Archive | March, 2013
We’ll have to wait till June to hear Queens Of The Stone Age’s new album, … Like Clockwork, in its entirety. However, during their performance at Lollapalooza Brazil last night (March 30), Josh Homme and the crew treated fans to a new song called “My God Is The Sun.” And thankfully, professionally filmed footage of the song’s live debut has made its way online. Let’s just say that if you’re a fan of Songs For The Deaf, the new song won’t disappoint (and given that Dave Grohl is back on drums for this new record, that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise). Check out the live clip above to get a taste of the new Queens Of A Stone Age for yourself.
UPDATE: Want to see Queens Of The Stone Age’s full set at the Brazilian edition of Lollapalooza? Then you’re in luck, as professional filmed footage of the band’s full set (with ex-The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, which seems to insinuate that he has joined the band permanently) can be seen below. Read more »
Ghost B.C.’s sophomore album Infestissumam is without a doubt one of the most anticipated new releases of the month. However, now we’ll have to wait another week for it, as the album’s release has been pushed back from April 9 to April 16. Why, you ask? Well apparently, CD manufacturers weren’t too happy with some of its artwork.
According to SPIN, at least four manufacturers refused to print the artwork seen above that was supposed to be in the album’s deluxe version due to its sacrilegious imagery. Apparently, the manufacturers were less concerned by what resembles a satanic forest orgy and more worried by the upside down Jesus on a cross figure seen at the top. “We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” claimed an unidentified source SPIN claims is close to the band. “They weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner… The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”
To avoid further delay, the band will simply use the original album cover for its deluxe editions. With that said, the “blasphemous” artwork will still be seen in the vinyl copies of the album, as well as in Europe. Infestissumam will still be released via Loma Vista Recordings, but now on April 16.
It’s Good Friday, which means we’re taking off a little early for the Easter holiday. We’ll be around for any late breaking news or if we get bored after finding all the Easter eggs. Until then, we leave you with Lemmy getting into the holiday spirit. Have a good one, y’all!
[via Dangerous Minds]
While the lineup for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival hasn’t been announced yet, we’re hearing from a reliable source that Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive will be among those playing this year’s incarnation of the Festival.
It would definitely make sense for Alice In Chains, as their highly anticipated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will be out next month, and a high profile late Summer tour would give the album continued exposure. Coheed and Cambria toured with Circa Survive several years ago, and both bands appeal to fans of progressive music, but have enough mainstream crossover to sell tickets. And Jane’s Addiction pretty much started the modern day alternative/rock festival tour 22 years ago with Lollapalooza.
Either way, Uproar isn’t saying anything yet. Their website simply says that “cities and dates are coming soon” and doesn’t even say anything about bands. Last year’s featured Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach among others. If 2013′s incarnation turns out to feature the above bands, it’ll be slightly more niche than last year’s pretty mainstream lineup, bringing in Gen Xers that liked ’90s modern rock as well as prog fans.
When not on the road playing brutal death metal, Jungle Rot bassist Jimmy Genenz and guitarist Geoff Bub work as bartenders. With that in mind, we asked the two to share with us some of their weirdest and heaviest drink concoctions in a new column called Mixing It Up With Jungle Rot.
Genenz kicks things off with four recipes that perfectly compliment Jungle Rot’s new album,
Terror Regime. And don’t forget to check out the band on the road with Suffocation and Exhumed starting next week.
1 oz. Jaegermeister
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
This drink got its name from the nickname that the cooks in our kitchen at work have called me for a few years now. DIABLO ROJO or “red devil” I guess because of my awesome gingerness.
Basically it’s a Redheaded Slut, mix 1 oz. Jaegermeister, 1 oz. Peach Schnapps and 1oz. Cranberry Juice in a shaker and pour into rocks glass. Get your groove on. Read more »
The debut album from David Draiman’s new project Device will be released on April 9. The album features a cover of “Close My Eyes Forever,” the 1988 duet between Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford. This version features the Grammy-winning vocals of Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale subbing for Lita Ford. We’re of two minds on this. It’s obvious that it’s going to be a huge radio hit somewhere along the way. The 25 year-old song is still memorable enough for Gen Xers and watchers of the original Headbanger’s Ball to have memorized, and Draiman’s bands and Halestorm rule active rock radio with an iron fist, for better or for worse. The other way to look at it is that they’re shitting all over the legacy of the song, over emoting on top of a song with industrial/electronic flourishes that the original song didn’t have. We’re somewhere in between. While the original was a good and memorable song, it’s not like it’s a stone cold classic, and anyone born after 1990 or so, like, let’s say most of Halestorm’s fans, might not be familiar with the original.
“It’s a song I’ve wanted to cover for many years, and I’m glad we were able to do it with this project, because it definitely took on its own unique identity and it’s own unique reformation of the song,” Draiman says of the cover. “Having Lzzy Hale be the guest female vocalist on the track is about as true to form as it could have been. There’s nobody better in the music field to be the modern day embodiment of Lita Ford. She has got riot grll in her and she is in my opinion one of the best voices if not the best female voice in modern rock. And I was very very honored to have her sing. I can only hope that Ozzy and Sharon are as happy with it and proud of it as I am. It’s definitely part of an homage to the greatness of who I consider to be one of, if not the, most seminal frontmen of all time, the godfather of heavy metal, and a guy I look up to so much, and to a family that’s done so much for me and for Disturbed over the years. I can only hope that it makes them proud.”
Check out the original song after the jump. Read more »
If you’re a drummer, then you probably already know this, but Sabian cymbals founder Robert “RZ” Zildjian has died at the age of 89. The company’s website reported yesterday that Zildjian had passed, but didn’t name a cause of death. Sabian Inc. was founded by Zildjian in 1981 after Robert left his family company, the Avedis Zildjian Company, following a dispute with his brother. Sabian went on to become the second-largest cymbal manufacturer behind the company his father founded in 1928.
You ever have one of those days? The kind of days where the only color you see is red. The kind of days where the blood is constantly boiling like some primordial stew. The kind of days where, by the end of it all, you are ready to rip someone’s throat out with your bare hands. The perfect soundtrack for those days has finally been unearthed in the form of Abandon All Life by California’s Nails.
Truly any number of bands who play the crust/grind hybrid that Nails peddles in could be your doomsday soundtrack if it’s done right. Certainly bands like His Hero Is Gone and Nasum, for example, have given their fair share of listeners the motivation to strike fast and hard. But there’s something about this record that gives it that extra piss and vinegar needed to push you off the cliff, so to speak. Whether it’s the blazing lightning strike of opener “In Exodus” or the pit-inducing crunch of “Wide Open Wound” or the full on blasting of “No Surrender”, every cut on this record is an absolute monster of aggression and anger. Even on a song such as “Suum Cuique”, where they allow their doom influences to reign they are still delivering an absolute gut punch to the senses.
Nails dwells in that deep, dark well where the worlds of crust punk, grindcore, and hardcore all seem to gather for secret rituals, calling on the dead of previous generations of bands that simply could not give a single fuck about trends or popularity contests. Abandon All Life is the band’s second full-length album and honestly could be considered their homage to the raw and nasty ethos those genres were founded on. Nails carries the flag for bands that want to channel primal aggression the right way. If you like your music fast and pissed with the occasional deathly dirge thrown into the mix then you’ve come to the right place.
There’s been a ton of “comebacks” in metal over the last few years. More and more bands, especially in the thrash realm, are seizing a chance to regain some old fans and maybe score some new ones as well. Although it’s great to see some of these killer acts in the live setting again the results in the studio are not always up to snuff. Which is why when Riot released their album Thundersteel in 1988 after a five year hiatus (and with almost an entirely new line-up) it was pretty mind-blowing how much better they had become. Possibly one of the best “comeback” albums metal has ever produced. If you are fan of early thrash and power metal you should be all over this album.
Thought it was weird that Megadeth’s new album was going to feature slide guitar and horns? Then wait to you find out who Dave Mustaine has been talking to about a guest appearance.
While having dinner in Austin, Texas last night, the Megadeth frontman ran into none other than country legend Willie Nelson. “Willie Nelson is in the restaurant I am eating at. I just met him! How cool is this??,” Mustaine tweeted. Then, along with the picture of the two together above, Mustaine tweeted “I’m talking to Willie about a guest appearance on ‘The Blackest Crow.’ #WillieNelson #SuperCollider.”
So wait, Willie Nelson might appear on a Megadeth record? That would certainly be wild. No word on whether this unique partnership will actually happen remains unknown.
Even before the release of Ministry’s “comeback” album Relapse last year, Al Jourgensen made it clear that the industrial metal pioneers won’t be around for much longer. And in an interview with Noisey, Jourgensen revealed that Ministry has one more album in it before calling it quits for good… again.
During the interview, Jourgensen states that From Beer To Eternity will indeed be Ministry’s last album. The frontman started writing and recording the album in December right before guitarist Mike Scaccia’s sudden death. “Mikey was my best friend in the world and there’s no Ministry without him,” states Jourgensen. “But I know the music we recorded together during the last weeks of his life had to be released to honor him. So after his funeral, I locked myself in my studio and turned the songs we had recorded into the best and last Ministry record anyone will ever here. I can’t do it without Mikey and I don’t want to. So yes, this will be Ministry’s last album.”
While From Beer to Eternity is scheduled for a September release, Jourgensen states that Ministry definitely will not be touring. A main reason for that is due to the toll touring has taken on his health (hence the incident in Paris last summer). However, Jourgensen doesn’t rule out one big tribute show to Scaccia, saying “Maybe we’ll do one big show with Tommy [Victor] and Sin [Quirin] and the guys who made this band possible for the past few years. That would be a nice tribute to Mikey. But I can’t do a whole tour without him. Ministry was his life almost as much as mine, and I’m afraid it has to die with him. But damn if we didn’t go out with a bang!”
Like we’ve alluded to before, this isn’t the first time Jourgensen claimed Ministry would be done for good (the first time being in 2007). Whether From Beer To Eternity will indeed be the end of Ministry is anyone’s guess, but Jourgensen certainly seems content about it. Check out the album’s track listing, as well as video of Jourgensen and Scaccia in the studio together, after the jump. Read more »