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  • DAVE MCCLAIN Says 'The Blackening' Was 'The Last Real Fun Record' He Made With MACHINE HEAD
    on May 20, 2019 at 21:23

    Dave McClain says that "The Blackening" was "the last real fun" recording experience that he had with MACHINE HEAD. The drummer, who was a member of the California metal band from 1995 to 2018, reflected on his time with MACHINE HEAD during an appearance on the latest installment of the "Crash Bang Boom Drumming Podcast!" Asked if there was a particular performance on a MACHINE HEAD album that he was especially proud of, McClain said (hear audio below): "[2007's] 'The Blackening' was the last real fun record that I did with them. Each one of those before that had its own awesome thing. [1997's] 'The More Things Change…', we were in there with [producer] Colin [Richardson], and we were just firing through the songs. And it was awesome — just energy. And then [1999's] 'The Burning Red' we did with Ross Robinson, and even though he was my best friend, he was still jumping up on my bass drums when I was playing, yelling at me. You can hear it on the record: 'Fucking play!' [He was] going crazy and throwing things around the room… Then the next record, [2001's] 'Supercharger', we did with this guy Johnny K, and that was a little more of the traditional… We did the pre-production, and then we'd go into a recording studio with him — it was more of kind of building the songs and a little more of doing the production thing. And then getting into [2003's] 'Through The Ashes [Of Empires]' and 'The Blackening', we did it with this engineer in a place called Sharkbite in Oakland. This guy's name was Mark Keaton, and he was just awesome, man — he was a great dude to be around. We'd just sit around in the studio, listening to records and talking about the board. The console in there was used on 'Dark Side Of The Moon' or something. And it was just a great experience. And then doing 'The Blackening' with him again, it just went so quick. We did the drums in, like, two and a half days for that record. He had this little gold drum key, and he was, like, 'You killed it, man. You get the gold drum key.' So that was cool. For me, that was the last real… where it was, like, 'That was fucking great, man.'" According to McClain, the MACHINE HEAD recording process "just became a different animal" after the making of "The Blackening". "We did it with different people, at different studios, and it just became a different thing," he said. "The process had changed, and it wasn't really fun for me." McClain and guitarist Phil Demmel announced their exit from MACHINE HEAD in October. Demmel later said that the band "became a Robb Flynn solo project" and he described his last few years with the group as "basically collecting a paycheck." McClain rejoined Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH in December. He recently spent time in the studio recording the band's first album in 23 years, "Awakening", which will be released this summer via Metal Blade Records. […]

  • DEE SNIDER Slams New Restrictive Abortion Bills: 'It's Not Just About Terminating Pregnancies'
    on May 20, 2019 at 20:26

    Dee Snider has spoken out against sweeping, severe anti-abortion laws and bills that are being passed in Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri. Over the past few months, several states have pursued "heartbeat" bills — legislation that would ban abortion as soon as a physician is able to detect a fetal heartbeat. The TWISTED SISTER frontman weighed in on the issue while speaking to Yahoo Entertainment about "Who Will Rock You?", an online, "American Idol"-style battle of the bands competition, sponsored by Topgolf, on which he serves as a tough but fair judge. "My days dealing with that are numbered," admitted Snider, who has been married to the same woman for 38 years and is the 63-year-old father of four adult children. "I mean, I don't have to deal with that. I'm beyond it. I had my vas deferens snipped, so there's no chance! I have no concern about that. I've got medical care; I don't need Planned Parenthood. But there was a time when I did, when I was a kid, and I didn't have any of those things. And it upsets me that this is taking away from people as an option, because it's not just about terminating pregnancies. The majority of what Planned Parenthood does, an organization like that, is give people guidance and information. And so, it's just such a much bigger picture, and it drives me crazy, but mainly for my children. I have grandchildren now. And I'm thinking about the world that they're growing up in, and it's a mess." The abortion restrictions have not taken effect yet, and abortion is still legal in all 50 states. But they are part of a conservative strategy to get a case in front of the Supreme Court, where anti-abortion advocates hope the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion will be overturned. Last week, a number of celebrities — including musicians like Lady Gaga and Rihanna — expressed their outrage over the abortion debate, with the former saying that "it is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period, and all the more heinous that it excludes those [who] have been raped or are experiencing incest non-consensual or not. So there's a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists? This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system." Back in June 2016, Snider said that he was definitely "a pro-choice guy. To me that is, if you are not pro-choice, I am not for you. If you can't say that a woman has a right to choose — by the way, it's not that a woman should have an abortion or shouldn't have an abortion. It's they should choose for themselves, and not have a bunch of old white men telling them what to do with their bodies." […]

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