For more metal videos, visit http://metalinjection.net - Frank got to hang out with Jochem Jacobs and Bart Hennephof of Dutch djenters TEXTURES. The band discussed their line up changes, their new album, Dualism, which hits stores September 27th on Nuclear Blast, and their upcoming tour with Periphery.
There are dozens of factors that go into creating a "great" record, and I try to consider them all while listening to music of any sub-genre, in any time period, from any geographical location (3 important elements that play a roll in critiquing music as far as I'm concerned). It's easy to simply write something off you don't like, and just as easy to fake something you do for the sake of continuously supporting a band you enjoy for one reason or another. These are mistakes I find amongst my peers in the music industry everyday (but I'll blog and rant more about that later), and none more pungent than the end of each year where we're unofficially obligated to grade bands into a competitive structure for which it doesn't belong. The mentality of art is not one of sport, but I'll blog and rant more about that someday too.
With that said, I'd like to provide you NOT with a structured list of favoritism or competitive nature, but merely 22 releases in no particular order that I listened to a lot this year. Why 22? because that's just how many I had something to say about. Like last year I've listened to hundreds of releases, and thoroughly enjoyed many more than you'll see on this list (like Scar Symmetry, Fucked Up, Absu, Ulcerate, Lock Up, Skeletonwitch, Noiser, and Dead In The Dirt to name a few), but I'm the kind of guy that can talk about music for hours if you let me. I know some of you don't read these forwards, and probably less of you read the description for each LP, but for the 1% of genuine music lovers and groove seekers out there like myself who spend endless nights on a quest for quality metal around the globe, I hope you at least find something new you might have missed, or something you'd like to revisit. After all this list isn't about me or you, it's about awesome bands, and sharing our love for music that reminds us why we do what we do in the first place. (more…)
While it may not officially be autumn, it's cold as fuck in New York City, relatively speaking of course. So I deem summer over. Luckily, that means there are a ton of Fall releases about to come out, and with that come new song samples. Here is a collection of new music currently available online:
Oh happy day! The Frak The Gods Tour, featuring Periphery, The Human Abstract, Textures & The Contortionist was announced a few weeks back, but no dates. Today, we have these dates and dates are a plenty. The tour kicks off September 3rd in Raleigh, NC hitting major cities all over (creeping in for stops in Toronto and Montreal) until wrapping up on October 8th in Baltimore. Here are the dates: (more…)
Woah! This is a monster tour announcement. Periphery announced their first ever North American headlining tour to go down between September 2nd and October 8th. The band will be bringing some shredders with them: The Human Abstract, Textures, and The Contortionist. I'm in! Unfortunately, no dates have been announced yet. We'll keep you posted but for now, perhaps this bit where Misha Mansoor met Metal Misha will hold you over.
Sorry for being a little late with this week's Monday Wake Up Call. My day job actually gave me work to do (you didn't think MI was a full time gig did you?). Anyhoo, over the weekend, Blabbermouth posted about an amazing project called EXIVIOUS.
The band seems to be a side project, and features in its rank some heavy hitters in the tech-metal scene: Tymon of CYNIC on guitar, CYNIC bassist Robin Zielhorst, TEXTURES drummer Stef Broks and Michel Nienhuis (ex-SENGAIA) on guitar. The band is filled with a bunch of metal and jazz fusion nerds, so naturally they are going to try to mold the two concepts together and from what I heard so far, it's definitely something worth checking out. The band plans to release an album later this year DIY with only 1000 copies of their CD being printed, each featuring unique artwork. Pretty interesting concept for a DIY release. The band posted the first track of their upcoming self-titled release over the weekend on their official website which you can stream below. Prepare to have your face melted…