Five Finger Death Punchfrontman Ivan Moody tells us he doesn't want to put a date on when the band will deliver another album. He says he's "honestly, at this point, unsure. It's when it comes and when it comes naturally."
As for what that album might sound like, he assures us that they're not looking to make major alterations. "If the machine's not broken, don't fix it. We're not changing anything...At this point, it's what we are, it's who we are, it's how we write. It's accepted or it's not."
Chino Morenonot only has a new Deftones album coming out this year, he'll be releasing an album with a new side project. Palms features Moreno fronting three former members of the band Isis. There's no release date yet for the untitled album. It will be put out by Ipecac Recordings, the label run by Faith No More singer Mike Patton.
One of the chiefs behind the controversial Tupac hologram says he'd love to bring back big rock icons in the digital interactive format in the future.
Crowds at the Coachella Festival were shocked earlier this month when a computer-generated version of the rapper, murdered in 1996, performed on stage with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.
But Sanj Surati of Musion Technology tells the NME: "Putting Elvis on stage with Justin Bieber would be a cool thing." Asked who else he'd like to bring back he says: "Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain – and Michael Jackson would be the ultimate one. This is obviously a historic and exciting initiative."
SLASH IS DONE WITH GUNS AND ROSES
Less than two weeks after Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Slash has offered his thoughts on the event.
Speaking with Rolling Stone from Europe, where he continues his worldwide promotion of the May 22 release of his sophomore solo album, "Apocalyptic Love," the guitarist talked openly about his pre- and post-induction impressions and that the Rock Hall experience has brought some closure for Slash.
"Yeah, I think it did that for all of us. I didn't have any illusions or delusions of GNR getting back together for anything," he says. "I maybe tried to see it happen for this one particular event, I didn't have high hopes for that, I didn't feel confident it was going to happen, but having done this one gig, and for the event itself, when it was all said and done, it really felt like closing the book on the whole thing."
IRON MAIDEN MAY TAKE A DIFFERENT DIRECTION
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith says the band might abandon their recent trend of writing long prog-rock style tracks, and return to creating material that could be released as singles.
Maiden's 15th studio release, 2010's The Final Frontier, featured 10 tracks of which The Alchemist was the shortest at 4.29 – but the average song lasted 7.40 with When The Wild Wind Blows clocking in at 10.59.
Smith says he's not sure how that happened, but it might be because he, Dickinson and bassist Steve Harris stopped composing separately. He tells VH1's That Metal Show: "On the last couple of albums Steve, Bruce and me have written together, which is a new thing. Steve used to bringing three, four, five completed songs. But now he's doing more arranging, production, overseeing. We sit down and write, and that's reflected in the slightly different stuff."
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