September, 2010 Archive
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Damn, that was quick. In the midst of a Canadian tour, Jay Weinberg was relieved of his duties in Madball. Frontman Freddy Cricien posted the following to the band's Facebook page:
I’m letting Jay go in Canada because I just feel he doesn’t represent this band well on a character level. It would go against my own code of ethics to keep him around. Not saying he’s a bad drummer. I won’t take that away from him. But the reality is – he has a lot to learn about paying dues, and about life in general. Granted, he is a kid, but I’m not sure that he’ll ever be built for this particular lifestyle. I wish him the best of luck, but the MADBALL machine rolls on!
Well, that leaves little to the imagination. Reading that all I kept thinking was, umm, what do you expect? We may present a little bias, because we hung out with Jay a few months ago, and he seemed like a pretty level headed guy and very excited to be in Madball. I'm curious as to what exactly put it over the top.
The band has stated they have found a replacement drummer and the tour will continue as scheduled. I'm sure Jay willl land on his feet somehow.
- Frank Godla
In very unfortunate news it would appear the latest Metal Injection interviewees Katatonia, have been robbed while on their headlining U.S. Tour. The robbery took place during their Minnesota stop of the tour, where two guitars were taken along with straps and wireless transmitters. The irony here is that one of the two guitars stolen was announced as a give away on the band's Myspace page.
The band apologizes for technical difficulties during their set due to the robbery and added
We just wanna encourage everybody already to help us keep an eye out for the guitars on pawn shops, Craigslist, eBay, etc. etc., and let us know immediately if they show up.
It's always a bummer to read about stolen gear, especially considering it's the life blood that musicians depend on to continue performing for the fans. It's also a really shitty example of hospitality shown to a Swedish band who doesn't visit the U.S. that often. Mayones is a unique guitar company, so it's easily recognizable. If you see one for sale that matches the description we urge you to help the band by contacting them via Myspace.
by: Noa Avior
You're probably scratching your head like an orangutan wondering why in the world would a predominantly heavy metal site post a blog about Steven Tyler. Well, Rob hasn't revoked my posting rights yet and I had some time on my hands, so I decided to blaaahg about it.
As you probably don't know, Steven Tyler was kicked out of Aerosmith. Joe Perry and gang promised to continue with a new singer; not quite sure who it is, don't really care. Steven on the other hand recently recorded a track all by himself for some Japanese movie called "Yamato". My guess is they couldn't afford American/Japanese crossover icon Marty Friedman.
You can listen to a looped clip in the trailer (but it's really not necessary). Steven said that he read the script for inspiration but I think he must have been looking at the one for Armageddon. There are spaceships and explosions in this movie too but just with more Asian people. The track sounds like anything else Aerosmith put out after Get A Grip and very reminiscent of "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing".
My point is, Steven sucks and I have some better ideas for his mouth, which I will now share with you: (more…)
Don't you love going to local shows and finding amazing bands? This happened to me over the weekend, when I went to a loft party and discovered a (presumably) Mexican grind band named Elote 5. We didn't understand why the 5, since this was only a three-piece. But we stopped asking questions as soon as they started playing.
To be truthful, I was far too stoned to even remember most of the night, but my buddy Axl Rosenberg who was there has a pretty detailed recap of the night's happenings. Clearly, he passed on a few bong rips when we were pregaming.
Seeing as Elote is Spanish for corn, we tried to track down the band as soon as they got off stage to confirm they prefer corn to flour tortillas but they were nowhere to be found!
If anybody has any leads on where to get more info about this band, please send me an email or private message.
On the September Edition of the Relapse Records Podcast we wrap up the summer with brand new and exclusive music from Cephalic Carnage, Control Denied and Phobia, as well as an exclusive in-depth interview with Paul from Black Anvil! Plus we give you a first look at the label's latest signings along with the chance to win all sorts of free Shit from Kingdom of Sorrow and Cephalic Carnage! DOWNLOAD, PLUG IN AND TURN IT UP!
Cephalic Carnage – When I Arrive
Cephalic Carnage – Grindcore Blastbeat Blues
Buried Inside – V
Necrophagist – Only Ash Remains
Inevitable End – The Severed Inception
Kill The Client – As Roaches
Mose Giganticus – The Great Deceiver
Control Denied – Consumed
Black Anvil – 777
Black Anvil – Dead and Left
Incantation – Impending Diabolical Conquest
Disfear – The Final of Chapters
Murder Construct – No Savior
Royal Thunder – Mouth of Fire
Jucifer – Pontius of Palia
Amorphis – Black Winter Day
Phobia – Sickening Discretion
Father Befouled – Vomiting Impurity
Back in the day NO band was heavier than Crowbar, pun intended! The obvious jokes aside, the early 90's were a very strange time for the metal genre. You had your legends such as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax peaking in attention and sales. You had loads of bands try to scale back their aggression, speed, and distortion in order to try to appeal to a larger, tamer, grunge happy audience. Then you also had the bands that didn't give a fuck what was popular, and played by their own rules. One of these bands was New Orleans based Crowbar.
Just yesterday I was having a discussion with our brohammers at MetalSucks concerning new age trends of slow jam metal. Running the gamut of today's slew of sleepy sub-genres such as metal gaze, hipster metal, stoner metal, fuzz pedal metal, drone metal, flannel metal, I-Wish-I-Was-Born-Down-South-Metal (you get it) I came to the conclusion I'm just not that into the slow metal craze and their endless attempts of copycat hooks. However, before the internet revolution, before flannel was sold in the trendy aisle of Macy's, and way before the southern sound was even remotely thought of as interesting, let alone cool; Crowbar emerged on the scene with possibly one of the most influential sounds of the decade. Devastatingly crushing, and disturbingly slow for a non-doom band, Crowbar shined a whole new light on what the south had to offer. Often described as "fat music for fat people" by frontman Kirk Windstein, it was no secret Crowbar did not concern themselves with image, and fancied themselves as average as the rest of us. Who would have known 20 years later they would inspire hundreds of bands, many start up labels, and entire sub-genres?
The band is still kicking and a new album is expected soon.
- Frank Godla
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When All Shall Perish agreed to sit down with us during the New York stop of the Summer Slaughter tour we knew we'd have a fun interview, but we never thought we'd get a story out of it as awesome as this. Guitarist Ben Orum told a story of meeting Malevolent Creation
frontman Brett Hoffman CORRECTION: guitiarst Phil Fasciana the previous night:
I was a big Malevolent Creation fan growing up in the 90s. I got up to him, really sincenere, going "It's really nice to meet you guys" and he goes [deep voice] 'Do you have any fucking cocaine?'. I go no and then he puts his middle finger in my face and goes 'Then, fuck you!'
But that wasn't even the best part of it. When Orum started gushing about how he was a big fan of Hoffman, the Malevolent Creation guitarist sounded off on All Shall Perish and bands like them: (more…)
Behind The Scenes footage from our epic adventure on Mount Taurus, which we discussed during the show.
This edition of the Livecast will go down in the history books as quite possibly the most obnoxious episode ever. That is due to a certain soundbyte we acquired of Larry King attempting to sing 'Poker Face', which we played over and over in the second hour. It's pretty amazing. Besides that, Noa and Rob discuss getting stranded on a mountain and being pulled over by cops. We finally hear from Shlomo again, we learn that Sean has an OKCupid profile and he gives some tips on how to pick up the ladies and we play a rousing edition of Thrash It or Trash It featuring Knife the Puppets, Masakari, Walrus Warlust, I Ate Your Math Teacher, Rattlehead, Embalmment, and Suffer. Also, we hear a new parody from 3D all about the Iron Sheik to the tune of Eminem featuring Rhianna. Here is this week's playlist:
Pantera – The Art Of Shredding
Dying Fetus – Kill Your Mother Rape Your Dog
Meshuggah – Soul Burn
Daughters – The Ghost With The Most
The Red Chord - Fixation on Plastics
Behold… The Arctopus - Skullgrid
Heathen – Dying Season
Pro-Pain – Hate Coalition
Havok – Root Of All Evil
Blind Guardian – Tanelorn (Into The Void)
Spritual Beggars – Lost In Yesterday
Plutonian Shore – Invoking Erishigal
Axis In Collapse – Interview
Axis In Collapse – Feasting With Nero
Axis In Collapse – My Dying Angel
Carcass – Incarnated Solvent Abuse
Carcass – Heartwork
Funeral Rites – Heaven Lies Bleeding
Demoniacal Genuflection – the Ministers of Lamentation
Malevolent Creation – Target Rich Environment
Suicidal Tendencies – Come Alive
Orphaned Land – Barakah
Witchery – Withckrieg
Candlemass – Kill The King
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Waa Waa Wee Wa. Sacha Baron Cohen, the peformer best known for his roles as Borat, Ali G and Bruno has been confirmed to be playing Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic set to start shooting next year. The film is expected to track the band from their beginnings to their legendary Live Aid performance in 1985.
This looks to be a serious project as well, with the writer attached, Peter Morgan, being responsible for Frost/Nixon, The Queen (the other one), The Last King of Scotland and others. The remaining members of the band are also attached to the movie, meaning there will be original music in the film. This is certainly an intriguing turn of events. Consider me on board!
A/V Roundup: New ALICE IN CHAINS Interactive video, new music from JOE SATRIANI, DIMMU BORGIR, TORCHE & TRENT REZNOR
The weekend is upon us and we get you started right with some sweet new tunes…
Alice In Chains are big on trying out new things. They have released a "interactive video" for the track “Acid Bubble” on their official site. The interactivity comes at certain points in the video allowing you to browse enviornments in 360 degrees. Decent concept but the execution could've been way better.
Master shredder, Joe Satriani has posted a free MP3 download of his new single, "Light Years Away" at this location. Fans are asked to tweet or "like" on Facebook before getting the track.
Dimmu Borgir has posted another new track, “Born Treacherous” on their Myspace page. The song is the second track to be released from the groups new album Abrahadabra, out on October 12th on Nuclear Blast.
Torche’s entire new (awesome) album, Songs For Singles, is up for streaming on the band's Myspace page. The album comes out this Tuesday, 9/21.
Trent Reznor has made a few tracks available from his upcoming score of the Facebook movie, The Social Network.
A big shoutout to Metal Blade head honcho Brian Slagel who posted a link to the above video on his Twitter account of Sabbath and Zep – two great tastes, that apparently, taste great together. Less talky, more watchy…
Aww yea! We got another sweet giveaway for you this week. In celebration of the release of Pantera's Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary edition, we are giving one lucky winner a copy of the 3-disc special edition (featuring the original CD, a CD of live versions of the tracks and a CD of rare demos) as well as a 11×17 cardstock poster of the CFH cover art and a Pantera sticker. Pretty sweet right?
How do you enter? All you have to do is leave a comment on this page answering this question: What is the last track on the Cowboys From Hell CD (the original release)?
Contest is over!
Skeletonwitch might be banging over in Europe right now (and sending us some funny tour diaries) but that doesn't mean they aren't planning ahead to kick ass back in the states with a headlining run. I am upset the trek isn't hitting the NYC area, even though I've already seen the band at least 10 times. Still, they never disappoint. Plus, they are bringing two incredible bands with them in Withered and Landmine Marathon, featuring the praying mantis of metal, Grace Perry. Here is the routing:
11/19 Columbus, OH – Ruby Tuesday (no Withered)
11/20 Toledo, OH – Frankies (no Withered)
11/21 Dekalb, IL – Otto’s Nightclub (no Withered)
11/22 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
11/23 Windsor, ON – Chubby Pickle
11/24 London, ON – London Music Hall
11/25 Hamilton, ON – Absinthe
11/26 Kingston, ON – The Mansion (Wine Cellar)
11/27 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
11/28 New Haven, CT – Lily’s Pad at Toad’s Place
11/29 Frederick, MD – Krug’s Place
11/30 Greensboro, NC – Legitimate Business
12/02 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
12/03 Denton, TX – Rubbergloves Rehearsal
12/04 Austin, TX – Red 7
Culling of Wolves is the latest from the Arizona death metal act, Knights of the Abyss. When I started playing this album, the first thing that struck me was a very audible Black Dahlia Murder influence, and a definite affinity for Gothenburg style guitar riffs. Knights of the Abyss certainly likes to use swirling guitar riffs and blast-beats, along with a few breakdowns added in from time to time. The House of Crimson Coin gives the album a very compelling start with sweeping guitars and several throaty growls from Harley Magnum (a metal name if there ever was one). Songs like Pandemic and Deceiver's Creed both contain many satisfying moments and the guitarists display a strong command over the creation of melodic arrangements. Some moments on the album, like the end of Den of the Deceived even bear a similarity to the dirge-like riffing of Incantation and Immolation. Another strong point is the guitar solo on Slave Nation, which has an almost Necrophagist-style flare to it. The band is heavily studied the in standards of modern melodic death metal, and they make it very clear that this is their intention. The production is very strong, although it would have been nice to hear more from the bassist.
The record shows focus and direction, but perhaps a little too much. (more…)