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Below is our complete Roadrunner United news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
A live video of the "Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions" band performing the song "Tired & Lonely" has been posted online at www.fuse.tv/metal (make sure pop-up blocker is off — or hold down "Control"). The group performing in the clip is as follows:
Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) – Drums
Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) - Vocals
Nadja Peulen (COAL CHAMBER) - Bass
Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) - Guitar
Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) - Guitar
Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) - Keyboards More...
Austin Powell of The Daily Texan recently conducted an interview with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn about Robert's contributions to the ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, a collection of original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner Records stars. The short question-and-answer session follows:
Daily Texan: Jeff Waters (guitarist for ANNIHILATOR and solo musician on two of Flynn's tracks [on "The All-Star Sessions" CD], "The Dagger" and "Independent"), goes absolutely off on this album. What was your relationship with him before the project?
Robert Flynn: "We never toured with ANNIHILATOR. That was a little before our time. I actually met him while coming home from England. This guy standing in front of me at customs was wearing an ANNIHILATOR shirt, which is really rare. You just don't see it coming to America, so I was just like 'Are you in ANNIHILATOR?' and he was like, 'Yeah, Robert Flynn?' And I was like 'Yeah,' and we just kind of hit it off from there."
Daily Texan: Waters is definitely an amazing shredder, but let's talk about your guitar work on the album. What brought about that 3-part guitar harmony in "Independent"?
Robert Flynn: The whole concept of that song is loosely based around [late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist] 'Dimebag' Darrell. Around the time of his death this guy named William Grim put out an article on this extremely conservative web site called The Iconoclast entitled, 'R.I.P. Dimebag Abbott and Good Riddance.' It basically called him a scumbag that brought this on himself. It was pretty vile and it was published the day after his murder. I copied it, and sent it to Max Cavalera [SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA], who ended up singing on the track. So the topic of the song is a response to that and three-part guitar harmony was just going for this big, epic guitar-oriented outro piece with piano and strings as a kind of tribute to him."
Daily Texan: How did your track with Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE come about?
Robert Flynn: "I had written the song and it had a killer melodic hook, and I envisioned Howard singing it from the get-go. I thought it would be cool to hear him on 'The More Things Change'-era MACHINE HEAD track. I wrote the vocal melody and lyrics, recorded it and sent it to him. He was originally just supposed to be the singer, but during the course of recording we started messing around with it and I started singing. It kind of just became the 'Ebony and Ivory' of metal music. The whole process was just spontaneous. So much of what you hear is a first take, just this magical moment put to tape."
Roadrunnerrecords.com has the world premiere of the video from Roadrunner United for the track entitled "The End." This song comes captain Dino Cazares. The players:
Matt Heafy ( Trivium ) - vocals
Dino Cazares (ex- Fear Factory ) - rhythm guitar
Nadja Peulen (ex- COAL CHAMBER ) - bass
Roy Mayorga (ex- SOULFLY , MEDICATION , THORN )- drums
Logan Mader (ex- MACHINE HEAD , SOULFLY ) - melodic guitar harmonics
Rhys Fulber ( FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY ) - keyboards, programming
Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions is in stores now.
the year-long, multi-tiered celebration of Roadrunner Records' 25th Anniversary culminates on December 15 when the label will host a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. The show will feature a ROADRUNNER UNITED "house band" comprised of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) on drums, Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) on lead guitar, Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA) on rhythm guitar, and Adam Duce (MACHINE HEAD) on bass, and is shaping up to be a defining event in hard rock history. Special guests, including past and present Roadrunner artists and other metal icons, will join the band onstage to play 20 classic Roadrunner tunes along with a few choice cuts from "The All Star Sessions". Tickets for the concert will be available in the coming weeks.
The label has been celebrating 25 years through the release of several 25th anniversary special editions of landmark Roadrunner records, including classic albums from MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, SEPULTURA, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and others.
October 11 marked the release of a groundbreaking album from ROADRUNNER UNITED, entitled "The All Star Sessions". Created as the ultimate celebration of the label's anniversary, the album features 55 artists from 45 different past/current Roadrunner bands playing 18 original songs written by four chosen captains. It is a true master-class in hard rock/metal that also includes a DVD with a full hour of behind-the-scenes footage on the recording of the album.
The DVD that accompanies the album was shot by Techtonic Rocket Society (CHIMAIRA's "The Dehumanizing Project" DVD) and captures all aspects of the recording of the album through interviews and in-studio footage. It films captains Jordison in Des Moines, IA, Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) in San Francisco, Cazares in Los Angeles and Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM) in Florida. Along with interviews with all four captains, the DVD includes interviews with many of the album's featured artists, including Glen Benton (DEICIDE), King Diamond, Mike D'Antonio (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Dave Chavarri (ILL NINO), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Matt DeVries (CHIMAIRA), Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD), Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY) and many others.
ROADRUNNER UNITED's "The All-Star Sessions" features the first single "The End". Written by Cazares and featuring Heafy on vocals, the song is already catching fire at radio with adds at WBUZ in Nashville, WJJO in Madison, WBZX in Columbus, KILO in Colorado Springs, WIYY in Baltimore and more. Additionally the video for the song debuted on Fuse's "Metal Asylum" on Wednesday, October 12 along with an interview with Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER, Cristian Macado and Dave Chavarri from ILL NINO, Josh Silver from TYPE O NEGATIVE and Cazares. A performance of the Jordison-penned song "Tired & Lonely" which features Jordison on drums, Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) on vocals, Nadja Peulen (ex-COAL CHAMBER) on bass, Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) and Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) on guitars and Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) on keyboards will air on Fuse this Friday, October 14 and include an interview. MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" will premiere the video this weekend.