Not quite metal, but still unbelievably awesome. Rare two-cam footage of an early Rage Against The Machine in-store set at Zed Records in Long Beach, CA back on March 29, 1992. Crazy to think that if somebody was born on that day, they'd be 21 today. I feel old.
We've seen an acoustic cover of Rage [link] but never something like this! The name of the orchestra is the George Mason Green Machine. Visit them at [link]
Another great Andy Rehfeldt mashup. See more of his parodies at this [link] Mixed by Grant Cornish.
Over the weekend, on January 13th to be precise, a press release arrived in my mailbox announcing that Black Sabbath have named their new album 13 and that the album is due in June.
That wasn't the most interesting part of the press release. (more…)
Metal Injection reported back on November 27th that Rage Against The Machine would not be writing a new album, however, reports now indicate that not only will they not be releasing new music but the rumored tour that was in the works will no longer be happening either. (more…)
So remember when Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford responded "definitely, maybe" when asked by TMZ reporters if his band was working on new material. Turns out he was just trolling TMZ. (more…)
Rage Against The Machine loves to fuck with the media, and the "man" as much as possible. Such is the case when TMZ cameras spotted Rage bassist Tim Commerford. There are two videos now with a TMZ camera guy interviewing the bassist in a LA parking lot, and it both videos Commerford hints and new material from the band, the first since 2000's Renegades. In the first interview, when asked about new material, Tim says "maybe, maybe" and in the second, it's been upgraded to "definitely, maybe." (more…)
A growing trend in the music industry is for musicians to create comic books as a way to supplement their music and/or their income. Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria has made a living off this by illustrating the story line behind his band's albums. Other notable musicians who have dabbled in the comic book world include Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Gerard Way, front man for My Chemical Romance. (more…)
A/V Roundup: New music from DYING FETUS, ARCHITECTS, STRAY FROM THE PATH Cover RATM; New SERJ TANKIAN Video
Oh God, Meshuggah was last night and I'm so hung over. Make it stop! New music from Dying Fetus, Stray From The Path, Architects and a music video from Serj Tankian coming up…
Another new Dying Fetus track, "From Womb To Waste" has made it's way online, right now on Altpress.com. If you're waiting for me to tell you how good it is, you really should know by now… DF don't make a bad death metal song. Reign Supreme comes out June 19th. (more…)
This footage, which claims to be the first Rage Against the Machine concert ever, is pretty fascinating to watch. Beyond hearing these songs in their infancy, look at the early 90s fashion on display here. The three people up front, Zack De La Rocha with his funky dance moves and black shirt over white sweatshirt apparel. It just brings me back! Somebody Rock Sound tracked down Tom Morello, who had seen the footage and had this to say about it: (more…)
By Ben Apatoff
Any metalhead with a computer knows by now that JUDAS PRIEST are planning their final tour. Of course these things are always dubious (although Priest seem more sincere than KISS,) and I expected to see a lot of arguing over whether or not HALFORD and the gang were actually putting the band to rest.
But all anyone seems to care about is "going out on top." As in, "It's a good thing that Priest are retiring at a point when they're still playing great shows and releasing good music." Or, "It's a good thing that Priest are retiring in time to stop embarrassing themselves."
So are the Metal Gods going out on top or not? Clearly, there's only one correct answer. (more…)
RollingStone still covers music? When they're not busy featuring that kid from Twilight on their cover, they actually do something cool like get a few artists to list their favorite songs and albums of the decade. The most surprising: Kirk Hammett lists ALL SHALL PERISH's Awaken The Dreamers as his 25th top album. He must really dig that album. Check out Ulrich's and Morello's picks after the jump… (more…)
Touring can be tough. But, at least Geoff Tate (QUEENSRYCHE) is here to tell you communication is key. For musicians who get hurt on or just before a tour, there are always alternative options for you. One, you can get a crew to haul all your backline for you. Two, you can play from a wheelchair. And finally, three, you can web conference your riffage from home (even Obama is doing it). And if all else fails, at least you can still read my shitty list of links to feel informed for the day.
Mike Hill of Tombs talks Versoma, shows, influences +more
Lazarus AD's Jeff wants the tr00 heads to realize that A7X is badass
Time Magazine listed the top ten music fest moments to ever happen. The most extreme item they included was Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza 1993 (warning, Tom Morella is bear chested)
Brutal Truth will be ruining a city near you this spring
If you're a west coast grindhead, May 9th and 10th might be a good weekend for you. Check out LA's Murderfest which includes grind/death bands people actually enjoy like Rotten Sound and Graf Orlock
If you're a west coast hardcore kid, the begining of August might be a fun 2-stepping weekend for you as Sound and Fury rolls in from July 31 to August 2.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE was scheduled to make their first performance in Minnesota since their hiatus tonight at the Target Center, but they surprised demonstrators yesterday evening at the Ripple Effect non-partisan demonstration event in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul with a festival-ending a cappella performance that began a march towards the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center. Ripple Effect was a scheduled demonstration in support of sustainability, activism, political awareness, and self-actualization, and it was originally expected to feature performances from ANTI-FLAG, I SELF DEVINE, DEAD PREZ, MICHAEL FRANTI, WOOKIEFOOT and MATISYAHU and speeches from Medea Benjamin and Will Steger among others. After a day of performances directing postive support towards non-partisan (yet decidely liberal) causes, ANTI-FLAG announced that it was important that the crowd stay around "because things [were] about to get crazy".
As soon as this was said, I looked to the back of the stage and saw RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE surrounded by a troop of Minnesota state patrol officers! The crowd quickly became aware of the high possibility of a performance by RATM, and began to direct the protest chants in support of the cause. After an entire afternoon peacefully celebrating these positive concepts that I described above, we sang along in unison of our support to let the heavily armed officers know who we wanted to see play: "Who's capitol? Our capitol!", "FREE PRESS! FREE PRESS!", "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me!", "…in the lannnnd of the freee!, anddd the home of thhheeee braaave!!", "music is not a crime!", "LET THEM PLAY!!!" LET RAGE PLAY!!!". Although the fans in attendance were very diverse, the objective of the demonstration was clear, aware, liberal, and focused – and we wanted to see RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE push us over the edge. However, the Minnesota police, the snipers on the roofs, paramilitary troops blanketing the city, and other supporters of the GOP unfortunately had their way and RATM was never allowed to take the stage to play their instruments that night.
Instead, Zach, Tom, Tim, and Brad made their way into the middle of the crowd to perform one of the most intimate sets of their entire career. As the entire audience sat down around the band, the entire crowd launched into a highly inspired accapella jam of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE protest classics like "Bulls on Parade" and "Know Your Enemy" that were led by Zach on megaphone and a rhythm section of Tom, Tim, and Brad on hand-clapping! While Tom Morello may have been relegated to clapping along with the rest of us instead of playing his wah-heavy guitar anthems, the intention of the performance was even more evident as a result. For nearly fifteen minutes, RATM led the focused movement through a set of songs that only helped to reaffirm the definitive values which were shared by all in attendance. "Rally round your family, with a pocket full of shells".. "… Some of those who hold office… Are the same that burn crosses!"..
Immediately after the band concluded their brief performance, they turned southeast and urged all of those in attendance to proceed peacefully as they marched unannounced in the direction of the Xcel Energy Center and the Republican National Convention contained within. In the hours that followed, I and the people of the United States peaceably (albeit loudly and confidently) marched in a defiant parade through the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota in a unified voice opposing the "war against the poor". After a mile long journey we arrived at the convention, and even then the crowd remained polite and responsible. However, following twenty minutes of songs and chants outside the convention , the heavily armed contingent of war veterans and national guard members who formed the police coalition there that night informed us that they would begin to "shoot us, pepper us, and arrest us if we didn't leave within twenty minutes". The only weapon that any of us carried to the convention that night was our voices, but it seems as if that was enough to set the police state in motion all across the city to silence our agenda. Within minutes, their announcement the police began to beat us back with tear gas bombs, batons, and rubber bullets at numerous locations and the peaceful protest that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MICHAEL FRANTI, and ANTI-FLAG began on the capitol hill was dispersed.
On the local news that night the peaceful march is never mentioned, only condemnations of the minimal outbursts on the outskirts by so-called "violent anarchists". Tomorrow a new march on the convention is sure to begin.