World news roundup: Mike Portnoy’s pain; Korn has to hurt plus Poison, the Darkness, Sepultura, Hammerfall and Fall Out Boy

Hard of hearing: Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy reveals he’s finding it a challenge to listen to the material Dream Theater have recorded without him.

The band are poised to release new album A Dramatic Turn of Events, their first without Portnoy, who sensationally quit last year, and has now formed new band Adrenaline Mob.

The drummer says: “It’s very difficult for me to hear. Nobody wants to see their ex-wife of 25 years with a new husband moving into the house you built. It’s painful – a Dream Theater without me was never the plan. But they’ve chosen to move on and I just have to kind of sit on the sidelines and watch and listen.”

Portnoy is being careful with what he says about his former band: “Whatever I say, good or bad, it’s probably going to come across wrong and will be misinterpreted. So let’s leave it at ‘no comment.’”

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Jonathan Davis says Korn’s lyrics are mainly about pain and torment because he’s writing about what he knows.

The frontman explains: “I’ve always written about what I’ve been dealing with. It might be because of my background growing up, being called ‘freak’ by kids in Bakersfield, that those themes are natural to me.”

He says his own proudest achievement with the band is their Untouchables album and he’s looking forward to releasing their latest project, a dubstep LP made in collaboration with Skrillex and other DJs: “It’s come out to be some very interesting stuff.”

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Poison were always going to be around for a long time, claims frontman Bret Michaels.

He says: “I did imagine a lifelong career with the band. Life is about loyalty to me – you stick together. I’m still amazed by Poison and what we’ve done together so far.”

The singer says being honest is what’s kept them going: “We never faked it. It’s a simple formula but its built on authenticity. The fans aren’t dumb: they recognise when you’re putting your all into what you’re doing and they see straight through you when you’re not.”

Michaels believes the band will make another album when the time is right. “I’m not sure when it’ll happen,” he says, “But I’m sure it will one day. I love writing music and I love those guys.”

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Justin Hawkins reports the Darkness are proceeding well with their comeback album.

He says: “To use one analogy, the house is built, and it’s a lovely house. How we decorate it is the next conundrum.

“We could do all those big Queen arrangements – it’s just whether we want to. We have to decide how the happy ending goes.”

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Andreas Kisser has had an Anthrax tattoo inked to mark his time standing in for Scott Ian during the summer.

The Sepultura guitarist was called up because Ian needed to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. All went well and the baby was born early, but Kisser played the dates in July anyway, and was thanked by the band for making the experience so easy for them.

Kisser says: “It’s an amazing feeling. To be part of the Big 4 shows, and jamming at the end, was great. And I was representing Brazilian heavy metal in a way.

“it’s amazing. I’m going to remember it for the rest of my life. My whole family is really enjoying it and my fans in Brazil are very proud. I just can’t say anything bad about it.”

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Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans says they weren’t allowed to use in the international biohazard symbol on their new album – because, the right to use it in connection with music is owned by the US hardcore band of the same name.

Cans reports: “It was on the cover and on the slipcase, but for some reason Biohazard have it copyrighted.

“I didn’t really understand how they can copyright something like that. We said, ‘There’s a biohazard virus all over Europe – but you can’t put up signs because Biohazard own the rights to it?’ But they own it for music, so we said, ‘We’ll take it away.’”

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Former Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump says he’s delighted his solo career allows him to be playing to a hundred people who want to see him rather than 100,000 who don’t.

“I love the silent freedom, where there’s not a lot of expectation,” he says. “I’m nobody again, and I love it.

“When I listen to the last Fall Out Boy record, I hear me pushing the band in ways they didn’t want to go. It took some self-awareness to be like, ‘Okay, I should have somewhere to do this so the band doesn’t have to.’

“The stuff around us got to be so frustrating, so much and so big that it became this behemoth following us around. So it’s really nice to have no expectations.”

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