Of Mice and Men frontman opens up about heart surgery

Last year was not a very good year for Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile. A few days before their spring 2015 tour was to wrap up, the singer was hospitalized and later underwent heart surgery to deal with ongoing issues brought on by Marfans Syndrome. After undergoing the surgery, and even having a misfortune event when he was electrocuted in September, Carlile and company are back on the touring circuit.

During a recent sit down with Metal Hammer, the frontman opened up about everything that has happened since the surgery and how he was clinically dead for a couple of hours.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. It’s hard to go through something like that that’s dangerous in general, and just to not know if you’re gonna be there, four, five or six hours later. When I had my heart surgery, my heart was stopped. They put my head in a whole thing of ice, to stop your brain activity, you’re dead. I was clinically dead for three hours while they did the procedure,” he explains.

“There’s so much stuff going through my head. Like, ‘Am I going to see my mum? What’s going to happen?’ Like, who knows, I was kind of excited. But the one thing I remember right before I went under, and before they put in the relax sedative into you, I was just sitting there and my sister and my dad were there and they said goodbye and started wheeling me back. I just remember being so at peace, and I remember saying, ‘Look God, this is in your hands.’ It was out of my hands completely at that point.”

He continues: “I said, ‘I have to have faith that you have a plan for me and you want me to do something with my life. And if you don’t, then it’s just going to end right here. And if it doesn’t, then I need to wake up and do that.'”

With such a serious surgery, it should come as no surprise that the pain post-surgery was just worse. Carlile goes on the explain how the post-surgery pain was probably worse than any of the pain he had felt in his life. He ended up spending two weeks in the hospital working on his recovery and then an additional week-and-a-half fighting pneumonia.

But all that is now a thing in the past as Carlile has returned to the stage, just like the group has promised at the end of 2015. In addition to their slew of current tour dates with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson and then their own headlining gigs in Europe, the California-based band also confirmed the release of their fourth studio album.

Cold World and is set to be released on Sept. 9 through Rise Records.

Pierce the Veil brave a haunted house for ‘Circles’

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Pierce the Veil has returned with their long-awaited new music video. On Monday (July 25), the San Diego-based band released the music video for their latest single, “Circles.” The clip, according to the band, is loosely based on the 1991 film, Nothing But Trouble, starring Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Dan Aykroyd.

The video begins with the band having no place to stay while on tour with their only option being a beat down, old house. When they enter the worn down abode, they are greeted by the owner, a creepy old dude. After accepting the key to their room, which looks like the previous guests had a satanic ritual, and taking a drink (featuring an eyeball cocktail), things seem to take a turn for the weird.

As the run down the halls of the haunted house, they stumble into a room with newspaper clippings posted on the walls. As they begin to read the headlines, they see that some of their friends have gone missing. Could they be next? Check out the video for “Circles” here.

While speaking with Alternative Press, Fuentes unveiled just why they decided to base the new clip on Nothing But Trouble. “We kind of loosely based it off of that and we kind of adjusted it more to what would we be doing, you know?” Fuentes begins.

“Everyday we have to check into a hotel on tour and so we kind of based it off of like, ‘What if we checked into this hotel and it was just this haunted hotel with this old man who tried to send us through his bag of tricks in his house and capture us.’ And it’s like he would be doing this for years and all of these bands had disappeared, you know? In this house and we’re trying to help each other out of it.”

“Circles” is featured on Pierce the Veil’s recently released record, Misadventures. In support of the album, the group recently announced plans to hit the North American touring circuit this fall. The complete list of upcoming tour stops can be seen here.

The 1975 to return to North America for fall tour

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The 1975 have spent much of 2016 touring behind their new album, so what other way do you expect the British imports to end the successful year? On Monday (July 25), the English band announced plans to return to North American for another tour around the country. The new leg of their North American trek will kick off during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 when they are set to hit the stage during The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Queens, NY.

The group will then head south to Mexico for a total of three shows before returning to the United States for handful of shows before taking the show to Canada. After being on the road for almost two months, the excursion will wrap up on Nov. 26 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas. The complete list of their fall tour stops can be seen below.

THE 1975 FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Oct. 1-2 Queens, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
Oct. 5 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 7 – Torreon, MX @ Tecate Location
Oct. 8 – Chihuahua, MX @ Tecate Location
Oct. 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Oct. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Oct. 15 – San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Oct. 18 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center at San Jose State University
Oct. 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
Oct. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct. 22 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 23 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
Oct. 24 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Oct. 28 – Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center
Oct. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Nov. 3 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 5 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 9 – Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Nov. 11 – Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center
Nov. 12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The DeltaPlex Arena
Nov. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Nov. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Nov. 17 – Newport, KY @ BB&T Arena
Nov. 18 – Boone, NC @ Holmes Convocation Center
Nov. 21 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Nov. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Nov. 23 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
Nov. 26 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

Pre-sales for the fall shows are currently available while general admission tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. local time. The new trek will be in support of the group’s recently released record, I Like It when You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

Stream A Day to Remember’s new single

Over a month after announcing plans to release a brand new record, A Day to Remember is giving fans the chance to listen to another new track off of it. On Monday (July 25), the Florida-based band unleashed their third single from their impending release, “Bullfight.” The new track made its official debut during BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show. Listen to “Bullfight” below.

“Bullfight” will join previously released tracks “Bad Vibrations” and lead single “Paranoia” on Bad Vibrations. Originally announced with an August release date, A Day to Remember has updated fans with the news that their fifth studio record will now see a September release. Instead of being released on Aug. 19,  Bad Vibration will now hit stores on Sept. 2. The new album will be released through the band’s own record label, ADTR Records, but distributed in conjunction with Epitaph Records.

Bad Vibrations is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, Common Courtesy. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on A Day to Remember’s website which can be found here. In support of the new album, ADTR will spend the rest of the summer on tour with Blink-182. Unlike fellow tour mates All Time Low and the All-American Rejects, ADTR will play at every single tour stops alongside Blink and DJ Spider. Tonight, the groups will take a quick break before hitting the stage tomorrow (July 26) at the The Don Haskins Center in El Paso. TX. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.

5 Seconds of Summer become Ghostbusters in ‘Girls Talk Boys’ video

A week after releasing their contribution to the Ghostbusters soundtrack, 5 Seconds of Summer has released their music video for the new track. On Friday (July 22), the Australian band unveiled the official music video for their new funky song, “Girls Talk Boys.” The music video features the four guys dressed up in the iconic Ghostbusters uniform with guns including the blaster.

During the clip, they are seen cruising around in the Ecto-1, looking for ghosts and monster. Sadly, it doesn’t look like being a Ghostbuster is the most fitting job for the guys, as they scram every time a ghost/monster shows up. Let’s just say they shouldn’t quit their day jobs as musicians. Watch the music video for “Girls Talk Boys” below.

“Girls Talk Boys” is featured on the Ghostbusters remake’s soundtrack. The album, like the film, was released on July 15. The soundtrack also features songs by Walk the Moon, Wolf Alice, Elle King, and that not-so-good Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliot update of Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid).” Currently, 5 Seconds of Summer is in the middle of their massive “Sounds Live, Feels Live” summer tour. Tonight (July 25), the band is taking a much deserved break, but will continue their North American trek on Tuesday, July 26, when they touch down at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. The remaining tour stops of the “Sounds Live, Feels Live” tour can be seen here.

Brand New unveiled re-recorded version of ‘Out of Range’

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Brand New is about to wrap up their massively successful summer tour with Modest Mouse, so what better time than now to release a new song. On Friday (July 22), the Long Island-founded band released another new song, though technically it isn’t all that new. As pointed out by fans, the new song which is titled “Out of Range,” was released a few years ago. The song was then re-recorded and featured as the B-side track on the Mene 7-inch. Listen to “Out of Range” below.

“Out of Range” joins “Mene” and “I Am a Nightmare” as the sole tracks the group has released recently. As of now, the band hasn’t confirmed whether or not any of the songs will be featured on their highly-anticipated new album. In all honesty, not much is known about that upcoming record besides it being their final album and that Procrastinate! Music Traitors will be releasing it.

Earlier this month, the group completed a few unfinished tracks which date back to 2006 and released them as 3 Demos, Reworked.

Korn announce new album, release lead single

After confirming plans to release a new record, Korn has officially announced the brand new album.  On Friday (July 22), the California-founded band announced the release of their 12th studio album. The impending release will be titled The Serenity of Suffering and is set to be released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records. Pre-orders for the The Serenity Of Suffering are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

In addition to the new record, the band premiered the music video for “Rotting in Vain,” the lead single from the record. Last weekend, while performing at the inaugural Chicago Open Air, the group played the song in front of a huge audience and confirmed that the official audio for the track would be released during the week.

Check out the music video for “Rotting in Vain,” which features Sons of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan starring alongside the band.

“During a sit down interview with Rolling Stone, who were the first to premiere the new song/clip, frontman  Jonathan Davis opened up about the topic of the song.”‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” the frontman explains.

“It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”

In support of The Serenity of Suffering, Korn is currently in the middle of the “Return of the Dreads” tour with Rob Zombie. After a break, the band will hit the road with Breaking Benjamin, Motionless in White, and Silver Snakes for the “Nocturnal Underground” tour. The Serenity of Suffering is the follow-up to 2013’s The Paradigm Shift.