Stampede of the Disco Elephants
|This article is outdated. (July 2015)|
|Stampede of the Disco Elephants|
|Studio album by Limp Bizkit|
|Producer||Ross Robinson, Polow da Don, Detail|
|Limp Bizkit chronology|
|Singles from Stampede of the Disco Elephants|
Stampede of the Disco Elephants is the upcoming seventh studio album by American nu metal band Limp Bizkit. It is set to be Limp Bizkit's first album to be released since DJ Lethal's departure in May, 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. The first single "Lightz" was released on 26 October 2012. After many delays, the second single for the album, "Ready to Go", featuring label mate Lil Wayne was released on 16th of April 2013 to positive reviews. On the 1st of November 2013, the band released a new single "Thieves", a cover of the song by the industrial metal band Ministry. A fourth single, "Endless Slaughter" was released on the 1st of August 2014 at their site for free download. After numerous delays, the album was said for release in the second quarter of 2015[when?]. The band officially left Cash Money Records in October 26th of 2014 stating that "While we had a lot of fun making 'Ready To Go' with Lil Wayne which turned out into a great song we decided that they wanted to go a different route creatively but we still have respect for everyone at Cash Money and look forward to the future and the release of Stampede Of The Disco Elephants".
After the release of Gold Cobra 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. 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). 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."
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)" 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.
Recording and composition
The band started working on the album in 2012, when they signed with Cash Money. The single, "Ready to Go" was produced by hip hop producer Polow da Don. Durst had then told Billboard that he was putting the finishing touches on the track in March 2013.
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".
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." 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." 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."
Release and promotion
Borland had stated in 2013 that the album would be completed by August and the band was hoping for a September release date. 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, 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 and Amazon and the music video, directed by Durst, was released on 22 July. 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. 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". The single has since been released as a free download on their website and has since been given its own music video. 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.
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Please enjoy and accept this video LIGHTZ as a gift for being you and try your best to have a wonderful day...
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