ALLEN/LANDE Guitarist/Producer Magnus Karlsson Runs Through The Revenge, Track By Track
Magnus Karlsson – songwriter, guitarist and producer of the forthcoming second album from ALLEN/LANDE, The Revenge due out on Frontiers Records on May 11th – has issued the following track by track comments on the songs featured on the album:
‘The Revenge': “This is the first song I wrote for this album. I wanted to write something that invites the listener to an album that continues were The Battle ended but at the same time take it to another level. It’s not only in the song writing you can hear the difference, both Jörn and Russell shows a more powerful and rougher side this time.”
‘Obsessed': “My favourite at the moment. A heavy one with Russell on the vocals. The singers got to choose what solo songs they wanted to do and I must say this was a perfect pick for Russell. He sounds greater than ever : ) .”
‘Victory': “I didn’t think much of this song in the beginning but it came out as one of the best songs in the end (it happens quite often). A duet that starts with a little beep rhythm that the whole song is built around.”
‘Master Of Sorrow': “This is simply the best ballad I ever written and Jörn does an outstanding job on the vocals. I was sure Jörn was going to choose this one and he did : ) It is made for his voice.”
‘Will You Follow': “I wanted to do something like ‘Hunters Night’ from The Battle and this is it. A up tempo song with Russell.”
‘Just A Dream': “A duet with a progressive touch. This is not meant to be a progressive album at all but sometimes I can’t help myself. I love to mix in acoustic instruments in a heavy song and this is a good example of that.”
‘Her Spell': “A up tempo solo song with Jörn that almost has a power metal sound in the chorus. I prefer to not talk to much about my lyrics but I must mention that this one have to do with marriage… and I wouldn’t let my wife hear it : ) .”
‘Gone Too Far’: “Also a real favourite with Russell. This is far away from the style we are used to hear Russell in but he does this style fantastic as well.”
‘Wake Up Call': “This duet came out great. I love it when the singers sound this angry. You can hear some Celtic influences here. If you don’t wake up to this one I don’t know what to do : ) .”
‘Under The Waves': “A heavy song with Jörn. A great example of mixing soft piano with heavy guitars that I like so much.”
‘Who Can You Trust': “I have listened a lot to Within Temptation lately and got inspiration to do a really heavy song with a lot of choirs and strings like they have. It didn’t end up sounding like them but that’s how I got started.”
‘When Time Doesn’t Heal': “The second ballad on this album that is a duet. Once more Jörn and Russell shows that they can sing what style they want and it always sounds fantastic. I wanted to have a lot of acoustic guitars on this album but I’m afraid that the most of them ended up on this song.”
Streaming of four songs from the album can be heard at this location.
GUNS N’ ROSES-Influenced “Mr. Brownstone” Among Titles Of “Poison Plays” Penned By Virginia Tech Assassin
New York Post has issued the following report from Leela de Krester and Kate Sheehy:
He penned venomous plays featuring a sicko stepdad and “satanic” teacher he wanted to kill – prompting spooked students to dub him a potential “school shooter” last fall.
“I was even thinking of scenarios of what I would do in case he did come in with a gun, I was that freaked out,” said former student Ian MacFarlane, who took a playwriting class with Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui.
“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of.”
One of the killer’s plays was titled “Mr. Brownstone”, after a druggie GUNS N’ ROSES song sung by Axl Rose on the heavy-metal group’s album Appetite for Destruction. The play centers on three kids’ hatred for an “old, evil” teacher who they say “rapes” students.
Another of Cho’s plays is named “Richard McBeef,” after one of its main characters: a 40-year-old man accused by his stepson, “John,” of murdering the boy’s father to marry his mother – and who then tries to sexually abuse the kid.
“What are you, a Catholic priest? I will not be molested by an aging, balding, overweight pedophilic stepdad named Dick!” John rages.
“Damn you, you Catholic priest. Just stop it, Michael Jackson. Let me guess, you have a pet named Dick in Neverland Ranch and you want me to go with you to pet him, right?”
John’s mother, “Sue,” is portrayed as a pathetic, dimwitted housewife who immediately takes the side of her son and rails at her new husband.
“Are you a bisexual psycho rapist murderer . . . Don’t kill me!” she screams.
Toward the end, John, “in his room, smiles and throws darts on the target that is the face of Richard.”
“I hate him. Must kill Dick. Must kill Dick. Dick must die,” John furiously mutters. “You don’t think I can kill you, Dick? You don’t think I can kill you? Gotcha. Got one eye . . . Got the other eye.”
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HELLYEAH‘s self-titled debut album has sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES shifted almost 11,000 copies of “Holding a Wolf by the Ears” to land at No. 73.
A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s “You Wouldn’t Know” video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished “You Wouldn’t Know” video is available for viewing at this location.
HELLYEAH is the new band featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. The group will hit the road beginning around May 20 with dates in the U.S. before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year’s Download festival.