Architects’ Sam Carter Talks Various Collaborations on New Album

We’ve seen a lot of collaborations in rock and metal lately, mainly due to the fact that everyone has been working remotely and relying on technology to make new music. Architects‘ new album For Those That Wish to Exist has several special guests on it, and frontman Sam Carter told Loudwire Nights how the collaborations came to fruition.

Among the guest appearances on the album are Parkway Drive‘s Winston McCall, Royal Blood‘s Mike Kerr and Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil. Carter went into detail about his relationship with each of the artists and why he felt they had a place on For Those That Wish to Exist.

As for McCall, Carter described Architects and Parkway Drive as having a longstanding relationship dating back to the early 2000s. “They’ve always looked after us and been very kind to us. They took us to Australia for the first time and put us on in front of thousands of people out there. So they’ve always been great,” he said.

“That was always gonna happen one way or another like I’d be on theirs or he’d be on ours. It was always a conversation. I’m so glad that that happened.”

The Architects frontman grew up in a small village in the UK, and he established a friendship with Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher. “And then two bands have come out of there, which is pretty cool. We lived on opposite sides of the road, and we’re best mates. So for us doing well and them doing well, it’s really cool,” Carter said.

As Royal Blood’s career started, Carter became acquainted with Kerr through Thatcher, and they bonded very quickly. He felt that the song “Little Wonder” was “written for” Kerr. “He absolutely smashed it,” Carter added of the collaboration.

And finally, Neil’s appearance on the song “Goliath” was simply a result of Architects’ being fans of Biffy Clyro. “We’ve just been massive fans of Biffy since we were kids, growing up there was such an influence on us and on our band,” Carter enthused.

For Those That Wish to Exist is out today on Epitaph — get it here now. To hear more about the album and any prospective tour plans, listen to the full interview above.

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LAPD Conduct Wellness Check on Marilyn Manson

The Los Angeles Police Department conducted a wellness check on Marilyn Manson last night at the request of one of the musician’s friends. Cops found Manson to be fine inside his home, though he declined to come outside to meet them.

On Feb. 1, Evan Rachel Wood and four additional women accused Marilyn Manson of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Manson was subsequently dropped by his record label and agency, and lost televised roles he was booked for. Manson’s former fiance Rose McGowan and former guitarist Wes Borland have both come out in support of Manson’s accusers.

TMZ reports a worried friend of Manson’s called the LAPD after being unable to contact the musician. After arriving at his home, police officers made several attempts to have Manson come outside and speak to them, while at one point, an LAPD helicopter circled overhead and shined a spotlight onto Manson’s property. A rep for the singer informed police that Manson was okay and the cops left without incident.

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner,” Wood said on Instagram, “also known to the world as Marilyn Manson He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”

Manson denied the allegations with his own statement. “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

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Wes Borland: Allegations Against Marilyn Manson Are F–king True

Former Marilyn Manson and longtime Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has spoken out on the singer, publicly stating that the allegations against the musician are true, adding that he was around when Evan Rachel Wood was dating the Antichrist Superstar.

Earlier this week, Evan Rachel Wood and four additional women accused Marilyn Manson of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Wood famously testified to Congress in 2018, detailing an abusive relationship to advocate for a sexual assault survivors bill. She initially left her ex-partner unnamed, but came forward on Feb. 1, identifying Marilyn Manson as her abuser.

Wes Borland joined Marilyn Manson’s band in 2008, lasting less than a year before reuniting with Limp Bizkit. While speaking with the Twitch channel Space Zebra, Borland sounded off on Marilyn Manson.

“Marilyn Manson… I was in the band for nine months. He’s not a great guy,” Borland said. “Every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true. So relax about the allegations towards the women… like when people say [bad things about] these women that are coming after him right now… fuck off, they are speaking the truth. I’m sorry to everyone on this podcast right now who doesn’t like this. But that guy, he’s amazingly talented, but he’s fucked up and he needs to be put in check and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons. He is a bad fucking guy.”

The guitarist continued, “I was there when he was with Evan Rachel Wood, I was at his house, it’s not fucking cool. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. If anyone is coming after these girls and going like, ‘You blah blah blah, this and that,’ fuck you, that’s all I’m gonna say. Sorry to take this to a dark place, but that guy is canceled, goodbye, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” [via MetalSucks]

Watch Borland speak about Manson starting at 52:47 here.

“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Marilyn Manson wrote in a statement shared on his Instagram page with the comments disabled. “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

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Keith Wallen Drops Hypnotic Solo Track ‘Dream Away’

Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen has built up quite the resume in recent years, writing with a wealth of other acts. But this spring he’ll step out on his own with his first solo set. To whet your appetite for what’s to come, we’re premiering the new song and video “Dream Away” right here at Loudwire.

The track has a soaring and hypnotic quality to it as the lyrics long for a need to escape the everyday woes for a more idyllic world. Wallen co-wrote the track with longtime Red and In Flames drummer Joe Rickard. It’s a beautifully crafted cut that bodes well for Wallen’s upcoming release.

Speaking with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez, Wallen said of the track, “I think that we’ve all had kind of a tough year with everything happening in the world — Covid and everything. A lot of us were kind of left to our own devices for better for worse in our houses quarantining, so you’re kind of sitting their thinking, ‘Man, how do we get out of this? How do I escape this frame of mind?’ A lot of it was just bad news everyday for a while there and it was tough to take.”

He added, “I guess sometimes you just want to get away, even if it’s just imagining that things can get better. But hope is still alive and it’s something that can be nurtured, so that’s really what the song is about — just not giving up on hope and having positive horizons.” Check out the lyrics for the track below:

“Dream Away” Lyrics

Out on the colder side of the moon
Seeking a way to get back to you
Waking up to never-ending light
I just need to close my eyes
I just need to close my eyes

And dream away
Of a new life
Try to forget my worries for a while
And isolate
In my own mind
Nothing matters but to feel alive

Out on the colder side of the moon
Carry your name it’s all I can do
Dark abyss comes through my line of sight
I just need to close my eyes
I just need to close my eyes

And dream away
And dream away
And dream away
Nothing matters but to feel alive
Dream away

Wallen, who played with Copper and Adelitas Way before joining Breaking Benjamin and has co-written songs for Saint Asonia, Red, Pillar, Fuel and Saving Abel, has been working on his solo material since before the pandemic started.

For the song’s video, he called in director Wombat Fire and the end result is a futuristic video in which Wallen shifts from a darkened DJ performance to embracing a nightly landscape cruising through empty streets against the backdrop of city lights.

If you like “Dream Away,” be sure to pick up the track via Apple Music, Spotify or Deezer. And check out Keith’s full interview with Loudwire Nights in the player below the video.

Keith Wallen “Dream Away” Single Art

Keith Wallen, “Dream Away”

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