PAPA ROACH Releases Music Video For ‘Ego Trip’ Title Track


    California rockers PAPA ROACH have released the official music video for the title track of their latest album, “Ego Trip”. The LP came out in April via New Noize Records in partnership with ADA Worldwide (WMG’s independent label and artist services arm).
    PAPA ROACH stated about the Bryson Roatch-directed “Ego Trip” clip: “We visited the legendary House Of Vans in Mexico City earlier this year and invited fans to come get crazy with us on a day off to film the video for the title song on the ‘Ego Trip’ album. The energy was truly inspiring to everyone! Thank you, Mexico. We love you! Viva La Cucaracha”.

    PAPA ROACH and FALLING IN REVERSE recently announced the second leg of the “Rockzilla” tour, featuring special guest HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and opener ESCAPE THE FATE. The trek will kick off in Rochester, New York on February 1 and will include stops in 21 cities across the U.S.

    PAPA ROACH will be traveling abroad next year for a string of U.K. dates with DON BROCO and DANCE GAVIN DANCE, followed by summer festival appearances in Europe with more set to be announced.

    After two years of work and nearly 10 months of building up excitement with fans, PAPA ROACH recently celebrated the release of their eleventh studio album, “Ego Trip”. An album that sprouted almost by mistake in the throes of a global lockdown, its seeds were planted when the quartet entered a COVID-secure mansion in Temecula, California in the summer of 2020. What started as an escape and an exercise in keeping the creative juices flowing, in a world that had completely ground to a halt, quickly grew into something bigger. Purposeful, provocative, and just the right side of the line between confident and cocky (“I really hope [the album title] stops a few people in their tracks,” cackles Shaddix),”Ego Trip” is PAPA ROACH — completed by guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo — at its boldest and most brilliant.

    PAPA ROACH are two-time Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling leaders in alternative hard rock music, who in 2020 celebrated the 20th anniversary of their iconic album “Infest”. 20 years into their career, the band continue to have global success.

    Relentless touring and indie releases set the stage for Papa Roach’s nu-metal breakthrough in the late ‘90s. By the time 2000’s Infest, their mix of hard rock and hip-hop had gone mainstream (thanks to bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit) and angst-ridden hits like “Last Resort” and “Broken Home” turned Papa Roach multi-platinum. Leaving their hip-hop influences behind on 2004’s Getting Away With Murder, Papa Roach would score one of their biggest pop hits with “Scars.” The move to a more polished and refined hard rock sound continued on 2009’s Metamorphosis—which displayed their love for the classic hair metal bands like Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses—and 2012’s The Connection.

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    Malstrom launch Mandrake & Arkan



    Malstrom have announced the release of two new Eurorack modules, the Mandrake kick drum synthesizer, and the Arkan dual voltage polariser. The former divides itself into Hit and Body sections, each of which offer a variety of sound shaping tools, whilst the latter provides users with two identical bi-polar VCAs equipped with features that promise to make the module a go-to modulation choice.


    Malstrom MandrakeMandrake is a 14HP kick drum synthesizer module aimed at those creating dance, house, and techno music, which Malstrom say has been inspired by physical models, DAW-based drum synthesis, and sound mixing techniques. The module’s Hit section features a resonating filter which generates short square-like pulses that can be tuned and attenuated, resulting in a short click sound that excels at cutting through a mix.

    Another resonating filter is used for the Body section, which produces a wave that is slightly saturated and filtered to resemble the harmonics of a drum. Harsher tones can be obtained by applying further saturation which increases the level of uneven harmonics, with the results then routed to a damping circuit in order to “tame” the overall sound.

    The combination of the two sections allow users to craft a wide range of kick drum sounds, and Malstrom say the module has been designed to provide something new and unique rather than trying to mimic classic 808 or 909 sounds. Further shaping opportunities are provided by an envelope output with Normal and Ducking modes, which can also be used to side-chain other sounds, whilst a Clean-Up function offers a 25Hz high-pass filter, and a Spectral Dip feature provides some attenuation at 300Hz in order to tackle “boxy” sounding kick drums.

    Malstrom Mandrake Arkan Eurorack modules kick drum synthesizer bi-polar VCA dual voltage polariserMalstrom Arkan


    Arkan is an 8HP module that houses a pair of bi-polar VCAs and also offers a curvature control, a feature that is usually only found in unipolar variants. At audio rates, the Arkan acts as a ring-modulator with four controls present to provide a range of timbres through the introduction of either odd or even harmonics.

    A CV input with curvature control allows users to shape the polariser and improve its 0V attenuation, whilst a bias input equipped with an attenuverter control provides a way to offset the modules input signal, as well as the ability to mix or invert other signals.

    The module features two identical channels, and Malstrom say that Arkan is particularly useful for common duties such as mixing, scaling, inverting, and offsetting, in addition to CV modulation, feedback patching, and waveshaping.

    Pricing & Availability

    Both modules are available to pre-order now, and are expected to ship by 16 December 2022. The Mandrake is priced at €379, and the Arkan at €199 (both prices include taxes).

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    Watch PANTERA Play First Concert In Over 20 Years At Mexico HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST


    PANTERA has just taken the stage at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The show, which marks the band’s first live performance in over 20 years, features PANTERA’s reformed lineup, consisting of surviving members Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX).

    It was first reported in July that Anselmo and Brown would unite with Wylde and Benante for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.

    The band will headline a number of other major festivals across North America, South America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.

    According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown, who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.

    PANTERA is playing two shows in Mexico this month — Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and Monterrey Metal Fest — followed by appearances at three Knotfest festivals in South America. There will also be a one-off show with JUDAS PRIEST in São Paulo, Brazil and a headlining concert in Santiago.

    Earlier this week, Benante told Metal Edge: “The first show with PANTERA is going to be kinda nerve-wracking. I’m probably gonna need a couple of drinks to be honest with you, to kinda settle me down… I need to get that first PANTERA show under the belt.”

    Asked if he’s looking forward to any performing any particular PANTERA tracks, Benante said”: “I enjoy each one of them. When I look down at the list, I’m like, ‘Oh, I like this song,’ that type of thing. There’s two odd songs in there too that I don’t think they played, consistently, throughout [their] sets. Those are the two songs I enjoy playing the most, I think.”

    Regarding the criticism floating around social media about relaunching the PANTERA name more than two decades since the group played their last show, and all the chatter about it not being a true reunion without Vinnie and Dime, Benante said: “First off, it’s not a reunion. It’s a celebration of the music. If you saw the thing that went out, it was like, ‘PANTERA featuring…’ the four of us. Those two guys are a part of this and who else is there? Vinnie and Dime are not here, so, Philip and Rex, they were that band, too. [They] deserve to be there as much as anybody. I see the negative stuff sometimes, and I’m just like, ‘This is so ridiculous, man.’ Just enjoy hearing those songs again.”

    Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to approach the PANTERA gig: “I can’t go do this as the drummer from ANTHRAX because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound exactly like him.”

    Wylde said that he had a similar mindset. “You approach it the same way as you do when I’m playing with Ozzy,” he said. “Obviously I’ve gotta learn [Randy] Rhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta learn Jake‘s [E. Lee] stuff, and when I was doing the [BLACK] SABBATH stuff, you learn it and do it as faithful as you can. Charlie‘s gotta learn all of Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it as if you’re in a cover band. When we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATH cover band, “I don’t start changing lyrics midway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs — so that’s what you do.”

    A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTERA-centric set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former PANTERA bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

    In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a PANTERA tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

    Talk about a possible PANTERA “reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas.

    Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag‘s death.

    Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.


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    Pro Tools | Carbon – Now with Pro Tools Ultimate Perpetual


    Last year, when we ran a promotion that bundled a Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual license with new Pro Tools | Carbon interface purchases, it was a resounding success.So, we decided to make them constant companions.

    Starting November 25, 2022, everyone who purchases Pro Tools | Carbon will receive a Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual license in their Avid Account at the time of registration.

    What does that mean for you? More audio tracks! More aux tracks! More MIDI tracks! More master tracks! More routing folders! More video tracks! More advanced tools! More value! And more ways to expand your creative opportunities!

    For those of you who missed out on the promo last year and purchased Pro Tools | Carbon with Pro Tools Studio software, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered as well.

    If you activated your software anywhere from January 1, 2022 (when the previous promo ended) to November 25th (the date on which Ultimate is now included), we will be depositing a shiny new Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual license into your Avid Account.

    Please check your Products Not Yet Downloaded section in your account on or after November 25th to download your installer. We hope you enjoy

    This perfect pairing and take advantage of what more you can do with full creative power at your fingertips.

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    Ticketmaster Apologizes to Taylor Swift Fans for ‘Terrible Experience’

    Ticketmaster Apologizes to Taylor Swift Fans for ‘Terrible Experience’ – Rolling Stone

    Hours after Taylor Swift blasted Ticketmaster over the disastrous ticket rollout for The Eras Tour, the company issued an apology to both the singer and her fans.

    “We strive to make ticket buying as easy as possible for fans, but that hasn’t been the case for many people trying to buy tickets for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour,” the company said in a statement Friday night.

    “First, we want to apologize to Taylor and all of her fans – especially those who had a terrible experience trying to purchase tickets.”

    The crux of the problem, according to Ticketmaster, is that they didn’t anticipate the number of fans who would participate through the Verified Fan program, even though Swift said her team was “assured” Ticketmaster would be prepared. After being hit by record-setting traffic on the opening day of the presale, the sheer number of fans using the site “disrupted the predictability and reliability that is the hallmark of our Verified Fan platform.”

    The bulk of Ticketmaster’s explanation about why the ticket-buying process was so chaotic was posted before (and then deleted after) the company announced Thursday that the following day’s general on-sale for those still hoping for tickets was canceled “due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand.”

    Friday’s statement did not offer clarity about what would happen to the remaining tickets set for the general on-sale, if there even were any. “We’re working to shore up our tech for the new bar that has been set by demand for the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour. Once we get through that, if there are any next steps, updates will be shared accordingly,” the company said.

    Earlier in the day, Swift posted a statement on Instagram criticizing Ticketmaster for her fans’ nightmarish ticket-buying experience. “I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could,” Swift wrote. “It’s truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them.”


    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sent a letter addressed to the Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino expressing antitrust concerns over what she called a lack of competition in the live music industry, tweeted Friday, “Ticketmaster is the story of a monopoly gone wild. They are a vertically integrated giant with Live Nation that can drive up prices and offer subpar service. That’s why we will be holding a bipartisan hearing in the Senate on these issues so we can push for solutions.”

    It was also revealed on Friday that, even before the Swift fiasco, the Justice Department was already investigating whether Live Nation Entertainment has abused its power as the dominant force in the live music industry.

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    Anthrax’s Frank Bello: Pantera Reunion is “Great for Metal”


    As the fateful day draws nearer and the world gets a glimpse of what Pantera sounds like with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell and Vinnie Paul, metal artists continue to express their support for the effort. The latest to share his feelings on the matter was Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, whose band toured extensively with the original iteration of Pantera.

    While speaking with Detroit radio station WRIF, as transcribed by Blabbermouth, Bello reflected on his relationship with the guys in Pantera and the fact that the reunion/tribute/whatever you want to call it was happening in the first place.

    “I knew about it. Well, [Charlie] came to all of us [and told us about it].

    “Look, you have to understand, we were very, very, very close with Pantera. We were family; that’s our family. So if there’s one guy in the world to play drums and pay tribute to this thing, it’s Charlie Benante — right off the bat. He was very close with Dime, very close with Vinnie. We all were; we all were. So that’s family to us.

    “These songs should be celebrated. And having Charlie Benante play those songs, I think it’s gonna be great for Charlie. People know Charlie is a great drummer, but the world doesn’t know how great he is. I want people to [put] the spotlight on Charlie ’cause I want them to see what I see all the time — how great of a drummer he is. And I’m excited, ’cause I think Charlie’s gonna do it the right way. So is Zakk. So I think they have the right band there. Remember — I’m friends with these guys; Rex, Phil, these are family members to me.

    “So I think it’s a great celebration. I’ll be there watching it. I can’t wait. I think it’s a great thing. Can you imagine the people that haven’t seen this are gonna see these songs live? That’s a great thing. So I think it’s great for metal. I think it’s great to pay tribute to Dime and Vinnie. I’m looking forward to it. I think when people see it, they’re gonna bug out, ’cause [the guys in Pantera are] gonna do it right… I’m excited for [the fans], to be honest. I live through them, kind of. It’s, like, ‘Yeah, man, wait till you see this.’ This music should be celebrated. We’re part of this metal thing, this metal family.

    “Dime and Vinnie, rest their souls — God rest their souls — but they would be happy, I think, seeing this, because Charlie and Zakk were family to those guys. So I think it’s a big celebration. So I’m excited.”

    This isn’t the first time Bello’s given the idea his blessing, nor is it the first time he’s said he thinks the Abbotts would approve. Still, with so many people with personal connections to the OG Pantera saying how stoked they are for it and how the actual members would have reacted, it’s hard not to think this could be pretty sweet.

    So long as Zakk can finish learning Dime’s parts via YouTube guitar tutorials, that is.

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    Pro Tools Flex Is Now Pro Tools Ultimate – at a More Affordable Price..


    To simplify the Pro Tools product lineup, we are changing the name of Pro Tools Flex back to Pro Tools Ultimate. Along with this change we are also dropping the price of annual Pro Tools Ultimate subscriptions to $599 USD/year to better serve our independent audio post and music production customers. The cost of the current monthly license will not change and remain at $99 USD/month, and there is no change to educational annual pricing at $299 USD.

    Why the change?

    Since introducing Pro Tools Flex in April 2022 as part of the new Pro Tools product lineup (that also included Pro Tools Artist and Pro Tools Studio), we have been getting feedback from customers and resellers that the Flex bundle name was confusing. While Pro Tools Artist and Studio clearly reference the respective Pro Tools software included with each subscription, Flex didn’t follow this logic. And since early August, all Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual license customers with active Upgrades + Support plans are entitled to all the same content as Flex subscribers (plugins, third-party software, etc.), we’ve decided to unify the naming across both subscription and perpetual licenses to Pro Tools Ultimate.

    We also talked with many customers, especially independent audio post and music production professionals, who require the full power and advanced workflows of Pro Tools Ultimate but needed a more affordable solution for their business. As a result, we have repriced Pro Tools Ultimate annual subscriptions (and renewals) to $599 USD/year. We hope that this gives more of our customers access to Pro Tools Ultimate’s extensive sound for picture workflows, Pro Tools | HDX and Pro Tools | HD Native system support, and unprecedented performance to continue to tackle the most challenging and complex projects.

    So does anything else change?

    No. There is no change other than the name and price. If you are an existing Flex subscriber you will automatically see your product show up in your Avid Account as “Pro Tools Ultimate”—other than that, there are no changes. You can find everything that is included with Pro Tools Ultimate here, and easily compare the capabilities of the various Pro Tools offerings here. Note that teachers and students still have access to special educational pricing for Pro Tools Ultimate of $299 USD/year.

    The Pro Tools Flex subscription bundle has been renamed Pro Tools Ultimate and the price of an annual subscription has been reduced to $599 USD/year

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    Sequential reveal Trigon-6


    Sequential have revealed the Trigon-6, a six-voice polyphonic synthesizer which they say features all of the best qualities of their acclaimed Prophet-6 and OB-6 instruments, and offers their own take on the classic three-oscillator-plus-ladder-filter analogue sound that defined the dawn of the synth era.

    Oscillators & Filter

    The instrument is equipped with three newly designed voltage-controlled oscillators which offer triangle, saw, and pulse waves, and also features an enhanced version of the ladder filter that was originally created for the company’s Pro 3 synthesizer. The filter is a switchable two-pole / four-pole design, with dedicated feedback and drive controls that allow the synth to cover a wide variety of sounds with the turn of a knob. The Trigon-6 has a modest footprint, and is equipped with a four-octave keyboard that features semi-weighted keys with velocity and channel aftertouch.

    Effects & Sound Design

    A dual effects section provides a range of studio-quality effects including reverbs and delays, along with a chorus, flanger, phaser, and ring modulator. There is also an independent stereo distortion effect, which is an entirely analogue design and promises to add on-demand aggression to the instrument’s sound.

    Yet more character can be provided by a Vintage knob, which introduces some variation in calibration and component behaviour on a voice-to-voice basis. This behaviour is adjustable, with the Trigon-6 able to emulate the stability expected from a perfect modern instrument, as well as the more unpredictable characteristics associated with vintage instruments.

    Sequential say that the instrument boasts all of the sound-sculpting features that they have become known for, including “super snappy” envelopes, a syncable LFO which offers multiple waveforms and destinations, as well as an arpeggiator and polyphonic step sequencer. The Trigon-6 also sports a knob-per-function front panel, placing all of these controls directly at the player’s fingertips. 500 factory sounds are included, offering a wide range of classic basses, leads, and pads out of the box, with a further 500 spaces available for user presets.


    In terms of I/O, a stereo output is offered on a pair of quarter-inch jack sockets, with third quarter-inch jack providing a headphone output. MIDI In, Out, and Thru ports are available on five-pin DIN sockets, and MIDI I/O is also offered via USB. A further four quarter-inch jack sockets provide expression inputs for filter cutoff and volume, as well as a sustain pedal input and an input to connect a start/stop switch to control the on-board sequencer.

    Power is delivered to an internal supply via a standard IEC mains connector. The instrument measures 807 x 323 x 117 mm, and weighs 9.5kg.

    Video of Introducing the Sequential Trigon-6

    Pricing & Availability

    The Trigon-6 is available to order now, priced at $3499£3399.99 including VAT.

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