LA POP ART Unveils AC/DC ‘Word Art’ Branded Line Of Apparel

LA Pop Art, a leader in “word art” design and apparel, has recreated one of the world’s most iconic band logos using the titles of AC/DC‘s biggest hits as well as some of the iconic imagery that has defined the incredible career of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

LA Pop Art company founder Joseph Leibovic says: “This one-of-a-kind design is a must-have for any AC/DC fan, especially on the heels of the new ‘Power Up’ album release, a beautiful tribute to the late, great Malcolm Young — the bands co-founder, songwriter and guitarist who sadly passed away in 2017.”

The AC/DC-branded clothing and merchandise (t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, tote bags and much more) was visualized through a deal with New York-based licensing company Perryscope Productions along with the band’s partners, Los Angeles-based Epic Rights.

The fully licensed branded line of apparel is available for men, women and kids, and is available for purchase at LAPopArt.com, Macys.com, Amazon.com and other fine retailers.

The company’s full line of products are available at www.lapopart.com.

LA Pop Art is the exclusive home to unique “word art” apparel that combines the visual images of pop culture’s most celebrated icons with the language that made them famous, creating unique works of art.

The company creates text-based artwork, entirely drawn by hand, using the ancient technique of micrography, an art form of writing text in very small letters to form the illusion of an image.

LA Pop Art is the premier pop art micrographic imaging firm with a portfolio of film, music, and pop-culture artwork from the biggest names in the business, and has been featured in top magazines, movies, TV shows and in major art collections and exhibits.

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COREY TAYLOR On EDDIE VAN HALEN: ‘His Music Touched All Of Us’

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has reflected on the passing of Eddie Van Halen, saying that the legendary VAN HALEN axeman was an “incredible” musician who “influenced 40 years” of aspiring rockers.

Corey discussed his appreciation for the groundbreaking musician during an appearance on a recent episode of the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast. He said (hear audio below): “The sad thing is that [Eddie‘s death] happened on my [first wedding] anniversary. Me and [my wife] Alicia, we’re getting dudded up and getting all ready, and then all of a sudden, we get the news. And everybody was hitting me up. So I immediately reached out to all the people I knew who knew Eddie. ‘Cause I’d never met him. But obviously, his music touched all of us.

VAN HALEN were so different, and yet they were the blueprint for a million bands, dude,” he continued. “I mean, every band I know, even if they didn’t dig [VAN HALEN‘s] music, they respected the craftsmanship, the diversity, the intricacy that they put together. You had to be really good to play a VAN HALEN song. It wasn’t just one of those things where you could ham and egg it. I can’t play a [VAN HALEN] song. I get close, I start the riff, and then I just start humming with my mouth.

“He was incredible,” Corey added. “The influence that he had on not only modern shredders, but the ’80s rock bands, the ’90s rock bands. He influenced 40 years of musicianship. Name another person who’s still alive, really, who’s had that kind of impact, man.”

According to Taylor, VAN HALEN was “the first band to bring that party atmosphere” into its live show. “I remember seeing video from the ‘1984’ tour, and it looked so rad that you wanted to be there, as a dude,” he said. “And then every ’80s band tried to take that, and it just never seemed genuine. It looked fun, but it never seemed as genuine or as dangerous — that good dangerous. You look at ‘Mean Street’, and you look at ‘Panama’ — there was just something there that just created this total party [atmosphere], that it was just, like, you can either get high, loaded or laid at that party.”

Corey went on to say that he was thrilled to see the outpouring of love for Eddie in the weeks following his death.

“I’m sure he got it in his lifetime, but seeing all the people come out from every genre — everybody from [Tom] Morello to [John] Mayer — I mean, everyone has an Eddie Van Halen story, man,” Corey said. “What Pete Townshend said about him really blew my mind. He said [Eddie] was such an amazing musician, and not only that, but just such a great [person]. He was, like, ‘I could have seen him being president someday.’ I was, like, ‘Holy shit!’ Coming from Townshend? It’s rad, the level of respect.

“I know the last handful of years were tough for [Eddie due to his health issues], man, and it was really sad,” he continued. “I heard some crazy stories. But I don’t even wanna fucking think about that. I love the fact that so many people have come out and really paid tribute and really paid their love.”

Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie‘s brother and VAN HALEN drummer.

The iconic VAN HALEN axeman died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed.

VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

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KREATOR Announces Its Own Coffee Blend, ‘Black Sunrise’

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have collaborated with coffee roasters The Barn on their first blend, Black Sunrise. The coffee sources beans from Brazil and features a “smooth and chocolatey” taste.

The band states: “We’re excited to announce our collaboration with the finest coffee roasters in Germany, The Barn. If you’ve visited one of their spots in Berlin, you will understand why we chose them to represent KREATOR — high quality and big flavors.

“Brazil is one of our favorite places in the world and we wanted to pay tribute to that with this deliciously smooth and chocolatey offering. Awaken to ‘Black Sunrise’!”

Black Sunrise is available from TheBarn.de.

Earlier this month, KREATOR bassist Frédéric Leclercq confirmed to Moshpit Passion webzine that the band has entered a studio in Essen, Germany to begin writing, arranging and recording demos for its next album. The follow-up to 2017’s “Gods Of Violence” will mark KREATOR‘s first album with Leclercq, who joined the group last year.

“That’s what we’ve been doing this summer — just working on new songs,” Leclercq said. “But there’s not much to say about it. We’re just working, and the vibe is great. That’s what matters the most. If you follow Mille [Petrozza, KREATOR guitarist/vocalist] on the Internet or myself, you can tell that there’s good energy, and the songs are great. I’m a fan of the band, so I want something violent and evil, so that’s cool.”

This past September, KREATOR guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö described the sessions for the band’s new album to Italy’s Poisoned Rock as “a lot of fun,” adding that the “mood” in the band “is great. And the general vibe and the atmosphere is very good,” he said. “[These are] creative times for KREATOR at the moment.”

Speaking about the KREATOR songwriting process, Sami said: “The main composer for KREATOR is for sure Mille. And then he likes to send us some demos over. But then we all arrange them together and bring new ideas to it and try to enhance them and sometimes bring our own ideas, of course, as well. That’s what we’re doing right now, and just try to make the best possible result imaginable, because we really want to work hard on the next album.”

On the topic of KREATOR‘s musical evolution, Yli-Sirniö said: “I like to think that there’s a progression all the time and we’re always looking for something new. That’s always what you become most afraid of, with an older band like us, after doing so many albums together — is to find a new angle and a new perspective for every album. And that is the difficult part, but it’s also the challenging part and the part that I like the most. And now that we have a new member in the band, Fred, he brings a lot of new ideas and a different angle, and it’s fantastic. He’s also an amazing guitar player.”

According to Sami, there is no set release date for KREATOR‘s new album, which is not expected to arrive before next summer at the earliest.

“I wish that the time tables would be more clear, because of these COVID times and so on, but it’s also giving us a chance to reinvent ourselves and make the best music possible and give it all we’ve got,” he said.

This past March, KREATOR surprise-released a new single, “666 – World Divided”. The song was produced by Andy Sneap and Markus Ganter and was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin, Germany.

The music video for “666 – World Divided” was created under the direction of Jörn Heitmann, who was responsible for the music videos for “Radio” and “Ausländer” by RAMMSTEIN.

KREATOR played its first show with Leclercq in October 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with U.K.-based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until August 2019.

KREATOR‘s previously announced “State Of Unrest” European tour with LAMB OF GOD has been rescheduled for 2021 in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

KREATOR released a new live set, “London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse”, in February via Nuclear Blast. The effort was professionally filmed and recorded on December 16, 2018 at the Roundhouse in London, England.

Leclercq‘s AMAHIRU project will release its self-titled debut album on November 27 via earMUSIC in Europe and the U.S. and and Ward Records in Japan.

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PANTERA ‘Far Beyond Driven’ 3D Vinyl Collectible Statue Coming Soon

The PANTERA “Far Beyond Driven” 3D vinyl is currently in production and is now available for pre-order.

Officially licensed and released in a limited edition of only 1994, this unique 3D Vinyl statue is hand-painted, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity printed on the back of the collectible. Created to capture some of the most iconic images in album art, the PANTERA “Far Beyond Driven” 3D Vinyl is 9″ (tall) x 7″ (wide).

Only 1,994 are made. Each piece is hand-crafted. All collectible statues are officially licensed and made in a limited edition. This is a fine-arts process where each statue is hand-cast, painted and numbered. Each comes with a certificate of authenticity on the base of the statue.

Product specifications:

Hand-cast resin statue, weighing approximately 7.5 lbs.

Product dimensions:

9″ (h) x 7″ (w)

3D Vinyl captures the great album art of the last several decades and brings that to you in a statue collector series.

The 20th-anniversary reissue of “Far Beyond Driven”, which still stands as the heaviest LP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, was made available in 2014. Singer Philip Anselmo told TV Rock Live about the chart achievement: “I don’t think any of us had any idea at all that we would have a No. 1 record or anything like that. As a matter of fact, when I was first told about it, I didn’t even believe it. My dad told me. ‘Hey, son, your record’s No. 1.’ I was, like, ‘You’re drunk.’ But then I found out later, of course, it was true.”

PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo told ARTISTdirect.com about the making of “Far Beyond Driven”: “I think, at that time, we were all very much on the same page, so to speak.

PANTERA had a lot of success before I was in the band. When I first joined the band, I was singing fucking tracks on ‘Power Metal’ after two weeks of being with them. Then, we wrote ‘Cowboys From Hell’ all throughout the rest of 1987 and 1988. We had been playing those songs live. We had been through a lot up to the point as far as personalities go and getting to know each other.

“Becoming a trusted member and true singer for this band was a process to where I didn’t have the rest of the band peeking over my shoulder like, ‘What are you writing about?’ By the time I got to ‘Far Beyond Driven’, it was, ‘I’m going to write what the fuck I’m going to write.’ So, I was very comfortable at the time. I guess the rest of the guys were like, ‘Leave Phil alone. Let him do his job.’ [Laughs] It felt so fucking natural.”

Asked if those “Far Beyond Driven” sessions were particularly intense, Anselmo said: “Well, I knew that’s what I wanted. There was a lot of speculation out there about what type of record we were going to make. I definitely had a chip on my fucking shoulder because there was no way in hell I was going to go the fucking commercial route. At the time, I think we were very aware of other heavy metal bands that had found a little bit of fame and taken that ‘commercial route,’ so to speak, with their music. I very much instilled that there was no fucking way I was doing that into the other guys. I think they were on board quite a bit. It’s like when you have a favorite band, you follow their entire career, you wait anxiously to buy their new record, you open up it, you put it on, and it’s a letdown. That’s a shitty feeling. We knew what our fan base wanted. We were very focused on delivering what our fan base had come to know and come to know of us. A lot of people like to say we did things in reverse. Meaning, we didn’t start out this heavy fucking band and get more commercialized. It was kind of the other way around. That was the main focus there. When I laid my vocals on that fucking record, I wanted people to feel the fucking spit on their faces coming out of the speakers. [Laughs] I meant every fucking second.”

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SCOTT STAPP And MARK TREMONTI Are Sitting On ‘Eight Or Nine’ CREED Songs For Possible New Album

Scott Stapp says that he and guitarist Mark Tremonti wrote almost an album’s worth of material for CREED nearly a decade ago before abandoning the band and focusing on their respective individual projects.

Scott discussed his old group during a new appearance on the “Stop! Drop & Talk” podcast, co-hosted by HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale.

Addressing the possibility of CREED making a comeback — eight years after the band completed a tour in support of its fourth album, 2009’s “Full Circle”Stapp said (see video below): “I actually was just with Mark and [CREED drummer] Scott Phillips Friday. Everything is good. Everything is positive. We are friends. And communcation is there.

“Nothing is planned,” he continued. “Right now, there is nothing on the schedule. There is nothing that I am keeping from you.

“When there’s an announcement to be made [about a possible reunion], I promise you guys will know.”

Asked if it’s true that there was some material left over from the “Full Circle” sessions that was never used, Stapp said: “Mark and I got together, I think it was in 2012, and I actually crashed at his place for, I wanna say, a couple of weeks — I can’t remember exactly — and we wrote eight or nine songs. So we’ve got some stuff that we put together in 2012. I was listening to a couple of ’em the other day, and I was, like, ‘You know what? It doesn’t sound old to me.’ It’s something we could demo for a new record. I’m not saying that that’s gonna happen. Don’t put words in my mouth. I’m just saying we did write some songs, and we’re sitting on those.”

This past June, CREED updated its Facebook profile with an old photo, igniting rumors of the band’s imminent return. Nearly five months later, Phillips confirmed that there has been “some chatter” about renewed activity from the group, but cautioned that there are “no specific plans” for CREED to perform or make music again.

CREED disbanded in 2004 but reunited five years later for the aforementioned “Full Circle” LP and an extensive tour. Stapp has since toured and recorded as a solo artist, although he suffered a drug-related mental breakdown in 2014 and spent several years recovering from that.

Last year, Tremonti said in an interview on Jamey Jasta‘s podcast that he was sitting on an album’s worth of material for CREED. Asked whether CREED could reunite again, Tremonti said, “People say, ‘Is it done? Is it over? Is there new music coming out?’ I’m sitting on an entire CREED album… When we were together doing the reunion tour, we put a lot of music together and I have like really sketchy little demos of probably 13 songs. I listened to them maybe a year ago and they’re good songs.”

Tremonti added: “It’s just, there’s no time. Is it good enough for me to put everything on the back burner that I’ve been working on for the past 14 years? No. Is it good enough to maybe 10 years from now or seven years from now… or some big resurgence happens or there’s an anniversary where everybody’s like, ‘We want to see CREED and the world demands it like they used to.’ I wouldn’t say no.”

Tremonti, who also leads his own self-named band and plays in ALTER BRIDGE with the other instrumental members of CREED, told The Pulse Of Radio a while back he doesn’t see CREED working again anytime soon. “I’m just so full of commitments between TREMONTI and ALTER BRIDGE, and juggling these two bands writing-wise and just touring-wise, it’s like almost impossible to do all three, and I’m very satisfied with what I’m doing now,” he said.

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