When asked for his thoughts on “Lulu”, METALLICA‘s collaborative album with former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed, Alice said, “It’s such an odd combination that I really wanna hear it, because I love Lou Reed and I love METALLICA. I would like to have been a fly on the wall when somebody said, ‘Why doesn’t Lou Reed and METALLICA get together and make an album?’ ‘Cause I would have gone, ‘What?’ It’s like Iggy Pop making a record with ABBA. You’re sitting there going, ‘Where’s the connection here?’ [Laughs] So I really wanna hear it. Lou Reed‘s lyrics are as dark as can be. And METALLICA is this gigantic, steroid metal band. How does this gel? I can’t wait to hear it.”
Alice Cooper‘s new album, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper‘s previous CD, 2008’s “Along Came A Spider”, opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53.
Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum “Welcome To My Nightmare” album in 1975, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
That original album is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special and cemented Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theater, television, film and much more.
San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING have released the video for their cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Electric Eye”. The clip was filmed with director Paul R. Brown (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) at El Mirage Lake, a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California.
“After a long day of sunburns and drought out in the desert, [I was] glad to be done fighting scorpions for the filming of ‘Electric Eye’,” said AS I LAY DYING vocalist Tim Lambesis. “We came out victorious, but we probably couldn’t have done it without the classic metal inspiration of Halford and PRIEST’s legendary guitar melodies.”
AS I LAY DYING‘s version of “Electric Eye” is featured on the band’s latest release, the “Decas” EP — a collection of new tracks, covers, remixes
and more — which sold 9,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 61 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort
reached No. 2 on the iTunes Rock chart.
iTunes also offered a free track (“Paralyzed”), which was downloaded by a staggering 125,000 people in one week.
Meant to tide fans over until the release of the band’s hotly anticipated new studio LP (due for release next year), the “Decas” EP marks AS I LAY DYING‘s decade of making music and features three new songs, three cover songs, remixes, and more.
Commented AS I LAY DYING vocalist Tim Lambesis: “We wanted to at least do an EP when the idea first came up. We were touring at the time and knew we wouldn’t have time to put together an entire album of new material.
“‘Decas’ literally means ten, and to me it is a collection of songs to celebrate our ten-year anniversary as a band.
“We were able to round up three new songs that we felt represented the different sides to our band. There’s a song you’d generally expect from us, one on the heavier side, and then one of the most melodic songs we’ve ever done. We took a similar approach on the cover songs. We wanted one song that represented a thrashier, heavier influence.
“Interestingly enough, we were asked to do a SLAYER cover song with an anti-war theme for a video game months earlier, so that worked out perfectly. Next, we represented the melodic guitar influence with JUDAS PRIEST who is responsible for starting much of that within metal. Lastly, I came up with the idea to do a simple, raw, energetic song that was outside of our genre but still influential in some of our musical upbringing.”
AS I LAY DYING will kick off its “A Decade of Destruction” headlining tour on November 30 with special guests OF MICE AND MEN, THE GHOST INSIDE, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and SYLOSIS.
“Decas” track listing:
02. From Shapeless To Breakable
03. Moving Forward
04. War Ensemble (SLAYER cover)
05. Hellion (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
06. Electric Eye (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
07. Coffee Mug (DESCENDENTS cover)
08. Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes (re-recorded medley)
09. The Blinding Of False Light (Innerpartysystem remix)
10. Wrath Upon Ourselves (Benjamin Weinman remix)
11. Confined (Kelly “Carnage” Cairns remix)
12. Elegy (Big Chocolate remix)