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DISTURBED Guitarist Says Some Of 'Evolution' Album 'Will Completely Surprise People'

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August 18, 2018 0 Comments DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan recently spoke with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF . The complete conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET ). On the group's new album, "Evolution" : Dan : "We wanted to kind of, [after] being a band for over two decades now, just [acknowledge] how much we've evolved as songwriters, as a band, sonically, musically, as our friendship, as this album as you see once it comes out and everybody hears all the tracks how much it's taken a bunch of turns. We were always going to push each other to go down other avenues. We're trying to evolve as musicians. When we step in a room together, it's always trying to bring something new that's going to help inspire each other. That's the challenge you face every time. To write 100-something songs together, I'm not worried about what the management or the record label or the fans think as much as I'm worried about... what the other guys in the band think about an idea I presented them. It's always that challenge, but we have respect for each other and open minds and we come in and we take chances. It's just music — you throw out ideas and hope it inspires somebody to write to it. You'll see once you get a taste of the whole album on how much we've evolved in that way. We've thrown some ideas around here that are going to completely surprise people on some of the turns we've taken, but overall, we feel like we wrote some great songs here." On new song "Reason To Fight" : Story continues after advertisement Dan : "That one's very, very personal to us, and I think once the fans really dig into the message and the lyrics, they'll find a connection as well." On how the recording process for "Evolution" differed from previous DISTURBED studio sessions: Dan : "A couple songs, we created on the spot. Sometimes, in the past on previous albums, we walked in with all the material ready to just be tracked, or re-tracked from demo stage to album stage. This time, it was a little bit more laid back in the sense of, 'Let's create things in the moment.'" On why they decided not to include any cover songs on the album: Dan : "We dabbled with the idea of it, and then, with all this other original material we had, we felt so strong about the overall vibe of the album that we were going to hold off on that. Historically, we've done a bunch of covers, but this time, we decided not to put it on there. It's not like we have to do it to chase something, just because '[The] Sound Of Silence' was such a big success for us, but so have our originals been big successes, so it's not like we got lucky on one. We had four No. 1 singles on the last record. But we did dabble a bit; we recorded something, but we decided to hold off and wait for the right opportunity if we find a different outlet for it." On Vinnie Paul : Dan : " Vinnie was a great guy. We were close with Vinnie and Dimebag , and all of us in DISTURBED went out to the funeral. It was tough. It's still hard to accept that as a reality. The one thing I can take away from it was the last time I'd seen him, I hugged him and said, 'Love you brother,' and we left thinking that I'd see him again [soon]. I felt like at least I have a good last memory of having a drink at a hockey game and giving him a hug and telling him I love him. It's a tough one. We've known these guys; obviously, they've been a big inspiration for us growing up, but then we became close with them in 2000 when we did our first Ozzfest and PANTERA was on it. After every show, Vinnie and Dime would invite us back to their dressing room to come hang out, have drinks and party with them. We were just, like any new band at the time, starstruck. They just treated us like we were longtime childhood friends. Any time we crossed paths with them, it was always welcoming with open arms. It's a sad reality to accept to think that two of the greatest metal legends are taken from us." "Evolution" will be released on October 19. As with 2015's "Immortalized" , the album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko . The official music video for the album's first single, "Are You Ready" , can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober ), who has previously worked with METALLICA , ALICE IN CHAINS , MASTODON and GREEN DAY , among others. "Immortalized" ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. That LP featured the band's massive hit cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL 's "The Sound Of Silence ". DISTURBED only has one show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Travis Shinn

DISTURBED Guitarist Says Some Of 'Evolution' Album 'Will Completely Surprise People'

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DISTURBED Guitarist Says Some Of 'Evolution' Album 'Will Completely Surprise People' DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan recently spoke with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF . The complete conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET ). On the group’s new album, “Evolution” : Dan : “We wanted to kind of, [after] being a band for over two decades now, just [acknowledge] how much we’ve evolved as songwriters, as a band, sonically, musically, as our friendship, as this album as you see once it comes out and everybody hears all the tracks how much it’s taken a bunch of turns. We were always going to push each other to go down other avenues. We’re trying to evolve as musicians. When we step in a room together, it’s always trying to bring something new that’s going to help inspire each other. That’s the challenge you face every time. To write 100-something songs together, I’m not worried about what the management or the record label or the fans think as much as I’m worried about… what the other guys in the band think about an idea I presented them. It’s always that challenge, but we have respect for each other and open minds and we come in and we take chances. It’s just music — you throw out ideas and hope it inspires somebody to write to it. You’ll see once you get a taste of the whole album on how much we’ve evolved in that way. We’ve thrown some ideas around here that are going to completely surprise people on some of the turns we’ve taken, but overall, we feel like we wrote some great songs here.” On new song “Reason To Fight” : Dan : “That one’s very, very personal to us, and I think once the fans really dig into the message and the lyrics, they’ll find a connection as well.” On how the recording process for “Evolution” differed from previous DISTURBED studio sessions: Dan : “A couple songs, we created on the spot. Sometimes, in the past on previous albums, we walked in with all the material ready to just be tracked, or re-tracked from demo stage to album stage. This time, it was a little bit more laid back in the sense of, ‘Let’s create things in the moment.'” On why they decided not to include any cover songs on the album: Dan : “We dabbled with the idea of it, and then, with all this other original material we had, we felt so strong about the overall vibe of the album that we were going to hold off on that. Historically, we’ve done a bunch of covers, but this time, we decided not to put it on there. It’s not like we have to do it to chase something, just because ‘[The] Sound Of Silence’ was such a big success for us, but so have our originals been big successes, so it’s not like we got lucky on one. We had four No. 1 singles on the last record. But we did dabble a bit; we recorded something, but we decided to hold off and wait for the right opportunity if we find a different outlet for it.” On Vinnie Paul : Dan : “ Vinnie was a great guy. We were close with Vinnie and Dimebag , and all of us in DISTURBED went out to the funeral. It was tough. It’s still hard to accept that as a reality. The one thing I can take away from it was the last time I’d seen him, I hugged him and said, ‘Love you brother,’ and we left thinking that I’d see him again [soon]. I felt like at least I have a good last memory of having a drink at a hockey game and giving him a hug and telling him I love him. It’s a tough one. We’ve known these guys; obviously, they’ve been a big inspiration for us growing up, but then we became close with them in 2000 when we did our first Ozzfest and PANTERA was on it. After every show, Vinnie and Dime would invite us back to their dressing room to come hang out, have drinks and party with them. We were just, like any new band at the time, starstruck. They just treated us like we were longtime childhood friends. Any time we crossed paths with them, it was always welcoming with open arms. It’s a sad reality to accept to think that two of the greatest metal legends are taken from us.” “Evolution” will be released on October 19. As with 2015’s “Immortalized” , the album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko . The official music video for the album’s first single, “Are You Ready” , can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober ), who has previously worked with METALLICA , ALICE IN CHAINS , MASTODON and GREEN DAY , among others. “Immortalized” ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. That LP featured the band’s massive hit cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL ‘s “The Sound Of Silence “. DISTURBED only has one show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Travis Shinn

Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves: Louise Daniel Women's History Luncheon

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By Jenny Inzerillo • 3 minutes ago Related Program: High Plains Morning One of my favorite in-studio guests ever, Lou Ann Garrett of the Louise Daniel luncheon! Thanks so much to Lou Ann Garrett for stopping by High Plains Morning to share information about the 9th Annual Louise Daniel Women‘s History Luncheon and Women’s Equality Day Celebration , which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 24, in the Great Hall of Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk in Amarillo. This year, they’re honoring women in the oil and gas industry—past and present—in the Texas Panhandle . The luncheon is held annually near the end of August to coincide with Women’s Equality Day , which commemorates ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. Featured speaker will be Juanita Malecha , Director of Land Management and Vice-President of Pantera Energy Company of Amarillo , on the topic, “ From Confused to Confident to Chair .” She will share her story of how a girl who grew up on a farm at Umbarger got into the oil and gas business and became one of the first women “landmen” in the Panhandle--and how attitudes toward women in oil and gas management have changed over the years. Beginning in 1980 as a receptionist with the added responsibility of maintaining lease records, Malecha worked for different oil and gas companies until starting with Pantera in 1991 as a landman. At that time, there were only two other female “landmen” working in the Panhandle that she knew of, plus another whose work led into her becoming a successful landman also. A landman’s duties are extensive, in Malecha’s experience, including determining availability of land on which an oil and gas lease can be taken, checking courthouse records to determine titles, negotiating oil and gas leases, negotiating access with the surface owner and settling surface damages, drawing up various types of agreements and making applications for permits to drill, among others. In her 27 years with Pantera, Malecha has also achieved the title of Vice-President and has been active in the Panhandle Association of Petroleum Landmen , serving as its president twice. A member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, she has also served as a director of the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from (then) West Texas State University. In the early years of the oil and gas business in Texas, few women held top positions in the industry. A notable exception was Ivy May Parker, a native of Quay County, New Mexico, who was educated at West Texas State Teachers College and went on to earn her master’s degree and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Texas. In 1935 she became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from the university. She worked for many years in the oil industry as a specialist on the causes and prevention of corrosion of pipelines, including several years with the Shell Oil Company and then a 27-year career at the Plantation Pipeline Company as a field technologist, research engineer and senior engineer. The luncheon committee is preparing a listing of women honorees--past and present—who have served in top positions with petroleum companies in the Panhandle, but is seeking names of those it may not have. Anyone wishing to suggest a woman “landman,” engineer, scientist, geologist or company owner or co-owner is asked to send the woman’s name, the company and her position and any special, but brief, additional information to Jane Harlan at by August 17. The public is invited to attend the luncheon. The cost is $15 for students, $30 for others and $350 for a table of eight. Reservations should be made ASAP by calling committee secretary Jane Harlan at (806) 355-4125. If spots are open, you can also reserve your seat online at www.louisedaniel.org . Proceeds will benefit the Louise Daniel Women’s History Lecture Fund at the Foundation. For any questions, Louise Daniel, who died in 2003, had been an Amarillo science teacher, education advocate, landscape photographer and community leader. The luncheon will honor her last wish, to remind women of all ages of the struggles and efforts of earlier women to overcome barriers to equality and to celebrate their contributions to Panhandle history. For more information, you can contact Lou Ann Garrett at 806-373-8289 or by .

Comment on R.I.P. Vinnie Paul, Pantera drummer has died at 54 by Sidaraymakani

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Reddit Vinnie Paul, founding member and drummer of Pantera , has died at the age of 54. A cause of death is not immediately known. In 1981, Paul founded Pantera with his brother Dimebag Darrell , vocalist Donnie Hart, guitarist Terry Glaze (who took over lead vocals in 1982), and bassist Tommy D. Bradford (who was replaced within a year by Rex Brown). Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera eventually sought a darker, heavier style, which led to the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo in 1986. Going forward, the band’s popularity began to soar, leading to a series of platinum albums, including 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power , and 1994’s Far Beyond Driven , the latter of which went No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Their two subsequent follow-ups, 1996’s The Greatest Southern Trendkill and 2000’s Reinventing the Steel , both cracked the top five. Following Pantera’s dissolution in 2003, Paul and Darrell formed Damageplan, releasing one album, New Found Power , which featured guest appearances by Zakk Wylde, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. Tragically, Darrell was shot dead during a Damageplan concert in 2004. Two years later, Paul teamed up with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell as Hellyeah. The group released five studio albums and was reportedly working on a sixth last November. This is a developing story… Artists