Stampede of the Disco Elephants

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Stampede of the Disco Elephants
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released 2014 (TBA)
Recorded 2012–2014
Label Cash Money, Republic Records
Producer Ross Robinson, Polow da Don, Detail
Limp Bizkit chronology
Gold Cobra
(2011)
Stampede of the Disco Elephants
(2014)
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2)
(TBA)
Singles from Stampede of the Disco Elephants
  1. "Ready to Go"
    Released: April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)
  2. "Thieves"
    Released: November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01)
  3. "Endless Slaughter"
    Released: 2014 (2014)

Stampede of the Disco Elephants is the upcoming seventh studio album by American nu metal band Limp Bizkit. It will be Limp Bizkit's first studio album released under Cash Money Records and Republic Records and their first album to be released after DJ Lethal's departure in 2012.

After the original line-up reunited in 2009, Gold Cobra was released in 2011. The band left Interscope and signed up with Cash Money Records in February 2012. After many delays, the first single for the album, "Ready to Go", featuring label mate Lil Wayne was released in April 2013 to positive reviews. On the 1st of November, the band released a new single "Thieves", a cover of the song by the industrial metal band Ministry. A third single,"Endless Slaughter" is scheduled to be released on cassette on their online shop.

The album is scheduled to be released in 2014.

Background[edit]

After the release of Gold Cobra to positive reception[1] in 2011 and subsequent touring, Limp Bizkit left their longtime label Interscope Records in December of the same year owing to creative differences and poor sales of the album.[2] On February 24, Limp Bizkit signed with Cash Money Records, and revealed plans to release a new single, "Ready to Go", a full-length album and a sequel to their 2005 album, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1).[3] Cash Money co-founder Birdman said,"If we find some great talent, we're gonna embrace it. Limp Bizkit, to me, is just a perfect match for us… It was something that Fred Durst was interested in doing, and I was already a fan, and I was like, 'Let's do it.' It's good for the brand, it will bring a different look for us, and we're definitely trying to expand on that side of music."[4]

“As both an artist and someone who has signed artists, I can say without a doubt that Cash Money is at the top of their game. What attracted me to the label is not only their great taste and hustle, but their belief in their artists and the family atmosphere. [They] allow their artists to be themselves and encourage creative output and continued development. I...look forward...to Limp Bizkit putting out some of our best music to date.”

—Vocalist Fred Durst, on why Limp Bizkit signed with Cash Money Records[5]

However, after a dispute between frontman Fred Durst over his and John Otto's "partying habits" and drug abuse, DJ Lethal was fired from the band in March 2012.[6]

Guitarist Wes Borland released a second studio album with his side project Black Light Burns in mid 2012 and toured in support of the album throughout 2012. It was only in December that the band's first offering for Cash Money was seen. A song called "Lightz (City of Angels)"[7] was prematurely leaked via YouTube. In October 2012, DJ Lethal posted an apology using his Twitter account and was accepted back by the band, but he was dismissed again and left out of their upcoming 2013 tour of the US, replaced by touring turntablist DJ Skeletor.[8][9][10]

Recording and composition[edit]

Rapper and labelmate Lil Wayne performed the guest vocals on Ready to Go.

The band started working on the album in 2012, when they signed with Cash Money.[11] The single, "Ready to Go" was produced by hip hop producer Polow da Don.[11] Durst had then told Billboard that he was putting the finishing touches on the track in March 2013.[11]

In their positive review of the single, Artistdirect wrote," 'Ready to Go' feels like a band reawakened in many ways. At the same time, it's the Bizkit the world knows and loves from Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water".[12]

In May 2013, amidst their tour of the USA, Borland told Billboard, "We're really trying to get it hammered out here. We're done with most of the music, pretty much all the music. I've mixed two songs and have a lot more mixing to do. The lyrics and vocals are probably 30 percent done, and Fred is working as we speak, on tour." Describing the album's sound, he said, " [It's] a little more pressure-free and a little more fun. I think it's a little bit more sort of playful, taking chances, a little less pop structured type of stuff. I don't want to say it (sounds) younger, but maybe a little more carefree, musically, to where we don't over-think what we're doing. We're leaving mistakes in and going, 'Oh, that sounds great, leave that in.' That's sort of the thinking instead of polishing too much or trying to stay within the parameters of a formula."[13] He also said that producer Ross Robinson (who previously produced the band's debut album and The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) ) has worked on "a little bit" of the album, along with the label's producer Detail, although it was primarily "a do-it-yourself affair."[13] He further explained the album title, saying, "[It's] just from being stupid. I think we saw a disco ball elephant in the window of a shop somewhere. We were like, 'Look, it's a disco elephant. We should call our record Stampede of the Disco Elephants.' It's just a 10-second conversation that snowballed."[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

Borland had stated in 2013 that the album would be completed by August and the band was hoping for a September release date.[13] However, in July 2013, Durst stated on a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" event that the record will be released in the first quarter of 2014,[14] but the album has since been indefinitely postponed to be released "sometime in 2014".

The first official single for the album, "Ready to Go", featuring Lil Wayne, was released in March 2013 on limpbizkit.com as a free download and, on April 16, as a digital single on iTunes[15] and Amazon[16] and the music video, directed by Durst, was released on 22 July.[17] On August 20, 2013, Limp Bizkit posted on their Facebook page that a second single is to be expected soon. It was soon confirmed to be set for release on November 1, 2013. The second single turned out to be "Thieves"; a cover of the song by Ministry that they performed live at Woodstock in 1999 and throughout many of their live sets since 1997, but hadn't released a studio version until now. A month later, on December 11, the previously leaked track, "Lightz" was officially released as a promotional single, along with an accompanying music video.[18] The band labelled it as "gift" for their fans.

Via an official Facebook post on May 30, 2014, the next single, "Endless Slaughter" was confirmed. Referring to it as the first "experience" off their upcoming album, the track is set to be released on cassette only during concerts, with the band encouraging potential listeners to invest in a "BOOM BOX for your analogue listening pleasure". It is still unclear whether a digital format of the track will be made available.[19] Limp Bizkit will embark upon a European tour from June 24 to July 4, 2014, followed by 2 dates in USA and finally culminating on November 16 at the second annual Knotfest in Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, where Limp Bizkit will perform along with festival founders Slipknot, longtime friends Korn, and other heavy metal acts such as Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium and In Flames.[20][21]

Confirmed Tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold Cobra on Metacritic". 
  2. ^ Amy Sciarretto (December 3, 2011). "Limp Bizkit part ways with Interscope". Loudwire. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst: 'We're working on the craziest metal record ever' | News". NME. March 8, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jason Lipshutz (March 1, 2012). "Limp Bizkit-Lil Wayne Single Has 'Hip-Hop-Rock Swagger,' says Birdman". Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Grandmaster Grouchy Greg (February 27, 2012). "Birdman, Slim and Fred Durst Discuss Limp Bizkit Deal". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal: "I’ve Been Berated, Made To Look Like A Drug Addict" - Music News, Reviews, Interviews and Culture". Music Feeds. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ Chad Childers (Oct 29, 2012). "New Limp Bizkit Song ‘Lightz (City of Angels)’ Surfacas Online". Loudwire.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "BIZKIT TOUR TO BE EVEN LIMPER WITHOUT DJ LETHAL’S INVOLVEMENT". Metal Insider. Retrieved 29 Apr 2013. 
  9. ^ "Limp Bizkit Boot DJ Lethal From Tour". www.ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 29 Apr 2013. 
  10. ^ DJ Lethal: “I want to go on tour bad”
  11. ^ a b c Jason Lipshutz (March 25, 2013). "Limp Bizkit Is 'Ready To Go' with Lil Wayne On New Single". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Limp Bizkit "Ready to Go" Featuring Lil Wayne Song Review — 5 out of 5 stars". Artistdirect. March 24, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d Gary Graff (May 13, 2013). "Limp Bizkit Sprints to Finish 'Stampede,' Explains Album Title and DJ Lethal Split". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Fred Durst (username: koobrik) reveals album release date". Reddit. July 22, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ready To Go - Single". iTunes. April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ready To Go [Explicit]". Amazon.com. April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ready to Go music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAAwCu-Lu4
  18. ^ Max (11 December 2013). "New Song and Video "Lightz" Has Been Released." (News post). Limpbizkit.com. Limp Bizkit. Retrieved 11 December 2013. "Please enjoy and accept this video LIGHTZ as a gift for being you and try your best to have a wonderful day..." 
  19. ^ Chad Childers (May 31, 2014). "Limp Bizkit Plot Cassette Release for New Song ‘Endless Slaughter’". Loudwire. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/limpbizkit/app_123966167614127
  21. ^ http://knotfestjapan.com/
  22. ^ "R2G artwork".