Korn’s James “Munky” Shaffer has been working on the debut album of his new project Fear And The Nervous System since 2008. Over the past few years though, we haven’t heard anything from the guitarist’s new group, which also features Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, Repeater vocalist Steve Krolikowski, Bad Religion Drummer Brooks Wackerman, Leopold Ross and Zach Baird. However, today the band premiered a new song called “Choking Victim.” Fans can download the track for free via the supergroup’s newly launched website, or can listen to the track via the YouTube clip up top.
After listening to the song one time through, it obviously has more elements of Korn than Faith No More or Bad Religion. With that said, the song is pretty good and definitely has us interested in listening to the whole album. As for when Fear And The Nervous System will release said debut album is still unknown. However, the band’s Twitter page confirms that Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland’s artwork will still serve as the album’s cover. It’s also unclear as to whether the debut will still be released by Munky’s Emotional Syphon Recordings.
We’ll keep you posted when more develops, but for now, enjoy the free download.
You most likely know Shia LaBeouf from his acting in the Transformers films. You may even know him from his Disney Channel days. As of late, though, when Mr. LaBeouf is done battling talking robots and hooking up with co-stars, he dabbles with music videos. LaBeouf has recently directed videos for Kid Cudi’s “Marijuana” and Cage’s “I Never Knew.” Apparently, his next music related filming project will be with none other than Marilyn Manson.
Manson has reportedly tapped LaBeouf to film a documentary chronicling the making of his new album. LaBeouf himself discussed his latest collaboration on ABC’s Live With Regis And Kelly, saying the following:
“He’s a real sweet guy. He’s an eccentric human being. He lives in West Hollywood above a liquor store. There’s no lights in the room. And there’s sort of these big metal doors and he opens the door and he’s in a kimono, a big pink kimono… It’s sort of like a lair. No lights, so you have to use your cellphone to guide you around… We sat and watched movies for a while…. and talked about what kind of visuals he wanted on his album. Which are all really eccentric ideas. All things I can’t really say out loud because this is morning television.”
Manson’s new album will be his first with Cooking Vinyl Records, though no release date has been released (all we’ve gotten so far is a creepy 26 second teaser). It’s unclear whether LaBeouf’s film will be included with the album, or if it’ll transform into its own thing. As odd of a pairing as this is, Manson has been seen with Hollywood elite in weirder scenarios.
If the answer to the question proposed in the headline is no, then…well, sorry. We got to see a glimpse of the Limp Bizkit guitarist doing his Indiana Jones impersonation at the beginning of the “Gold Cobra” video. We’ve also seen them pay homage to another George Lucas franchise. But earlier this week, the band released the video spoof Indy And The Gold Cobra II, featuring an auto-tuned Borland as Indy giving motivational advice while promoting the band’s new album.
We have to give Borland and Bizkit credit for having a little fun while trying to do last minute promotion for Gold Cobra. Plus, it’s more bearable than watching Fred Durst’s appearance onChelsea Lately. You can watch the clip for yourself up top.
When you release a music video in support of a new album, you want as many people as possible to see it right? Well, apparently not if you’re Queensryche.
The Seattle prog rockers have released a new video for the song “Get Started.” However, in order to see this masterpiece of a video, you have to “validate” through a widget (as seen off to the side) to prove that you’ve actually bought their new album Dedicated To Chaos. That’s right, only people who have bought the album can watch the music video that is online.
Granted, it’s swell of Geoff Tate and co. to reward fans who bought the album this week. But why would you prevent potential new fans from viewing a viral marketing tool that could convince them to buy the album? In this day in age, you should try and get as many people as possible to watch or listen to your stuff, not prevent them. It’s not like I’m going to think to myself “Oh, I need to buy the album to watch this video. Better go to iTunes and purchase the thing then!” Videos are used to promote, not reward.
If by chance have a copy of Dedicated To Chaos (and can prove that you’ve legally bought it, because Dr. X is apparently watching your every purchase) and still want to watch the video for “Get Started,” then you can head over to the widget and start the process of validation.
Minutes before A Perfect Circle took the stage in Portland, OR last night (June 29), guitarist Billy Howerdel promised that the band would debut a new song. And sure enough, the band kept to their word. A Perfect Circle closed the first show of their Summer tour by performing a new song called “By And Down.”
Seeing how Howerdel recently said that it’s unlikely that the band will release a full album, “By And Down” may be the only new material we get from APC in the foreseeable future. Although, Maynard James Keenan recently told Spin Magazine that APC “might put out a track or two,” and that “The energy is good, so there’s always the potential for a future.”
You can watch fan filmed footage of APC performing the new song up top. You can also check out pictures and a review of the show over at Spin Magazine’swebsite.
After word leaked of its sale yesterday morning, it was later confirmed that MySpace was being sold to advertising network Specific Media for dismal $35 million. Two things popped into many people’s minds upon the announcement, one being “wow, MySpace was sold for that little?!” and the other being “who is Specific Media?” While the advertising network may not be well known, they’ve brought in a pretty big name to help bring MySpace back to its glory days: Justin Timberlake.
The pop star turned actor has been given ownership stake in the social network site and has been named MySpace’s new Creative Director. Timberlake, who gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network (get the irony?), had the following to say about his new endeavor:
“There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. MySpace has the potential to be that place. Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalize MySpace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.”
This announcement confirms that MySpace’s new owners are planning to enhance the site’s focus on music, which makes sense since that has pretty much been the only thing people have used the site for these past few years. It’s still going to be an uphill battle for MySpace, though. YouTube and Vevo’s presence in music has been hurting MySpace for the past year, and Facebook are planning their entrance into music as we speak. However, having Timberlake’s star power is certainly a big step up for the struggling social network site.
Timberlake and Specific Media will be holding a press conference to reveal their changes to MySpace later this Summer. We’ll keep you posted when more is revealed.
Fucking hostile? More like fucking adorable. Young Jonah has become a YouTube sensation thanks to a video posted online of him rocking out to Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile.” At this point, the video has already been viewed by over 231,000 people on YouTube alone.
As cute as it is to see the little guy rocking out in time with the song, our favorite part might be Jonah attempting to pull off a one man circle pit. Watch the video for yourself up top or on YouTube.
We’re still glad that Adam “Nergal” Darski is recovering well after his bone marrow transplant, but now he has to deal with another pain: Polish religious nuts…again. Back in 2007, Nergal called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” and tore up a copy of the Bible, calling it “a book of lies,” during Behemoth’s performance in Gdynia, Poland. The incident resulted in the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects suing Behemoth for promoting Satanism. Though the District Court in Gdynia dismissed the case last Summer, the case has now been appealed and Nergal had to appear in court once again earlier today.
While he confirmed that the incident took place (as proven by the video up top), Nergal stressed that the only people offended by his actions were people not at the concert. He also continued to offend his action as “an artistic metaphor.” Metal Blade Records released a statement from Nergal about the hearing:
“I spent 5 hours In the court in Gdynia today. The case is back on track and there’s still few witnesses to be interviewed. It’s way too early to give any further comment. I just hope the final verdict is gonna be positive for me. I have a feeling that I’m in this situation for right reasons and I’m not giving up. Cross fingers! The battle ain’t over yet…”
Pretty much we feel the same way as probably most metal fans: this is ridiculous. The fact that anyone can be punished for unflattering comments about another’s religious beliefs is simply in our mind absurd. You can watch video of the bible tearing incident, which Nergal also claims was illegally distributed because it had been made clear that no photography or recording was allowed during the show, can be seen up top. You can also watch Nergal talking outside of the courtroom to Polish TV (in polish) online.
Unsigned & Streamed vets Anciients, who’s Season of Mist debut Heart of Oak is out now, have landed the opening slot on the Lamb of God tour. They’ll be playing from May 16 – June 10. Check out the dates here.
Sinestra Studios (who very often provides Metal Insider with some killer live photos) is hosting its very first art galleria and metal show on Saturday, May 25, at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets for the event are onsale now.
Louna has premiered a new music video for the song “Business” with Crave Online. The extravagant and politically themed music video comes in support of the Russian hard rock group’s new album, Behind The Mask, available now via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED.