Archive | May, 2012
Fear Factory’s latest album, The Industrialist, isn’t out until Tuesday (5), but that hasn’t stopped people from covering music from it already. Dead Talking Mind, a band from Lyon, France, have posted their take of the album’s first single, “Recharger,” on YouTube, and they don’t do a half bad job. For one, they don’t use a drum machine. For two, topical! And although it takes three singers to replicate the vocals of Burton C. Bell, they pull it off. If this was just done to get them attention, it apparently worked, because not only are we writing about it, but even Dino Cazares noticed. Want to find out more about the band (Dead Talking Mind, not Fear Factory)? Check out their website.
The metal community was shocked and saddened in February when word came that Kings X drummer Jerry Gaskill had suffered a heart attack. A month later, he left the hospital, but while things sounded encouraging, there wasn’t any word on his condition – until now. The prog-leaning hard rock band will be touring this Fall with Gaskill behind the drum throne, opening for Kansas.
Not too long ago I was thinking I might not ever get back on a stage, now I’m ready and with the ok from all my doctors,” Gaskill commented. “What better way to get back than to tour with the legendary KANSAS. Let’s rock…”
It’s been four years since the band’s last studio album, XV, but Kings X will be touring behind 2010′s Live Love in London. They seem excited to be touring with Kansas, with frontman dUg Pinnick commenting “I’ve been a huge Kansas fan since the beginning. I remember sitting on the floor with my friends listening to the just-released record Song for America. Fast forward to years later, Kings X is going on tour with hte!! It is an honor to be doing shows with them. This is gonna rock!” Kansas guitarist Richard Williams reciprocated, calling King’s X “a great band and a force to be reckoned with.” It’s great to hear that the 55 year-old Gaskill has recovered enough to be able to play again. Tour dates after the jump. Read more »
If you’re a true metal fan, you probably at least have some of your collection on vinyl. There’s nothing like experiencing the album as a ritual: putting it on a turntable, scrutinizing the artwork and liner notes, and knowing that when metal started as a genre, this was THE way to listen to it. Back on Black is a UK-based company that specializes in putting out high-end vinyl editions of metal albums, and thanks to our friends at EMI Music Label Services, we’re giving you a chance to win seven albums from Dark Angel, Dark Funeral, Dismember, Exodus and Sylosis!
You can win the following albums, all of which are on 180 gram colored vinyl:
Sylosis – Edged Earth (2xLP)
Dark Angel – Live Scars
Dark Funeral – The Secrets of the Black Arts (2XLP)
Dismember – Complete Demos
Dismember – Death Metal (2XLP)
Dismember – Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Exodus – Shovel Headed Kill Machine
We’re giving away five separate prize packs, each of which will contain all seven albums. We’ll be accepting entries until 11:59pm on Friday, June 8. Multiple entries will be disqualified, and unfortunately, this contest is open to U.S. residents only.
You’ve probably heard “Take My Bones Away,” the first single from Baroness’ double album Yellow and Green by now. Well, now you can own it. It’s being offered as a free download at Rcrd Lbl here. The album(s) will be out on July 17.
So in case you haven’t heard, the zombie apocalypse is upon us! In Miami this past weekend, police shot and killed a drugged up naked man in the process of eating some guy’s face (there’s pictures here, but they’re extremely NSFW and you can’t unsee them). Because the Miami New Times figured that they might as well provide a service to go along with this disturbing story, they tapped the services of Tool/Puscifer singer/Merkin Vineyards entrepreneur Maynard James Keenan. If you’re going to wind up eating a human face, you might as well have expert advice on what kind of wine to pair with it.
While the closest Metal Insider comes to recommending cannibalism is listening to Cannibal Corpse, Keenan had no problem offering his picks for the best wine to sip alongside a face. “For cheeks, you’ll obviously want a pinot noir,” he told the blog. Since the tongue is gamier, he recommends a larger shiraz with oak in it, or Barolo if it’s served raw with olive oil and herbs. As for the nose and lips, he said that since they’re more aligned with hot dogs or bratwurst, he’d recommend beer. It’s ironic, or perhaps not, that the interview is so tongue in cheek. Puscifer will be on tour (hitting Miami on June 12, actually) starting next week. Check their tour dates here.
photo: Mark Weiss
Lita Ford has been through quite a bit in the last few years: a ‘comeback’ album that she was merely a participant in (2010′s poorly-received Wicked Wonderland), a painful separation from her husband and children, and almost getting hit by a train, then arrested for it (more on that below). However, things are turning around for her. Her new album, Living Like a Runaway, (out on SPV on June 19) is a lot more of a traditional, Lita-sounding record, and as is apparent from the album title, she’s addressing her time in The Runaways, the iconic ’70s all girl hard rock band that recently inspired a film. And she’ll be on tour with fellow ’80s stalwarts Def Leppard and Poison later this Summer. We first started talking about the cover of the album, which features Ford standing on railroad tracks.
So you were talking about your album cover.
It was fun, we were on the train tracks and the sun was going down, and Mark Weiss was doing the photo session. This train was coming and I’m like, ‘Mark, a train is coming,’ and he goes, “Yeah, the headlights look really cool behind you.” So I’m standing there making a pose and I said, ‘let me know when the train is a little too close’ and (SPV label head) Maria said, “Uh, you guys should probably get off the tracks now,” and I could hear this train coming and he was right behind me. So we took a few steps off the track and the conductor drove past us and said, “I called the cops!” So me, and Maria, and Mark Weiss ran into his studio we locked the doors and turned off the lights; we were in there trying to hide from the cops. And they came back the next day – they were there for two days looking for us.
Its gonna be a good picture, but it might lead into a criminal investigation!
I know right? It looks superimposed, but Mark actually did get the photograph with me and the train right behind me, literally right behind me. And the look on my face is like, holy shit, you know, am I gonna get hit?
That sounds like Stand by Me!. So you titled the album Living Like a Runaway, which is essentially confronting your past head on. Was that intentional?
Well it has a couple different meanings actually. We weren’t sure if we were going to call the album Branded or Living Like a Runaway.And I got on the phone with [my label] and they loved Living Like a Runaway. There was no doubt in their mind that that was the album title. And at the time I hadn’t even written the song yet, so I thought, ‘okay well great, great title, it’s a done deal.’ So I hung up the phone and I immediately went to work on trying to write the song. And it came about that at the time I really was living like a runaway. I mean, I had run away from home. Not in the Runaways days, because my parents were wonderful; I didn’t have to run away from home when I was in the Runaways. This song does reflect back on the Runaways’ days, when I was seventeen riding in the back of a black limousine, shakin’ the streets of Hollywood, and it does reflect back on the Runaways’ days. But it also reflects back on a couple years ago when I really did leave home. I left home with nothing but the shirt on my back. I had nowhere to live and had no money. I was living like a runaway. And, my song writing partner, Michael Dan, he said to me, “there’s your title right there.” Read more »
We’ve been plenty psyched about The Night Flight Orchestra, the classic rock-ish band that features Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid and Arch Enemy bassist Sharlee D’Angelo. If Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and the Scorpions had a baby with Dynasty-era KISS in the late ’70s, it would sound a bit like NFO. This definitely isn’t the heaviest thing out there, but each song is catchy, the band’s super tight, and if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned bands, this record could well be your soundtrack to the Summer.
The good news is that their label Coroner Records is streaming their full album, Internal Affairs, on their website right now. The band classify themselves as “classic rock,’ and Metal Sucks, who first turned us onto them, call them “dad rock,” but it just sounds like good, retro-ish hard rock to us. If you’re coming to the band only as a fan of Arch Enemy or Soilwork, you might be a little disappointed, but damned if you won’t find songs like “West Ruth Avenue” or “California Morning” stuck in your head. The album comes out in Europe next Friday, but you can preorder it right here.
On August 21, The Darkness will release their third and first album since disbanding in 2006, Hot Cakes. And while we’ve previously heard the song called “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us,” we now have another new song from the UK rock group. And while the lyric video for “Every Inch Of You” starts off with a model stripping, it gets a little weird when frontman Justin Hawkin pops onto the screen screaming “TO SUCK MY COCK.”
Watch the lyric video for “Every Inch Of You,” now available via iTunes, above. In the meantime, you can also check out the track listing for Hot Cakes after the jump. Read more »
There’s nothing more American than football (well, American football anyway). And you’d think that its quarterbacks would enjoy some good old fashioned mass-appeal butt rock. Not so with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This is a little old, but apparently, last month Rodgers and his fellow tight end Tom Crabtree were going back and forth with each other about red state rock, and Rodgers isn’t a fan, specifically of Nickelback.
Rodgers first asked in a tweet “what are the odds @TCrabtree83 is rocking out to Alter Bridge right now with jean shorts on and his tribals showing.” He then asked “could forcing your child to listen to alter bridge, creed and nickleback be considered cruel and unusual punishment?” He might have gotten some tweets from fans defending them, since he then replied “If those are ur 3 favorite bands i shouldn’t b following me, or even on a computer, u should b finishing up ur last couple coloring books.”
Rodgers took the rest of April off, but about a month later, started in again on Crabtree, saying “If @Tcrabtree blocked u, u probably don’t have a tribal tat of disrespected his favorite band Hinder.” And while not directed at Crabtree, he later asked “So if nickelback plays ‘this is how u remind me” followed by “someday” will ne1 in the crowd know 2 songs were played? #samesong #horrible” And while it took Crabtree forever to respond to any of this, he finally answered Rodgers several days ago, replying “I don’t one a single pair of jorts and I am not a Nickelback fan.” According to another tweet, Crabtree is a fan of Silversun Pickups and Foo Fighters. No word yet on what kind of music Rodgers likes, but we sure know what he doesn’t like.
via [The AV Club by way of The Daily Swarm]
As the saying goes, the show must goes on. And frontman C.T. proved that during Rwake’s set at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, MD this past weekend. Halfway through the sludge metal band’s performance, C.T. suddenly vomited onstage. What’s more impressive, though, is that C.T. didn’t let the incident ruin the show, continuing on without missing a step. But unfortunately for him, the vomiting was caught on tape and has already made its way online. Watch for yourself in the fan filmed footage above [note: the puking starts slightly after the 2:20 mark].
[via The PRP]