PHOTO GALLERY: Faith No More @ Soundwave 2015

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’re probably aware of what a huge Faith No More geek I am, so I was super excited to get to photograph the band at Soundwave yesterday (and to interview Billy Gould today for Australian Guitar magazine). Here are some of my shots. Faith No More’s new album Sol Invictus is released on May 19.

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Faith No More Confirms New Album!

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WOO! As a huge Faith No More fan this news has totally made my day/week/month/year/decade. Faith No More’s Billy Gould has confirmed to Rolling Stone that the band is making a new album for release in 2015. In fact, he says they’re pretty far into the process already, and it’ll be released on the band’s own label,¬†Reclamation Records, which will be distributed via vocalist Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings. The first single from the album will be a studio version of the song “Motherfucker” (which they debuted at London’s Hyde Park in July), which¬†will be released on a seven-inch and limited to 5,000 copies as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday (November 28). Read More …

INTERVIEW: Korn’s James ‘Munky’ Shaffer

Korn are one of the few bands of the Nu Metal era to have endured. Not only does their original breakthrough material still hold up despite the decade and a half of imitators, they also manage to maintain a sense of vitality in their newer material. Just look at last year’s Korn III: Remember Who You Are. It was a dirty, raw, powerful, vital album at a time when bands often become complacent. But complacency isn’t in Korn’s vocabulary. Their latest, The Path Of Totality, finds them pairing up with various dubstep and electronica producers to put a heavily neo-industrial spin on their established bottom-heavy rhythmic drive. But The Path Of Totality isn’t the only new release that Korn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer is involved in. He recently – finally – released the debut self-titled album by his long-planned solo project, Fear and the Nervous System, a band which features Faith No More bass player Billy Gould, drummer Brooks Wackerman, and Repeater vocalist Steve Krolikowski.

How did the collaborations on The Path Of Totality happen? Did you work together in the studio? Did you send off recorded parts?

It was kind of mixed up. We started out with Skrillex and we worked in the studio with him on the first track, which was ‘Get Up.'” So we were actually working with him in person. And also with Downlink and Excision. Noisia, those guys are from the Netherlands so we just send tracks through the air. They sent them back and Jonathan (Davis, vocals) was in communication with them. So it was kinda different with each artist and producer.

It must have been a cool challenge to figure out exactly where the guitar would fit amongst all the other stuff going on.

I mean, on a lot of the tracks it seemed really like ‘Where am I gonna put the guitar? Where is it gonna fit?’ And it was challenging for me. Rhythmically it was really kinda busy and I was trying to find the right space and the right notes. It’s like a boxing match – you bob and weave to sort of get your punch in there.

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