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Nu-metal band Limp Bizkit is reuniting their original lineup to record a new album and tour worldwide. The original line-up of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Lethal are back from an eight year hiatus. Fred Durst and Wes Borland said in a joint statement:
"We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back."
The guys will kick off a world tour in the Spring on the overseas festival circuit with headline shows sprinkled in throughout Eastern Europe and Europe, selected dates include, in late May, Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic countries where Limp Bizkit has never played before despite huge demand, along with major festivals like Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany. More dates will be announced shortly. A new album, which would be the original group’s first full-length effort since 2000, is also planned.
Limp Bizkit’s first three albums have sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone, and another 13 million in the rest of the world.
The first batch of bands have been announced for Britain's Download Festival. Slipknot appear to be one of the three headliners and will be joined by The Prodigy, Motley Crue, Korn, Dragonforce, DevilDriver and Pendulum. According to Scorpio PR, Limp Bizkit, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, God Forbid, Lamb Of God and Marilyn Manson will also appear at the event.
The lineup for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals are shaping up quite nicely as the organizers have announced some more additions. Korn, Marilyn Manson, Dragonforce and Killswitch Engage have all been confirmed to perform at the festivals, as have the returning Limp Bizkit. Rock Am Ring will be held in the town of Nurburgring and Rock Im Ring will be held in Nurnberg with the shows being held over June 5th-7th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Bring Me The Horizon
Jan Delay & Disko No.1
Middle Class Rut
Peter, Bjorn and John
Scouting For Girls
The Gaslight Anthem
After speaking recently with Bloody-Disgusting.com, shock rocker Marilyn Manson revealed that he is "pretty much finished" with his new studio album and that the album "will be more like 'Antichrist Superstar.'" Every song on the disc was written by Manson with bassist Twiggy Ramirez who rejoined the band back in January. He also revealed the former Limp Bizkit/current Black Light Burns guitarist will only be part of Manson's band for touring purposes only. More news on the album will be reported as soon they are revealed.
Black Light Burns mainman/Marilyn Manson and ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message online regarding the bands new album:
"The new Black Light Burns record is about 90% finished. Nick (Annis) and I are doing some final guitar tracks tomorrow and then we'll polish the mixes. As far as my opinion is concerned, we just topped "Cruel Moody." I'm so excited for you guys to hear this... we might have to put some songs up soon. We're currently booking shows for January-February 2009 in the U.S. with Combichrist. A few more possible engagements have presented themselves before next year, but we'll have to wait and see how things turn out. I can't wait to come over to Europe and Japan. So much is happening. Excited."
Marilyn Manson has announced the addition of Black Light Burns/ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland to his touring and recording band. You can check out the announcement below.
Wes Borland initially found fame as the facepainted guitarist for controversial rap metallers Limp Bizkit but left after the bands smash hit album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water," though rejoined the band to record 2006's "The Unquestionable Truth- Part 1." He has since left the band again and is said to be on bad terms with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. More...
Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto (cousin of Limp Bizkit bassist Sam Rivers) is offering private lessons which will cost $150 for beginner lessons and $200 for private lessons. For more information visit www.myspace.com/john_otto_lessons. More...
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer will release the debut album from his new project, dubbed FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, on August 8 via Munky's own label, Emotional Syphon Recordings.
The band features Munky on guitar and vocals; Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE) on bass; Wes Borland (BLACK LIGHT BURNS, LIMP BIZKIT) on guitar; Brooks Wackerman (BAD RELIGION, TENACIOUS D) on drums and percussion; Leopold Ross on programming and guitars; and Zach Baird on keyboards and programming. The album will be produced by Shaffer, Ross, and Jim Monti, with additional production by Tim Harkins and Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS).
Acclaimed producer Ross Robinson (SLIPKNOT, KORN) comments: "What can I do to ever come close to feeling James's level of pure ruthless courage through a guitar? Since I've worked with him, I've tried to inspire, convince, beg, bleed, cry, prod and nearly die, hoping to hit that bar with others. I'm grateful to know what 'it' is, and where it always exists — in my brother, James. His solo band? Yes, please!"
The songs are being recorded at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood, California, with Jim Monti handling the mixing duties.
According to a press release, FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM is "an exciting project that opens up the boundaries of rock, harkening back to the days when music was fearless."
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/fearandthenervoussystem.
Drummer Marshall Kilpatric, formerly of Today Is The Day, and most recently of The Esoteric, has officially joined Black Light Burns, an alternative outfit fronted by Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit fame. The band also features Danny Lohner (A Perfect Circle). You can check out the group on their MySpace page. The Esoteric officially announced Kilpatric's departure in early-January. Kilpatric has issued the following statement:
"I have officially joined Black Light Burns. For anyone not in the know, it is rounded out by Wes Borland, Danny Lohner, and Nick Annis. I am very excited and eager to begin a new chapter amongst artists who I consider innately talented and highly accomplished. I feel as though I finally have found a group comprised of artisans in a dying age where integrity, initiative, and risk are taken for granted and traded for instant gratification and comfort. I cannot wait for everyone to hear, see, and experience what is in store with us. For everyone who has stood by me and been there along the way for all of the obstacles and difficulty, thank you."
Black Light Burns will release their debut album 'Cruel Melody' on May 22nd.
Just For Fun
Two hard rockers - who happen to be the butt of many jokes in the metal community - have made Blender's "Worst Onstage Meltdowns" list (in the August edition).
When Metallica's 2003 Summer Sanitarium tour arrived in Chicago, few of the 40,000 headbangers gathered at Hawthorne Racecourse were keen to see openers limpbizkit. Possibly incited by a feud between bizkit frontman Fred Durst and local shock-jock Erich “Mancow” Muller, the crowd held up signs reading “Fred Sucks” and pelted him with garbage and coins. Dodging the barrage of detritus, Durst suggested that the audience's lousy aim explained why the local baseball teams were so bad — ironically, he was then struck squarely in the balls by a lemon. Calling the set to an early end, Durst berated the crowd from the wings, boasting that limpbizkit was the greatest band in the world, until his microphone was taken from him.
Shame Scale (7 out of 10)
Messianic Creed singer Scott Stapp seemed over-refreshed before playing Chicago's Allstate Arena on December 29, 2002, possibly due to a cocktail of Jack Daniel's, Xanax and an anti-inflammatory steroid he'd been taking for his throat. After performing five songs, Stapp wandered off stage, and guitarist Mark Tremonti went backstage to look for him. He found the singer resting on a couch, apparently convinced he'd played a full set. Persuaded to return to the stage, Stapp removed his shirt and shoes before falling backwards over a monitor. He then got up and sang the wrong words to crowd favorites “Higher” and “Arms Wide Open.” Four fans later sued the band, demanding the entire audience be refunded.
Shame Scale (8 out of 10)
Read the full article at Blender.
POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's as-yet-untitled fifth album, which they're hoping to release in early 2006.
Spider said the LP, which the band is self-producing, will have an "under-produced," stripped-down sound. "We're leaving in the mistakes," he said. "Kids aren't hearing those kinds of records any more — like the SEX PISTOLS — where things are out of tune, there are mistakes. Nowadays, everything's lined up to a grid on ProTools, and everyone's vocal is tuned to the perfect pitch. That's not what rock music should be."
"Every rock band comes out and makes that statement, you know, that this is going to be our heaviest album ever. I hate that. For me, I want to make the best record we can make — whether it's heavier or not, doesn't matter. Some of it will be supper-aggressive, some of it won't be."
Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2003's "Transform" include "Heroes and Villains", "The Last Night on Earth" and "Treat Me Like a Stranger".
"We came out during the nü-metal explosion, and now, people talk about us in the same sentence as LIMP BIZKIT and sh--," Spider said. "We sort of got trapped in a world that we didn't belong in. We were put in a category with bands that I never really felt comfortable being compared to. But sometimes you find you get on this path and it takes you somewhere you didn't necessarily ever expect to be. So for me, this new record is going to be a statement. It's probably the record I should have made 10 years ago, the one that says, 'This is who I am, musically, and this is where my head is at.' "
Launch Radio Networks reports: With his second movie, "The Devil's Rejects", opening in July and a new studio album still to be completed, you might think Rob Zombie has enough on his plate. But instead, Zombie is also headlining the second stage of Ozzfest 2005. The rocker-turned-filmmaker told Launch why he decided to spend his summer on the road. "The timing was good, because the movie will be completely done," he said. "There'll be nothing more to do and I'll have enough time where I wouldn't jump into the next thing yet. And the main thing was just the idea of headlining second stage, is what really attracted me."
Ozzfest 2005 begins on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Written and directed by Zombie, "The Devil's Rejects" is a loose sequel to his 2003 directorial debut, "House Of 1000 Corpses". The film opens in theatres on July 22.
Zombie recently told Rolling Stone that he'll finish his new album this fall after Ozzfest is over. Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese.
"It's called 'Hurry Up and Finish It'," jokes Rob Zombie of his in-progress third album. The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" features the shock rocker backed by an all-star band: guitarist Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and bassist Chris Chaney (ex-Jane's Addiction).
"It's very raw and very live," says Zombie. He's worked up about twenty-five songs for the album so far and plans to return to the studio in the fall when he finishes his stint on this summer's Ozzfest.
Zombie most recently took the stage for the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's tenth anniversary. Fronting Los Angeles cover band Camp Freddy, he did a version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." "I've never done a Ramones song before," says Zombie, who hosted last year's star-studded tribute to the groundbreaking punk rockers in L.A. "It's kind of weird, because [late Ramones guitarist] Johnny was my best friend."
The rocker-turned-filmmaker's second movie, "The Devil's Rejects," hits theaters July 22nd. The sequel to Zombie's 2003 blood-soaked "House of 1000 Corpses" stars William Forsythe as a vigilante sheriff on the trail of the murderous Firefly family. Unlike the first installment, which featured an original soundtrack by Zombie, this slasher will showcase the rootsy stylings of the Allman Brothers and Lynryd Skynyrd.
The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:
In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?
The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.
Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.
As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.
There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.
Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox
Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.
Just For Fun
LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has refuted Internet reports that his recently leaked hardcore sex video was the work of the same hacker as the one responsible for hacking Paris Hilton's T-Mobile Sidekick.
"If you look on Paris' thing, I don't use T-Mobile," Durst told MTV News. "No, no, [my listing in her Sidekick] is just old, years old. Somebody that was repairing my computer was smart enough to go through anything he could [and found the movie]. What can I say? I'm not proud of it.
"Everyone, probably everyone in this building, has done something similar to what I did, and nobody cares about it," he added. "But if you're high-profile, or on someone's radar ... then it matters. What happens to me happens to me, and I have to live with it and go on."
Durst said he's been contacted by at least one company seeking his cooperation in selling the video.
"When those things happen to people, there are companies that approach you, say, 'Hey, man, you wanna make some money off this? People are gonna see it anyway,' " Durst explained. "I said, 'Absolutely not, I don't wanna make any money of this. This is ridiculous.' So when you see [celebrity sex tapes] out there with big company names on them, you can know people gave them permission to release it."
David Hans Schmidt, a Phoenix-based publicist who has represented celebrities in the selling of nude photos in the past, said the thieves contacted him in September and he's been negotiating with them and Durst's agents ever since.
"I was close to turning something illegal into something legal and then these hackers reneged and went out and put the tape on World Wide Web along with my home telephone number," Schmidt said. "Now we're gonna get 'em. Government agencies are meeting with me this weekend."
Just For Fun
Fred Durst has little to do with metal these days, but seeing how he is the whipping boy of nu-metal (Limp Bizkit are arguably not even that), this was too good a story to pass up:
Hackers claim to have broken into the T-Mobile Sidekick of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and stolen a risque video he had stored on it. The video, featuring Durst's trademark tattoos, voice, and a shot of his face, shows the singer videotaping himself having intercourse and receiving oral sex with an unidentified female.
Gossiplist.com supposedly obtained a link to the site where the video is posted for download, though it's only available to paid members.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Happy new beginnings to the [Limp Bizkit] army. A reality check for the posers is what 2005 has in store. Fuck them all.
"When I say posers, I don't exactly mean haters. We are all haters in some form and display this at some point in our lives.
"Posers, to me, are people who are doing things in their lives, specifically making music for the masses without it being honest and consisting of what they are truly about inside themselves, but more like a half-assed attempt to create a formula that displays their true colors aren't so true.
"Quality of music or the success of a band does not determine whether someone is a poser to me personally. It's when you know in your heart that someone's shit is as phony as a fucking three-dollar bill.
"Regardless of being liked or disliked, even hated, I can sleep at night knowing I've always been true to what I feel inside and have never gave a shit about what anyone thinks about it. I'm on my own path and have stayed true to my heart my whole existence. I also don't believe someone is a poser when they have an identity crisis and are only trying to find their way to get to the next level of their life.
"But this is all my perspective and I am an individual with my own views and perceptions. So don't confuse what I am saying and think my revenge has anything to do with haters and those who don't understand Limp Bizkit and myself.
"I told you I think it's cool to be a hater because I happen to be one myself. Clarity is on my side right now and remember, beauty is through the eye of the beholder.
LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland has uploaded a "new" BIG DUMB FACE track, entitled "Darkness Becomes", at his official web site. Download it at this location.
BIG DUMB FACE, which consists of Wes, his brother, and a group of pre-LIMP BIZKIT friends, released their debut album, "Duke Lion Fights The Terror", in March 2001.
At the time of the album's release, Borland acknowledged that recording the strange and self-proclaimed "stupid" songs of BIG DUMB FACE actually helped him in his bread-and-butter band.
"I think it really helps me in LIMP BIZKIT as well because it keeps me fresh and keeps me writing," he told Launch. "In LIMP BIZKIT, it helps me to write stuff that isn't what I would have written, I guess, if I was just thinking, 'What should the next LIMP BIZKIT song be that I write?' instead of, 'What would be a great song that we can make into a LIMP BIZKIT song?' It just keeps me fresh."
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Deep in the mountains is where we have landed to explore our fears and confront the obstacles that lye [sic] before us. I have separated myself from the over stimulation Los Angeles, or any other populated city, can bring. There are no sounds of traffic, police sirens, and airplanes in the air. There are no chain restaraunts, bars, and clubs around. There are only the mountains and they have their own sounds. These monstrous beings seem to be protecting the silence that lives under the trees and it is very moving in a horrific way. Even though the man made clutter is gone from most of these parts the silence becomes so loud and intense that you realize there is life out here more powerful than you could ever imagine. I grew up in the mountains and through the years I've lost my perspective along the way and ended up in the metropolis of stimulation. I am grateful to have gone full circle at this moment in my life and found myself right back in the enviornment that my life was based upon. It becomes a part of the blood running through your veins and never really leaves. Your mind becomes stimulated by the freedom to explore the forbidden chambers inside and the level of what was once considered sanity is now balanced by useful insanity. A fine line of reference for someone in my shoes having accepted the cards I've been delt. The music coming from this studio is relentless to say the least. It speaks loudly and clearly to the demons inside of me and the rest of the band from the feel of things. The honesty in the music we are making is so raw and pounding that I feel like it demands my attention and challenges me to rationalize with what the truth to me really is today. I am living in the now and can only know what is when it is. Limp Bizkit has, in no way, never been more relentless and in your face until right now. Time to buckle up."
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on the band's web site:
"We're packing up and heading north to record a new album. Los Angeles is too comfortable for us, so we have to leave our everyday lives behind. This music is hungry for our blood, and we have to feed it what it wants. The gear's in the road cases, the trucks are being loaded, and the absentee ballots are in the mail. We have about two months before the holidays hit. Do you think we can hammer it out before Christmas? We'll see. Let's get down to brass tacks here. I've been gone for a long time. I don't regret anything that's happened over the past 3 years. It couldn't have happened any other way. I had some time to explore some other things, and after searching I came to the conclusion that this band was not an accident. There is a chemistry here that I haven't found anywhere else. There's an intention and an electricity that exists which is bigger than the individual members, despite their differences. We're very excited about the music we are writing at the moment, and we are very grateful that we get the chance to do this again with our friend Ross Robinson on board. We'll be updating the site more and more as the record progresses, and posting new pictures from the studio as we take them. The amount of support from the fans of this band is staggering. I can't wait to get back out on the road next year. I'm picking up my suitcase and walking out the door."