Archive | January, 2013
If there’s one thing that’s be come apparent from what we’ve heard of How To Destroy Angels so far, it’s that it’s not Nine Inch Nails by a long shot. The project, featuring NIN mastermind Trent Reznor, his Oscar-winning cohort Atticus Ross, Rob Sheridan and his wife Mariqueen Maandig, sounds a lot more like the atmospheric mid-90s trip-hop of Massive Attack. At any rate, HTDA has released a video for “How long?,” the first single from their forthcoming full length album, Welcome Oblivion. They’ve also released the track listing for the CD and vinyl versions of the album, which will be out on March 5. Vinyl purchasers will get two extra songs. Here are the two track listings, and you can see the moody, creepy black and white video after the jump.
01 The wake-up
02 Keep it together
03 And the sky began to scream
04 Welcome oblivion
05 Ice age
06 On the wing
07 Too late, all gone
08 How long?
09 Strings and attractors
10 We fade away
11 Recursive self-improvement
12 The loop closes
13 Hallowed ground
01 The wake-up
02 Keep it together
03 And the sky began to scream
04 Ice age
05 Welcome oblivion
06 On the wing
07 Too late, all gone
08 The province of fear
09 How long?
10 Strings and attractors
11 Recursive self-improvement
12 Unintended consequences
13 We fade away
14 The loop closes
15 Hallowed ground Read more »
You really can’t drive 55, especially when your ride is pulled over at a truck stop and you’re found naked by a security guard following a Sammy Hagar concert. That’s what happened to Jerry McNally and Marcia Gilbert, an Oklahoma couple who were caught at the TA Truck Stop taking naked pictures in front of the semis in the back lot. The Smoking Gun reports that the sultry sounds of the Red Rocker, who’d just played Concho OK’s Lucky Star Casino, was what led the couple to disrobe.
Once police arrived, they found McNally, 56 and Gilbert, 60, sitting in his Ford F250 completely naked. The guard also reported that there was a “large flesh-colored dildo lying in Gilbert’s Lap.” When questioned about what was going on, Gilbert replied that “they had gone to the Sammy Hagar concert and were just having a little sexual fun.” Listen, we know they might have had a little too mas tequila,and her love might have been driving him crazy, but this is just over the top. Seriously though, look at that picture of Hagar? Does that man look like an aphrodisiac to you?
Long Island hardcore band Stray From the Path recently wrapped up recording sessions for their seventh album at Belleville NJ’s Machine Shop. Last week, as vocalist Drew York completed vocals with producer Will Putney, Metal Insider caught up with guitarist and founding member Tom Williams, drummer Dan Bourke, and bassist Anthony Altamura about the new album, how it differs from their past work, and who WON’T be making an appearance on the album, which is tentatively due out later this year via Sumerian. Here’s what Putney had to say about working with the band on consecutive albums:
Stray is one of my favorite bands to work with because they are a BAND. I know that sounds obvious but the way they feed of each others ideas and gel together live and in the studio is inspiring to watch. It’s not one guy’s creative output and people following along, they’re a sum of all their parts like all great bands are. On this record I tried to capture that, and the organics of the production are going to bring that feel to life. They really stick out for me in a very predictable age of heavy music, and it’s great to be a part of.
This is your second album with Will Putney. What made you come back to him?
Tom: We did previous records with other pretty well-known people with reputations, and it was cool, but it always felt like us and this other person on the other side. With Will, it was cool, because for the time being, it’s almost like he’s a member of the band. His humor is the same, and his ideas are very much like one of us would be saying it. It’s cool because we can make fun of him and he thinks it’s funny, and he can do the same to us. We couldn’t do that with other people we work with. We worked with him on Rising Sun, and we worked with him on the single for “Landmine” that went up a couple months ago, so why wouldn’t we come back? I’m sure we’ll come back for the next one?
Do you feel like it’s an East Coast thing, where you guys just get each other?
Tom: It’s a New York thing. He’s an asshole and so are we. (laughter) That’s pretty important, and I’m not even joking. To be able to say something like ‘you’re a piece of shit, Will,’ and him say “Yeah I know. You’re an asshole” actually means something.
How was working with Will this time, as opposed to last time? Have you learned from him?
Dan: We’ve learned a lot from Will. He’s a fantastic producer, so he has all of these ideas, almost about getting out of your metal or hardcore mindset and writing a song as you would from a different genre, and then turning that into a metal song. A lot of metal or hardcore bands that have a lot of fans have this different way of going about how they write a song. It’s not the same as we normally do it, and that’s something that Will does really well. So i think we picked that up from him. It’s also really about not being content with what you have. You don’t want to be like ‘I think that song’s pretty cool. Hopefully kids will like it.’ But working on it and working on it and making sure that it’s definitely cool.
Did it take less time?
Tom: Yeah. We’ve been here since the 3rd, and it’s the 21st, and we’ve had two days off.
Dan: We came very prepared, and what we’ve learned from Will in the past, we really did that for ourselves this time. In our own practice space, recording our own songs, doing pre-production all by ourselves. When we came into the studio, we were way more prepared to start working with Will. That’s why this recording session has gone by so much quicker than it did in the past.
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Denver thrash revivalists Havok are delightfully old school. In fact, you could easily mistake them for an ’80s band undergoing a late career renaissance (like Exodus and Overkill) instead of a band with just two albums out. That’s what’s charming about their video for the title track of their Point of No Return EP. With the band playing in a sparse room cut with footage of political events and wars this reminds us visually of Sepultura’s “Territory,” and that’s not a bad thing at all. That being said, if you’re squeamish, you might want to sit this one out, since there are plenty of disturbing images.
After the relative success of their debut album Omerta, supergroup Adrenaline Mob has announced a U.S. tour and a covers EP. The goofily-named EP, Coverta, will be released on March 12, the same day the tour starts.
This will be the most extensively the band has toured since their album came out last year. And given that one of the centerpieces of their debut is a cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” (with special guest vocals from Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale), it makes a degree of sense that they record some more covers. Plus, given that Mike Portnoy’s former band Dream Theater covered entire albums, we can see how he might have gotten singer Russell Allen (Symphony X) and the rest of the band to sign on.
The covers are as follows, and you can check the tour dates after the jump.
“High Wire” (Badlands)
“Stand Up and Shout” (Dio)
“Break on Through” (The Doors)
“Romeo Delight” (Van Halen)
“Kill the King” (Rainbow)
“The Lemon Song” (Led Zeppelin)
“The Mob Rules” (Black Sabbath) Read more »
A lot was revealed yesterday in regards to the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. And in addition to performing at the award show with the likes of Metallica and others, Stone Sour will also be embarking on the Revolver Road To The Golden Gods tour.
Stone Sour will be joined by In This Moment for a 30 date national tour. While exact dates will be announced soon, the tour will kick off in March and conclude at the Golden Gods Awards (in case the tour’s name didn’t make that obvious). Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor had the following to say about the tour and awards:
“Me and the guys in Stone Sour are very excited, not only to be a part of the Golden Gods, but also to be headline the first Road To The Golden Gods Tour! The Golden Gods is the only awards show in America that truly recognizes and honors our genre; so to be a part of a tour that they sponsor is something that we are all very proud of. We’re looking forward to the tour, and looking forward to the awards ceremony. We promise we will have something special that no one will ever forget!”
Hot off the heels of releasing House Of Gold & Bones Part 1, Stone Sour is expected to release the second part of their concept album in April (with the four part comic series hitting stands on April 17). Check out the recently revealed cover artwork for House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 above.
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Don’t read band bios prior to listening to an album. Honestly, you don’t want any preconceived notions about a band or their music before you have a chance to formulate that all-important first impression. You will however be a little surprised when you read something in a bio that doesn’t jive with what you’re hearing. You know, like when a bio points out that there are zero guitars or keyboards used on an album that is heavy as hell.
New London, CT’s Bedroom Rehab Corporation are a two piece outfit focusing solely on drums and bass. To say that bassist extraordinaire Adam Wujtewicz is a master of the multi-pedal distortion that can manipulate sound in unique ways is an absolute understatement. This album is equal parts ambient stoner rock and battering ram styled noise rock…and there is not one single damn guitar anywhere on the record. I don’t think it can be understated that what Wutjewicz and drummer Meghan Killimade have done is to create an album as heavy and pummeling as a full on five-piece band with just the two of them and lots of distortion.
Red Over Red is, as the band puts it, “a paranormal seafaring concept record.” It’s funny though what images certain styles of music can conjure up for the listener. Maybe it’s because a lot of their sound reminds me of all the great stoner rock bands of the 90′s who came lumbering out of the deserts of Southern California – Kyuss, Nebula and Fu Manchu for example – but personally when I listen to this record I’m seeing dark, starry desert nights where the only living creatures are the ones who can survive in a veritable apocalyptic wasteland. The ocean and the desert have a lot in common. They are both powerful, harsh and inhospitable, yet equally filled with beauty and mystery. That’s a pretty apt description for Bedroom Rehab Corporation as well. Fans of bands such as Clutch, Melvins, Old Man Gloom and the aforementioned stoner rock outfits will find a lot to love on this record. Red Over Red was released on tiny indie label The Telegraph Recording Company, but you can stream the entire Red Over Red album for free over on the Bedroom Rehab Corporation Bandcamp page.
*Parts of this article are reprinted with permission by CT.com
For today’s Metal Homework we are going to take a trip to Germany to revisit one of the bands that was one of the forefathers of the modern day Power Metal movement and an extremely proficient purveyor of technical thrash – Paradox. In 1989 Paradox released their second album, Heresy, on Roadracer Records. This is another example of a band that should have been way bigger than they ever got but due to an unstable line-up and eventual break up they were simply lost to the ages. As is pointed out over at 666DaysofMetal.com they have run through 13 bass players alone, both back in the day and since reforming in 2000. 13 bass players. Crazy. Hit the link though to read more about this awesome album and to check out links to some of the music. If you’re a fan of bands like Hammerfall for example or even some of the classics like Maiden and Helloween you should do it post haste.
While information is still scant, a member of Tool suffered broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder in a CEspa accident. According to the band’s site, the injury has pushed back album sessions over a week. From Toolband.com:
The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool’s next record. For the most part this was due to a ‘minor’ accident on a Vespa scooter (slick road conditions being the cause) by a certain band member that resulted in several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, 9 DAYS of jamming were lost, although I’m happy to report that the person involved is recovering nicely, so much so, in fact, that writing sessions resumed last Monday (January 21), despite it being a holiday for many.
Hmm. A certain band member. Using the power of deduction, it wasn’t Maynard Keenan or Adam Jones, since Maynard was very recently profiled, and not only did he not mention it, it seems like he’s been in Arizona while the remaining members of Tool worked on music. And Adam Jones just proposed to his girlfriend on national TV at a wrestling match. Not exactly the kind of thing you’d want to if you were nursing injuries. So basically, tough break, Justin Chancellor or Danny Carey. Glad you’re feeling better, now get out there and write an album! Also, Vespa? Really?
Also in the update, it says that the band have been doing some press about upcoming events. Hopefully, we’ll hear some more tidbits about the next album. The webmaster also cryptically says that sometime after March, there will be “one more item of interest to Tool enthusiasts before further speculation is discussed involving the bnad’s next alubm (let along any actual timetable for recording etc.). So in short, hurry up and wait.
Earlier today, it was announced that Rob Zombie would be receiving the “Golden God Award” at Revolver Magazine’s 5th annual award show. However, Zombie also let some key information about his new album slip out, including its name and release date.
Titled Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, Zombie’s new album will be released on April 23 via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy Records. In other words, our hunch that Zombie would be the first release via his longtime manager Andy Gould’s new UMe label was dead on. And what a coincidence, Zombie’s long-awaited new film The Lords Of Salem will also be released on April 26 via Anchor Bay. We likely won’t have to wait much longer to hear our first taste of Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (try saying that five times in a row).
Coheed and Cambria are streaming “Number City,” the first taste of Afterman: Descension (which is the second part of the band’s double album), Check out the track here before the album comes out on Tuesday(5).