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  • IN FLAMES' ANDERS FRIDÉN Says He Is 'Fully Aware' Of Haters
    Posted on October 23, 2016 at 12:26

    Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the difference between the band's forthcoming "Battles" album and 2014's "Siren Charms": Anders: "I'd say the main difference is that it's recorded in the sun, in California, instead of the winter in Berlin. That's a big difference. I really believe the environment… it gets to you, somehow. That's really what we were after when we went to Berlin, but now we wanted something else. Yes, I felt different. I felt different in the end. In Berlin, I put myself in a position where I thought that would give me a creative outlet or that's what I wanted to do. Now, I put myself in a different situation. Also, me and Björn [Gelotte, guitar] worked way closer than we've done in the past. The music was done in one corner, the vocals in one corner and we met in the mix. Now, because we worked with Howard Benson, he produced the album, he wanted demos. We haven't really done proper demos before; now we had to create demos for all the songs because he wanted to know what we wanted to say and feel. Basically, what do you want to say with the songs? We had to write proper demos. That meant we were already happy in our little world before we started recording. There were no surprises with the final results. In the past, I'd lay down the vocals and the other guys would hear it and I'd hope they like it. Most of the times, they did, but sometimes, it would take them some time. Now, we were all on the same level. It's a different approach this time. " On the continual changes to IN FLAMES' sound: Anders: "Of course if you listen to [1994's] 'Lunar Strain' and jump directly into 'Battles', they sound different. They do. But I believe if you listen to 'Battles' and 'Siren Charms' and go back through our 12 albums, you'll find something significant for being IN FLAMES. Like I said, we won't write as much in between [albums]. We're not constantly writing; things definitely happen. We don't want to do the same thing again and again." On if he pays attention to "haters": Anders: "I hear it. People like you bring it up in interviews. I don't search for it, no. But I'm fully aware of it. As soon you sign a record deal and put your album out, then you're open for grabs. People can say and are entitled to say what they want. It doesn't really affect me. At the end of the day, I'm happy with the results. And the ones that are angry, mad, and dislike it, I can't go home to them and say, 'You should like me because I put so much energy…' There's no point. I can't do anything about it. I don't write music for first and foremost for anybody else but me." On the suggested use of child vocals on the song "The Truth": Anders: "Some people think it's kids, but they are 25-year-old girls and two boys as well who have a high pitch. For 'The Truth', where they are sort of portraying... the song is how kids are the most honest we have until they get programmed by society. We wanted them to portray that. Obviously, they sound like kids, but they're not. It's almost like PINK FLOYD on 'The Wall' where the kids are going up against the establishment. This is more like where I question, 'How can we on one hand come up all these things to destroy and kill each other, and at the same time look at our kids and say 'Better stay in school, eat your breakfast, brush your hair, and be nice to your neighbor.' On the other hand, we are like, 'I want to kill him!' They are that voice. It really worked really well so we can use them for other songs where it gives my vocals a different dimension." "Battles" will be released on November 11 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S. […]

  • ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Has Changed His Tune About SPOTIFY: 'It's The Best Thing Ever'
    Posted on October 23, 2016 at 11:58

    Scott Ian says that he has "embraced Spotify" after initially being against the streaming-music service. Streaming-music services have gotten a lot of criticism for how little they pay artists for their music. Taylor Swift has been one of the most recognizable and vocal artists speaking out against how streaming services like Spotify treat musical artists. The ANTHRAX guitarist joined Swift in speaking out against Spotify last year when he said that "we should be being paid more for our streams" and claiming that services like Spotify had "really devalued music." But now, in a brand new interview with Alternative Press conducted at this weekend's Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, Ian revealed that he has changed his mind about Spotify, calling the streaming-music service "the best thing ever." Asked for his opinion on the different ways people consume music in 2016, Ian said: "I don't care how people get their music — I don't care — as long as they're not stealing it. So, really, it doesn't matter to me if you're listening to vinyl or you're streaming; I don't care. I'm not one of these people anymore that is against technology or the future. I was [against it] until I found out how our deal actually worked with things like Spotify. I was actually criticizing out of ignorance about two years ago. And then I learned how things were working specifically for us. I don't know how it works for every band, but I got educated and I embraced Spotify big time after that." He continued: "I look at it this way: as long as a band is getting paid for what they do, I don't care how people get their music; it doesn't matter to me… however you enjoy it. At home now, I'm pretty much… We have music on… If we're awake, there's music on in the house, and it's generally Spotify through out Sonos system, so you've got music in every room, and it's Spotify, so you can hear whatever you want at any given time, because it has everything. It's the greatest. [Laughs] Oh my God! It's the best thing ever." Ian chastised fans last year for not buying music in greater quantities, explaining that "albums couldn't be cheaper. You could buy a brand new album, let's say on iTunes, you could buy a brand new CD for ten dollars. I mean, it wasn't that long ago where you had to go to, let's say, Virgin Megastore, which used to be everywhere. Albums back then in the States, a brand new CD would cost you at least seventeen dollars. That's not even including the gas to get there in your car, paying for parking sometimes. Now you could just sit at home and pay ten dollars. It's never been cheaper, and people still have a problem with that, apparently, because they'd rather steal it or stream it." He added that while he thought the "streaming model" was "definitely cool," he hoped that "it could get sorted out for bands where bands are getting more than their share that they're getting now, let's put it that way — more of a fair share of the cut, anyway. Because I think streaming is a good model; it just… the business end of it, I think, needs to be worked out." ANTHRAX's latest album, "For All Kings", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, ANTHRAX was last in the top 10 back in 1993 with "Sound Of White Noise", which debuted and peaked at No. 7. "For All Kings" also gave ANTHRAX its largest sales week for an album since "Sound Of White Noise"'s second week on sale (40,000; it debuted with 62,000). "For All Kings" is ANTHRAX's first studio album since 2011's "Worship Music" (No. 12 peak with 28,000 sold in its first week) and follows the 2013 covers set "Anthems" (No. 52; 8,000 sold in its debut frame). "For All Kings" also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada, and landed at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, on the U.S. and Canada's Top Current Albums charts. Additionally, "For All Kings" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the Independent Albums chart, No. 4 Physical Albums, and No. 5 Vinyl Albums chart. SoundExchange Presents APTV at AftershockAPTV’s Stevie James with Scott Ian of Anthrax at Aftershock Festival!Posted by Alternative Press on Saturday, October 22, 2016 […]

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