Justin Broadrick, is a modern day rennisance man. He was a big part of early Napalm Death, and later of course Godflesh and Jesu among many other acts. Recently, he was interviewed by New York radio station WFMU, which now posted the 3-hour marathon podcast, featuring a convo with the dude as well as music he created spanning his entire career. You can check it out here.
Ever since a recent hang sesh with Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks, whenever I hear the name Justin Broadrick, I can only think of one thing, something that Axl recently wrote about, which I will just copy and paste as opposed to telling my side of the story, because he gets our stoned conversation across much more eloquently than I would: (more…)
My fellow Americans, the time is coming for us to buy plane tickets, catch a boat or start swimming to France. That's right, industrial metal innovators GODFLESH (kids: that's JUSTIN BROADRICK's band before JESU) are reuniting for an appearance at this summer's Hellfest, set for June 18-20, 2010 in Clisson. Oh yeah, you'll also be getting THE FACELESS, NECROPHAGIST, IHSAHN, SICK OF IT ALL, ENSIFERUM, DECAPITATED and that band with two original KISS members. The full confirmed lineup thus far is after the jump, but first enjoy some bootleg footage of Godflesh destroying a small club with "Christbait Rising" back in 1990. You now have seven months to learn how to scream "Fuck yeah!" in French.
Being a drummer myself, I'd have to admit I tend to hone in on his business more so than the rest of the band. It's a well known saying that "the drummer can make or break any band", but there is a lot more to it than hitting things as fast as you can to be amongst the top metal drummers of today. Much consideration went into the following list including: Agility, Diversity, Endurance, Style, Precision, Embellishment, & Showmanship.
Now, I'm not a big fan of "Top 10" lists, I personally feel there is no place for competition in music, but when Rob approached me with the idea of talking about my favorite drummers, how could I decline? I now present my 10 favorites in no particular order. (Give me a break! it was hard enough to narrow a list down to 10.)
Danny is yet another drummer I find myself talking about often, but after following his work over the past several years, I've grown comfortable expecting nothing but awesomeness from his forever growing bag of tricks. He's got some amazing chops, his own signature sound and style I can pick out from any play list, and severe versatility that has lead him to play with all kinds of different bands over the years. I highly recommend checking out Intronaut, and Uphill Battle (mp3 below) for a closer look at his best work. If your interested he also provides lessons via web, or in the LA area at his studio, I couldn't possibly imagine you'd be disappointed.
A few bands he's played with include: Phobia, Intronaut, Thornlord, Uphill Battle, Jesu, & Exhumed
We've all joked about it before, but what happens when someone actually tries to bring a "one-man band" to fruition? That someone is Via Vengeance's own Shane Ocell, and the answer is earth crushing riffage that gives a 5 piece a run for their money!
What seemingly began out of frustration for working with other members , Ocell harnessed the skill of simultaneously playing drums, and guitar while singing out of pure whim. Now I'll be the first to admit when I heard of a legit "one-man band" I had myself a chuckle that quickly subsided to amazement once I was introduced to the following live clip of Via Vengeance opening for Jesu in late 2007.
With the rising popularity of Via Vengeance's crushing doom debut "Dieography" (recorded by Matt Bayles – Mastodon, Isis), Ocell has announced more upcoming touring in the future. Do yourself a favor and check out the best one man band you'll ever watch in the flesh, don't believe me? Watch this live clip for "Vile Lie" off his debut LP Dieography. All live, no loops, one guy.
Holy fuck! Somebody had the brilliant idea to get a bunch of stonery doomy sludge bands to cover a bunch of PINK FLOYD songs, arguably the greatest stoner band ever. The project is being called Like Black Holes in the Sky: The Tribute to Syd Barrett, and features covers by JESU, INTRONAUT, KYLESA, DREDG, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, YAKUZA and more.
Really, its a who's who of awesome bands covering (in this humble blogger's opinion) the awesomest band of all time. The fine people at Dwell Records have posted a player streaming this amazing CD in its entirety. Listen to this compilation in all of its awesomeness, after the jump… (more…)