoughtless years ago.

“Why you felt the need to attack me is unclear but I am happy to set the record straight.

“Best regards to you.”

Patrick mainly talked about hoping Weiland would get sober, and the needle reference came near the end of his quote. His main discussion regarding Weiland’s present day struggles were in reference to hoping he gets sober, and saying he loves Scott.

Weiland has had self-admitted battles with alcohol in recent years, even writing during a sober period in his 2011 book Not Dead & Not For Sale that he prayed for his sobriety, and wanted to still be sober by the time the book came out. “For years I’ve known goddamn well that I’m a drunk, but who wants to admit that? After kicking the strong stuff, why couldn’t I have a little drink now and then? What harm was there in a small indulgence? The answer was serious harm – potentially fatal harm. For me, putting a drink in my mouth is something like putting a lead blanket over my heart. There’s been so much pain in the past few years that I’m afraid to feel, or commit. I pray that this will end. I don’t want to be alone anymore. I want to be able to love again. The dream of every drunk – to be able to manage their drinking – is one that has died hard for me. My prayer is that. once and for all, that dream is dead. So I’m back to counting days. It’s nearly been two months since I’ve had a drink. By the time you read this book, my hope is that it will be six months.” By the time the book came out, Weiland admitted to Howard Stern that he had gone back to drinking.

Patrick recently discussed Weiland in an interview with Music Frenzy. Filter are currently working on a new album that is being released on PledgeMusic. Below are quotes from the interview, transcribed by Blabbermouth.

“Let’s look at AC/DC. Let’s look at Alice In Chains. People die. Look at how graceful the Deftones were with the death of Chi [Cheng, bass]. And they’re literally saying, ‘The reason why we’re more prolific is ’cause this new bass player is lighting a fire under our ass and making us work harder.’ So you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. You can’t throw the band away because someone just doesn’t want to ever, ever be sober. So you’re gonna let one man’s mental issues…”

He continued: “We all want Scott to be Scott, but Scott’s not even really Scott. I love him, but he’s transformed into a very different person. Bless his heart, and I hope he gets sober and everything. But I was in Army of Anyone for years working on that record and producing it, and I heard a lot of stuff [about what it was like being in a band with Scott].

“When someone shows up an hour and a half late to a show in New Jersey and makes an audience [wait]… All these people wanna go home. All these people that work that, that are the staff of the building, that pavilions out there. They all wanna go home.”

Patrick added: “I don’t work with people that are using. I fire people all the time, because it’s, like, ‘Hey, dude, I know an addict when I see it. And I’m not gonna have a debate with you about whether you’re an addict or not. Only you know you’re an addict, and I just don’t wanna be around it.’ And, you know, thankfully, I’m the frontman and I’m the guy that writes a lot of the music and I’m the guy that sings, so I can have that kind of power.”

“It’s sad that three guys have to sit around and wait for someone to show up to a rehearsal. And they’ve been there for two weeks working, and the singer hasn’t even shown up. And you get onstage and the guy doesn’t even know how to sing his own songs. And it’s pathetic. And it’s sad for everybody.”

“The amount of shit that [the fans] give the band for trying to have a normal life [with a new singer]… When the crowd, especially [for] STP, is the biggest enabler for Scott — when they’re shitting all over Chester, when they’re shitting all over me for being in Army of Anyone, when they’re shitting all over these people that try and just…. You know, the band — Robert, Dean… — and [the fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes. And it’s actually… They’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that, ‘Whatever I did is acceptable. And I can be as high as I want. And I can do as much drugs as I want.'”

He continued: “[Some STP fans say], ‘He’s a badass rock and roll star. You can’t have STP without Scott Weiland.’ Okay, well, you’re gonna get what you want — he’ll be a rock-star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing, and it will be sad, and his kids will be traumatized.”

Patrick added: “It’s bizarre that the biggest enabler for Scott is the audience… at least [as] of a couple of years ago. I don’t know what it’s like now.”

Frances Bean Cobain Rips Tabloids For Insulting Her Looks

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Some tabloid websites insulted Frances Bean Cobain’s looks and fashion sense after her appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. We here at Alternative Nation think that Frances looked beautiful, but Frances has taken to Twitter to hit back at some of these media outlets. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and Paramore’s Hayley Williams responded and supported her.

Smashing Pumpkins To Pay Tribute To Adore On Upcoming Tour

Yesterday, the Smashing Pumpkins announced the Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong acoustic tour, a series of 8 concert dates in the United States before starting their greater North American tour with Marilyn Manson, the Endtimes Tour. Earlier this morning, the headman himself Mr. Corgan gave more details into the happenings of the upcoming setlists being planned for the In Plainsong tour, on twitter. He tweeted saying the middle of the set would feature “Adore-era songs featured as written+surprises”. The full tweet can be viewed below:

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore was released June 2nd, 1998 on Virgin Records, recorded through June 1997 through March 1998, with demos starting in February 1997. The first album to not feature drummer Jimmy Chamberlain after his termination, the album featured Filter’s/Morrissey’s drummer Matt Walker, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron, Beck’s Joey Waronker and especially drum machines and loops filling in on drums. Corgan’s vision for the album was to synthesize folk and electronica, to make a sound both “ancient” and “futuristic”. As the tour’s subtitle is “An Acoustic-Electro Evening”, it would be hard to avoid including Adore-era songs into the set, as the album was the intersection of acoustic and electro music.

The Smashing Pumpkins tour dates for this year are as follows:

The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong – An Acoustic-Electro Evening

6/15 – Buffalo, NY – Riviera Theatre
6/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
6/19 – Tusla, OK – Brady Theater
6/20 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre
6/22 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
6/23 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
6/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre

The Smashing Pumpkins: The Endtimes Tour

7/7 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/9 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (with Marilyn Manson)
7/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/13 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/15 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/16 – Houston, TX – NRG Arena (with Marilyn Manson)
7/18 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum (with Marilyn Manson)
7/19 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live (with Marilyn Manson)
7/20 – New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square (with Marilyn Manson)
7/22 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/24 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (with Marilyn Manson)
7/26 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater (with Marilyn Manson)
7/28 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/29 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (with Marilyn Manson)
7/31 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (with Marilyn Manson)
8/1 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino (with Marilyn Manson)
8/2 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center (with Marilyn Manson)
8/4 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
8/5 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Marilyn Manson)
8/7 – Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (with Marilyn Manson)
8/8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center (with Marilyn Manson)

 

Frances Bean Cobain Discusses The Myth Of Kurt Cobain

Frances Bean Cobain spoke at the Los Angeles premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck last night.

“The reason I’ve been able to watch it six times is because of the film Brett made,” she said of the work, according to Yahoo.

“I didn’t know Kurt,” Frances Bean said of her late father, who died at age 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994. But she added that she feels “very very strongly” that he would be happy with the film if he were here today.

“He was a human being,” Frances Bean continued. “And I think that’s been lost within the romanticism and the myth of him and his story.

“What this movie will provide, hopefully, is a real understanding of who he was. And I feel like he’d be really proud to have this movie made about him. So I’d like to thank Brett a lot,” she concluded as the audience responded with a hearty, respectful round of applause.

Scott Weiland Hits Back At Richard Patrick: ‘I Haven’t Had A Needle In My Arm For 13 Years’

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has released a statement responding to Richard Patrick recently calling out Weiland for his unprofessional behavior, and saying he hopes Weiland gets sober.

“Hey, Richard — thanks for your thoughts and opinions on my life. Just so you know, and others do as well, I haven’t had a needle in my arm in thirteen years.

“Overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.

“By the way, man, I recall when I DID do drugs, and you were one of the guys getting high with me. It’s behind you, please note and respect that it’s behind me too.

“As for my issues with my former band — just remember the old adage that there are two sides to every story.

“I haven’t been late for a show in a very long time. I have worked hard to be present and on time for my fans.

“I’m not perfect — no one is — but I have worked my ass off to repair the reputation I created by being thoughtless years ago.

“Why you felt the need to attack me is unclear but I am happy to set the record straight.

“Best regards to you.”

Patrick mainly talked about hoping Weiland would get sober, and the needle reference came near the end of his quote. His main discussion regarding Weiland’s present day struggles were in reference to hoping he gets sober, and saying he loves Scott.

Weiland has had self-admitted battles with alcohol in recent years, even writing during a sober period in his 2011 book Not Dead & Not For Sale that he prayed for his sobriety, and wanted to still be sober by the time the book came out. “For years I’ve known goddamn well that I’m a drunk, but who wants to admit that? After kicking the strong stuff, why couldn’t I have a little drink now and then? What harm was there in a small indulgence? The answer was serious harm – potentially fatal harm. For me, putting a drink in my mouth is something like putting a lead blanket over my heart. There’s been so much pain in the past few years that I’m afraid to feel, or commit. I pray that this will end. I don’t want to be alone anymore. I want to be able to love again. The dream of every drunk – to be able to manage their drinking – is one that has died hard for me. My prayer is that. once and for all, that dream is dead. So I’m back to counting days. It’s nearly been two months since I’ve had a drink. By the time you read this book, my hope is that it will be six months.” By the time the book came out, Weiland admitted to Howard Stern that he had gone back to drinking.

Patrick recently discussed Weiland in an interview with Music Frenzy. Filter are currently working on a new album that is being released on PledgeMusic. Below are quotes from the interview, transcribed by Blabbermouth.

“Let’s look at AC/DC. Let’s look at Alice In Chains. People die. Look at how graceful the Deftones were with the death of Chi [Cheng, bass]. And they’re literally saying, ‘The reason why we’re more prolific is ’cause this new bass player is lighting a fire under our ass and making us work harder.’ So you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. You can’t throw the band away because someone just doesn’t want to ever, ever be sober. So you’re gonna let one man’s mental issues…”

He continued: “We all want Scott to be Scott, but Scott’s not even really Scott. I love him, but he’s transformed into a very different person. Bless his heart, and I hope he gets sober and everything. But I was in Army of Anyone for years working on that record and producing it, and I heard a lot of stuff [about what it was like being in a band with Scott].

“When someone shows up an hour and a half late to a show in New Jersey and makes an audience [wait]… All these people wanna go home. All these people that work that, that are the staff of the building, that pavilions out there. They all wanna go home.”

Patrick added: “I don’t work with people that are using. I fire people all the time, because it’s, like, ‘Hey, dude, I know an addict when I see it. And I’m not gonna have a debate with you about whether you’re an addict or not. Only you know you’re an addict, and I just don’t wanna be around it.’ And, you know, thankfully, I’m the frontman and I’m the guy that writes a lot of the music and I’m the guy that sings, so I can have that kind of power.”

“It’s sad that three guys have to sit around and wait for someone to show up to a rehearsal. And they’ve been there for two weeks working, and the singer hasn’t even shown up. And you get onstage and the guy doesn’t even know how to sing his own songs. And it’s pathetic. And it’s sad for everybody.”

“The amount of shit that [the fans] give the band for trying to have a normal life [with a new singer]… When the crowd, especially [for] STP, is the biggest enabler for Scott — when they’re shitting all over Chester, when they’re shitting all over me for being in Army of Anyone, when they’re shitting all over these people that try and just…. You know, the band — Robert, Dean… — and [the fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes. And it’s actually… They’re pushing him into his death, because they’re making him believe that, ‘Whatever I did is acceptable. And I can be as high as I want. And I can do as much drugs as I want.'”

He continued: “[Some STP fans say], ‘He’s a badass rock and roll star. You can’t have STP without Scott Weiland.’ Okay, well, you’re gonna get what you want — he’ll be a rock-star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing, and it will be sad, and his kids will be traumatized.”

Patrick added: “It’s bizarre that the biggest enabler for Scott is the audience… at least [as] of a couple of years ago. I don’t know what it’s like now.”

American Wrestlers Release “Kelly” Music Video, Debut Album Out Now

above: Image by Bridgette Imperial.

American Wrestlers is a new project from UK-born, Missouri-based artist Gary McClure. His new self-titled debut was recorded on an 8-track with “the cheapest pawn shop instruments [he] could afford,” after McClure relocated to Missouri to follow his now-wife. Today, the Wrestlers have revealed a Laura Lynn Petrick-directed video for their track “Kelly,” which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, American Wrestlers’ self-titled debut album is out now via Fat Possum Records.

Mac DeMarco Announces New Album ‘Another One’

Nearly a year since the release of his critically-acclaimed Salad Days, Mac DeMarco has announced a new mini-LP project, Another One, set for release on August 7th via Captured Tracks. The new album consists of eight fresh songs written and recorded between tours at his new house in Far Rockaway, Queens. Although the lead single has yet to be revealed, DeMarco’s new album is said to employ a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility,” while resisting a somber feeling and remaining “playful, retaining the guts and soul of classic Mac.”

In addition to the album announcement, DeMarco revealed a “Making Of” teaser trailer, which you can view below. Pre-orders of Another One, which can be made here, will include bonus instrumentals of the album’s eight songs at the time of the album’s release. Tour dates, which include stops at the Pitchfork Music Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands, can be viewed at Rolling Stone.

Tracklist
1 The Way You’d Love Her
2 Another One
3 No Other Heart
4 Just To Put Me Down
5 A Heart Like Hers
6 I’ve Been Waiting For Her
7 Without Me
8 My House By The Water

Nirvana, Slipknot, QOTSA, Blink-182 & Lamb of God Supergroup Releases Debut Song

Teenage Time Killer is a rock/metal/punk supergroup consisting of many diverse and renowned musicians, including Dave Grohl. They will be releasing their debut album titled Greatest Hits Vol. 1 on July 31st via Rise Records. You can pre-order the LP on iTunes by clicking here. The third track off the record was recently revealed. Listen to “Hung Out to Dry” featuring Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, Blatant Disarray’s Mike Schaefer on guitar, and Nirvana/Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on bass below. The entire tracklisting and lineup is also viewable under the video player.

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 tracklisting:
1. Exploder
Vocals: Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity)
Bass: Pat Hoed (Brujeria)
Drums: London May (Samhain, Distorted Pony)

2. Crowned by the Light of the Sun
Vocals: Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Guitar: Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

3. Hung Out to Dry
Vocals: Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
Guitar: Mike Schaefer (Blatant Disarray)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

4. Power Outage
Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore (BL’AST)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

5. Ode to Hannity
Vocals: Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
Bass: Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity)

6. Barrio
Vocals: Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio, Blink-182)
Guitar: Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion)

7. The Dead Hand
Vocals: Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity)
Guitar: Woody Weatherman (Corrosion of Conformity)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

8. Egobomb
Vocals: Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

9. Plank Walk
Vocals: Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Goatsnake, Earthlings?)
Guitar: Greg Anderson (Goatsnake)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

10. Time to Die
Vocals: Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod)
Guitar: Greg Anderson (Goatsnake)

11. Days of Degradation
Vocals: Tommy Victor (Prong, Danzig, Ministry)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

12. Clawhoof
Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)

13. Big Money
Vocals: Lee Ving (Fear)
Guitar/Bass: Pat Smear (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Germs)
Drums: London May (Samhain, Distorted Pony)

14. Devil in this House
Vocals: Karl Agell (Corrosion of Conformity)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)

15. Say Goodnight to the Acolyte
Vocals: Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)
Guitar: Jason Browning (Righteous Fool)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)

16. Ignorant People
Vocals: Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Guitar: Greg Anderson (Goatsnake)
Bass: Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator)

17. Son of an Immigrant
Vocals: Johnny Weber (The Ghost of Saturday Night)
Guitar: Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion)

18. Your Empty Soul
Vocals: Aaron Beam (Red Fang)

19. Bleeding to Death
Vocals: Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith)
Bass: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)

20. Teenage Time Killer
Vocals: Trenton Rogers (Chaotic Justice)
Guitar: Greg Anderson (Goatsnake)
Bass: Pat Hoed (Brujeria)

21. Ode to Sean Hannity (iTunes bonus track)

22. Ignorant People (iTunes bonus track)

23. Time to Die (iTunes bonus track)

24. My Revenge (iTunes bonus track)

Photographer Danny Clinch Talks Hanging Out With Eddie Vedder & Sean Penn, New Shannon Hoon Documentary

As recently reported on the Alternative Nation site, photographer Danny Clinch is currently working on completing the much-talked about film comprised of Hi-8 video footage that late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon shot between 1990-1995 (for which a sneak peak can be viewed here).

Danny was willing to chat with me for the Songfacts site about the Shannon film:

“I knew all the Shannon footage existed, and we decided we would ask Lisa [Shannon’s girlfriend] and Nico [Shannon’s daughter] if we could use this footage that Shannon had shot. She agreed, and we started to look through the footage. And really, it was Brad Smith [Blind Melon’s bassist] who kept saying all along, ‘This should really be a film about Shannon through Shannon’s eyes.’ And we were like, ‘Yeah. This is such a big story.’ At the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that it was a really cool idea. We started to dig through, and really the important thing to us was, ‘Could we sustain the film with just this footage?’ What we realized was that Shannon was a really dedicated filmer – he filmed a lot, and with purpose. I feel like he felt all along that he was going to make a film with it at some point, so we thought that we would oblige him and help him make the film.”

And he discussed photographing other rockers, such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (including the story behind a new famous photo session, of Mr. Vedder holding a ukulele while floating on a paddleboard in a pond – of which the photo above was taken):

“The cover of my book, called Still Moving, is a photo from that session: the cover of his ukulele record. My friend, Gary Ashley – who’s my assistant for over 15 years – we had a conversation of, ‘What was one of the best photo shoots in this book?’ And we had to agree that going to Oahu to hang with Eddie Vedder for three or four days was one of the best shoots ever. It involved going surfing, going paddleboarding, driving around Oahu with Ed in his Jeep to location scout, sitting around at night after the shoots, having a beer with Ed and Sean Penn. It’s like living the dream.”

You can read the rest of the interview (including memories of photo sessions with Neil Young and Tom Waits) by clicking your clicker here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Acoustic Tour Dates

The Smashing Pumpkins have announced the ‘In Plainsong’ tour, a short acoustic US trek throughout the latter half of June. Material during the tour will not only feature Smashing Pumpkins material, but also Zwan and Billy Corgan solo tracks. The alternative group will be joining Marilyn Manson during ‘The End Times’ tour starting in July. You can view all upcoming tour dates below.

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Smashing Pumpkins tour dates:
6/15 – Buffalo, NY – Riviera Theatre
6/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
6/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
6/19 – Tusla, OK – Brady Theater
6/20 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre
6/22 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
6/23 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
6/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
7/7 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/9 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (with Marilyn Manson)
7/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/13 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/15 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/16 – Houston, TX – NRG Arena (with Marilyn Manson)
7/18 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum (with Marilyn Manson)
7/19 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live (with Marilyn Manson)
7/20 – New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square (with Marilyn Manson)
7/22 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/24 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
7/25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (with Marilyn Manson)
7/26 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater (with Marilyn Manson)
7/28 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (with Marilyn Manson)
7/29 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (with Marilyn Manson)
7/31 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (with Marilyn Manson)
8/1 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino (with Marilyn Manson)
8/2 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center (with Marilyn Manson)
8/4 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (with Marilyn Manson)
8/5 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Marilyn Manson)
8/7 – Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (with Marilyn Manson)
8/8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center (with Marilyn Manson)

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Review: Lace Weeper’s ‘As The Crow Flies’ Featuring Nirvana’s Chad Channing

Previously featured on Modern Artists Showcase Volume 19, Lace Weeper is a grunge-inspired alternative rock band located in Wicklow, Ireland. The group released their debut album, As The Crow Flies, last month via M&O Music. The LP was recorded at Silverline Studios and features ex-Nirvana drummer Chad Channing. You can check out Alternative Nation’s review of the album below.

Guitarist Matt Hayward bangs out a heavily distorted riff for the intro of “Hard Sell,” an opener which sets the bar high while establishing the group’s sludgy and melodic identity. But “Pure” is truly where the influences shine through. With vocals resembling the likes of Chris Cornell, this is what Soundgarden’s King Animal should have sounded like. A more straight-forward rock approach is taken for “Escape” as anthemic qualities revolve around the slow-pace build-up on “Catch 22.”  The bass groove by Os Andres revs the rock engine back up for “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” a track laced with grunge aesthetics and in-your-face guitar solos.

“Parhelion” boasts an acoustic and dark, distorted soundscape that transitions to the grime punk and arena rock tones of “The Vice” and “Red Tape” respectively. Vocalist Sebastian Florek continues to impress by hitting a variety of both high and low notes on “In Midst the Water” with a solid rhythm backing. “Seven Dwarves” is introduced with a funky bass progression, yet slithers down to a heavy composition. And it all calms down for “Amend,” a progressive piece accompanied by strings.

With each track showcased, there is a large distinction of resemblance towards the musical greats of the 90’s. While the material on this album may not possess as obvious hooks or choruses, the dynamics and execution is delivered with an impressive sense of urgency and angst. Overall, Lace Weeper’s strong efforts bridge the gap between the Seattle Sound and now, while landing an impactful debut.

Overall score: 7 out of 10

lace weeper You can click here to preview/purchase ‘As The Crow Flies’ on iTunes

Exclusive: NIN, Pixies & AWOLNATION Members Discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Off the heels of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the world has reverted back to 1977, when the storied franchise was on everyone’s minds. Credit it to a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens that even has the most skeptic of fans pumped. We’ve been asking most of our interviewees and staff as of late of their thoughts on the heavily anticipated sequel; hit the jump to hear what members of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Testament, Pixies, and our own humble website have to say.

Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails/Angels & Airwaves drummer) – You know what, it looked really good. I’m really excited about it because Star Wars was an obsession of mine growing up. I went from dinosaurs to Star Wars, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed throughout my life. The original trilogy will always hold a special place in my heart along with most of the population on this globe. Obviously Episodes I, II, & III were disappointments, that were becoming less disappointing as they went on. This new trailer looked really good, and I’m excited for it. It had a darker element which I think is exciting. The prequels were too childish, especially The Phantom Menace!

Joey Santiago (The Pixies guitarist) – Looks awesome! I want to watch it. I haven’t watched any sequels… I watched the movies until those bears came in. What the hell were they called? I thought it was getting too commercial. I thought they were just going to sell dolls… but I’m looking forward to the new one.

Aaron Bruno (AWOLNATION frontman) – So far what I’ve seen is beyond epic and better than I ever imagined. It seems darker and right. I got chills and had a tear in my eye I was so excited! At first, I was gravely disappointed with [the prequels], except III, because you can watch Anakin truly lose his mind. They even suggested some terrible things he did which was hard to sell, but they were true to the story. Darker throughout the whole thing, it was ridiculous. I recently recently got to watch all six of them again, the original trilogy first, obviously, with someone who hadn’t seen them. I’ve been so far removed from the prequels that I was able to enjoy them more now… Darth Maul was an incredible character. I feel like he kind of died in whack way. I don’t like the way they killed him. [Doug points out he was resurrected in The Clone Wars animated series] Oh, yeah?

Eric Peterson (Testament guitarist) – The stuff they can do with movies nowadays… its amazing what they accomplished. I remember in 8th grade when the first Star Wars commercials were on TV and every kid was like “Did you see that?” I’m a huge science fiction fan so I can’t wait. I’m also a huge fan of Vikings, can’t get enough of it.

Waylon Krieger (Actor/Robby Krieger band frontman) – I met George Lucas indirectly once at Skywalker Ranch and was taken back by how humble he was. I only hope they can match episodes IV and V in quality.

Anthony “Tiny” Biuso (Session drummer) – I think it looks great! I think JJ Abrams is the best director choice they could make, because he knows what he’s doing. He is really a fan of that franchise and he definitely knows the genre. The trailer was a little vague, but I think it’s going to be great. I’m a big fan, but the last few movies were just horrible. I liked Return of the Jedi, but I know most people only liked the first two . I like all three of those. They have the bucks to do it. They have the craftsmen and producers to do that movie justice. Movies like that are really made or broke in the editing in the final process . I think Disney… oh what do I know, I’m a ****ing drummer.

Rick Warwick (Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders singer) – I am a Star Wars fan. Funny thing is I haven’t seen them till just a few years ago. I guess it was the punk in me but during the Star Wars crazy when everyone was going nuts for them I had no interest in seeing them. But a few years ago my daughter, who was 4 at the time, saw The Empire Strikes Back  for the first time on TV and fell in love with it. So we got her all six movies and she used to watch them constantly. I would watch them with her and fell in love with them myself. I am excited for the upcoming film. The trailer looks fantastic. We just have to wait and see how it is.

Nick Gray (Noiseheads singer/guitarist) – I’ve been a Star Wars fan forever – was basically my childhood. I think the new movie looks great so far. There are few directors that just know how to make a fun movie, and I think J.J. Abrams is one of them. I’m just hoping William Shatner shows up somewhere.

Ken Faggio (Manga author/Morpheus Descends bassist) –  I like what J.J. Abrams did with the Star Trek movies, so I’m optimistic about it. The fact that he is a fan of the original movies is a good thing, so I think he’ll do them justice, but you’re never going to please everyone. No matter how good something is there will always be someone who has something they don’t like. For every Darth Maul there’s a Jar Jar Binks. I think the biggest problem with Star Wars fans is that they want that same sense of wonder they had when they saw first movie and no matter how good anything is that comes after that, it’s never going to measure up.

Josh Schifris (Lesch-Nyhan drummer) – I honestly flipped! With the first trailer I was a tad disappointed but the second one got me so hyped… not just because Han Solo had the cameo… the deceased Darth Vader, the new TIES and X wings… that awesome looking Sith Lord!

Greg Capra (Striven guitarist/Grunge Metal Graveyard host) – When I first heard the news that Disney haf acquired LucasFilms, I was skeptical. Alright, let’s be real. I’m still skeptical! But with a teaser of the Star Destroyer having crash landed in the desert and Harrison Ford (Just For Men Version) back to kick some ass with Chewbacca, I can’t wait to watch Episode VII on Christmas Day!!

Josh Hadley (Alternative Nation guest contributor/Radiodrome podcast) – It just looks like a sad and vain attempt to fix the massive damage that Lucas did to the franchise and it just comes off as desperate.

Jeremy Neubauer (Rock Show Radio founder/Alternative Nation Radio manager) – I like the Star Trek reboots because I think [JJ Abrams] stayed true to the spirit of Star Trek while still making them ‘modern’, and from the looks of the Star Wars trailers it’s going to be more of the same. As long as there are no characters like Jar Jar Binks, I have no doubt he will succeed!

Brett Buchanan (AlternativeNation.net owner/Darth Vader to Billy Corgan’s Emperor) – Jar Jar should be the Sith Lord guy.

Doug McCausland (The sad individual who wrote this article/Han Solo) – Brett Buchanan kept telling me about how much Attack of the Clones sucked while simultaneously giving me a play by play and telling me how cool every scene was. I think he’s in denial. But yeah, I cried like a baby when Han Solo and Chewbacca showed up.

Riley Rowe (Alternative Nation reporter/Luke Skywalker) – While the hype is out of the roof on this movie, I’m trying to keep my expectations low. This has the potential to be on either side of the spectrum in regards to entertainment and quality. I have respect for JJ Abrams for what he did with the recent Star Trek movies, but he has so many different demographics and audiences to pander to with this one. The fact that Harrison Ford will be in it makes me slightly nervous due to the sub-par last Indiana Jones.

Anthony Carioscia (Alternative Nation metal guru/Greedo) – I think it looks awesome. Getting Star Wars out of Lucas’s hands is what saved the franchise. Now if we ever a movie set in the Knights of the Old Republic timeline, I can die happy.

Travis Weiss (Alternative Nation contributor/R2-D2) –You had my curiosity, now you have my attention”. Also, it was pretty badass to have the wrecked spaceship in the desert.

“Birdman” Dan (Alternative Nation producer/Roargh singer/guitarist/C-3PO) – I am not a fan of Star Wars past the originals.

Austin Eddington (Alternative Nation contributor/Kyle Katarn) – I think that the new style the Empire has going on is pretty cool. They look like they were designed by Apple. Pretty fitting for the bad-guys.

Gabe Brady (Voice actor/Alternative Nation contributor/Lando Calrissian) – I wonder who Luke was talking to in the beginning of the trailer…

Mike Mazzarone (Alternative Nation booking manager/head reporter/Jar Jar Binks) – Uhh, Spock is cool, I guess.

Interviews with Anthony Biuso and Eric Peterson originally conducted by Anthony Carioscia. Quotes range from November 2014 to April 2015. Lord Vader finds Lauren Gornik and Tim Branom's lack of faith.. disturbing. 

Listen To Entire Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Tribute Album

Last month, it was revealed that Robotic Empire will release a tribute album consisting of many modern alternative rock groups covering each track of Nirvana’s Nevermind on Record Store Day. Now that the day has passed, you can stream the entire compilation via the record label’s bandcamp. You can also click here to purchase the digital version on iTunes. All the artists and tracks can be viewed below the bandcamp stream player.

Whatever Nevermind: A Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind tracklisting:
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (covered by Young Widows)
2. In Bloom (covered by Torche)
3. Come As You Are (covered by Kylesa)
4. Breed (covered by Cave In)
5. Lithium (covered by Boris)
6. Polly (covered by La Dispute)
7. Territorial Pissings (covered by White Reaper)
8. Drain You (covered by Circa Survive)
9. Lounge Act (covered by Touche Amore)
10. Stay Away (covered by Wrong)
11. On A Plain (covered by Pygmy Lush)
12. Something In The Way (covered by Nothing)
13. Endless, Nameless (covered by Thou)
14. Even In His Youth (covered by Thou)

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Watch Lyric Video For Paradise Lost’s New Track “No Hope In Sight”

Paradise Lost will be releasing their fourteenth studio album, The Plague Within, on June 1st via Century Media Records. The LP was recorded at Orgone Studios in London with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano. This record marks the follow-up to 2012’s The Tragic Idol. More recently, the death/doom metal group premiered a lyric video for the opener track via Metal Hammer. You can watch the video for “No Hope In Sight” below. Also, view the tracklisting from the upcoming album along with tour dates under the video player.

The Plague Within tracklisting:
1. No Hope in Sight
2. Terminal
3. An Eternity of Lies
4. Punishment Through Time
5. Beneath Broken Earth
6. Sacrifice the Flame
7. Victim of the Past
8. Flesh from Bone
9. Cry Out
10. Return to the Sun

Paradise Lost tour dates:
5/29 – Munich, Germany – Rockavaria
5/30 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Rock Im Revier
7/18 – Bolkow, Poland – Castle Party 2015
8/15 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze