I'm proud of working jaunt into a metal blog. It's the little things, people. Anyway, TOOL is hitting the road and more dates were announced recently. The all-but-confirmed rumor is that Intronaut is opening the tour, which is so awesome for them. I say all but confirmed because the 'naut's management company pretty much confirmed it with this tweet. Here's the current routing: (more…)
Why, hello there new TOOL dates. The band is most certainly routing a tour, which is nothing but great news for fans on two counts. One, they have the chance to see Tool live. Two, this is most likely for the band to get "back in the groove" as part of the writing process for their new record. There are west coast dates, and now east coast dates AND a Toronto date. It's safe to say this one's going across the whole country. Here is the routing as it currently stands: (more…)
Well, since they're not recording a new album anyway, I guess TOOL might as well book some shows, and that's exactly what they did. Presumably, this is just to get the blood flowing so they can get inspired with whatever they're writing, right? I sure hope so. Here are the two dates: (more…)
Well this is a bummer. We got really excited yesterday about TOOL entering the studio, thanks to a cryptic message in their newsletter? Well, turns out we got too excited, because the message was clearly too cryptic. A member of TOOL was in the studio, drummer Danny Carey, but not to record any TOOL project.
Rather, Carey was there to record his side-project, Volto!. The original message was updated to be slightly less vague, emphasizing that the recording was for the side-project and not TOOL. The webmaster did make some vague references to seeing bits of a new music video from TOOL, with new music, but at this point, I don't believe him! I guess this backs up what Maynard was saying about the band taking their time writing.
UPDATE 12/2/2011: Turns out we were wrong, and TOOL is not in the studio.
A little over a month ago, Maynard was asked about when fans could expect a new record from TOOL, and he said the band is still in writing mode. Looks like they had a really productive month, because according to the band's newsletter, they entered the studio last week. (more…)
It feels like it's been 10,000 days since Tool's last album 10,000 Days was released in 2006 (really it's only been like 2,000 days). Needless to say, Tool fans are ready for new music from the band. Frontman Maynard James Kennan has been making the rounds promoting the new Puscifer album, his solo project, where he was able to release two of those albums in the time that his main moneymaker isn't even putting one out. What the hell is taking so long? Well, somebody recently asked Maynard what the deal is, and he calmly explained: (more…)
Adam Jones, a huge WWE fan, surprised everybody at SummerSlam 2011 by coming out to perform the national anthem. Read more about his involvement.
Geo·dissonance: the metal movement is proliferating to all corners of the globe. In its relentless display of vitriolic truths and the ugliest questions of existence, we can hear the resounding riffs of heavy metal in the most conservative pockets of society. As your Punjabi, riff-worshiping correspondent, I've created Geodissonance to report the controversy: as metal unveils dissonance in cradles of brutality around the world.
To some, the notion of “Western” culture may call to mind dust bowls, the Wild West, and cheesy cowboy flicks; to much of Afghanistan, it represents a threat to a national history, culture, and honor. In the last year in a half, local Afghani bands D.U. and The White Page have pushed for a cultural evolution, via incitation of a movement most notably “Western” in its roots: heavy metal. In November 2010, D.U. ripped out a cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” the Eurythmics song that was effectively set into the air-waves by Ohio-based shock rocker, Marilyn Manson. If their intent was to “shock,” their goal was well-achieved; since their appearance upon the stage, as a bunch of raging, Afghani metalheads (à la leather jackets, metal chains, and long black hair whipping across their guitars and bass), many locals have identified the groups as “trashy Western music,” representing the “cultural imperialism” of the Western world. (more…)
I was pretty shocked when I tuned in to the beginning of WWE SummerSlam this past Sunday, and it kicked off with none other than Adam Jones of TOOL performing the national anthem. I love WWE and I love Tool, I just assumed that a guy like Adam Jones would be "above" getting hired to do something like this. It turns out Adam is a huge WWE fan. A quick peek at his Facebook page reveals his favorite athletes are Triple H and The Miz. Here is what Adam had to say about how the whole thing came about: (more…)
There is no doubt about it: Tool are a bunch of weirdos. They make weird videos to accompany their weird music. They're all about the mystique of being in a band. Well, they just got weirded out! At the Big Day Out Festival in Adelaide, Australia, Rammstein drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider was invited out to do a dueling drum solo with Tool drummer Danny Carey. Not content to sit on the sidelines, frontman Till Lindemann comes out and torches the fuck out of Schneider's drum kit. While the video is shot from pretty far away, it's clear to see the growing concern amongst all the members of Tool. But it was all in good fun, and nobody got hurt. If anybody knows how to play with fire…it's Rammstein!
By Ben Apatoff
Fear no more. Denver deathgrinders CEPHALIC CARNAGE still sound brutal on Misled by Certainty, their first album without mainstay guitarist ZAC JOE. The energy, humor, theatrics, genre leaps and spastic playing that made albums like Xenosapien a blast are also present, as are moments that are almost easy-going by CC's standards, although they never sound like self-dilution. So don't be misled by your certainty that they'd lose their distinctiveness with their latest lineup change. (more…)
Just the other day, Frank and I were blasting Intronaut on the way to an interview and they still rule! They are a part of a pretty sweet summer tour package with Cynic and Dysrhythmia. They are working on a new album Now, there is word that Tool bassist Justin Chancellor dropped by to lend his talents to a song. Frontman Sacha Dunable elaborates:
"Intronaut is beyond stoked to get back out on the road and play some shows with our buddies in Cynic and Dysrhythmia. If you live near any of these cities, be sure to come out! We'll be playing a few songs off our new record, and I could only assume that the other two bands are going to blow your socks off. Speaking of the new record, it's just about done. It's been quite exhausting fine-tuning everything, but it's paid off. Josh Newell is killing it on the production side of things even while bogged down with some more lucrative projects, and we were lucky enough to have this guy Justin (from some band I won't name drop, but will say that it rhymes with 'Cool') come in and co-write/perform on a song with us where we have two drummers and two bassists going at once. That's right folks, pure excess. Other than that, this record rules so much that I'm literally embarrassed to have been a part of everything we've done up until now. Not to sound pretentious, but this is absolutely the best music ever made."
Who's got two thumbs and is incredibly pumped to hear this? This guy!
What the fuck is a free country if a person can't fornicate with an inanimate object in peace?! Doesn't Michigan realize that he could have done something way worse, like get laid off and then get laid and slayed by some idiot who just gave Cannibal Corpse fans a bad name. But hey, life in the States could be worse. At least you won't find any of these in America. And, your day will get even better if you spend the rest of it reading all these links and avoid Thirsty Thursday.
Mikael Akerfeldt "NEEDS" an album called Menu. Help him out, fuckers.
Deathcore dudes can't wait to tour with Aborted.
Kreator wants to thank everyone who saw them on their European tour for celebrating violence with them
I couldn't believe it. But, its totally true. maudlin of the Well (and Kayo Dot too) returns thanks to their fans
America's biggest freak is bringing a circus to London
Check out Daath in front of a green screen
Is this tour title a joke?
Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you still might be able to see God Forbid
Some tool will be on tour again soon.
Seventeen people were arrested at a metal show in PA. That's it?!
A metal dude reviews a moshcore show for what it really is
Samael are craving to play their new songs
If you life in Seattle and <3 grind, go see Pig Destroyer
Propaghandi added more tour dates
A "Dramatic Roar" captivates on VH1
Once again metal's tolerable creep teaches an interesting lesson on something, well, metal
Next Rotten Sound album will focus on the meaning of stupidity
Another magazine bit the dust
Former NINE INCH NAILS (and a shit ton of other bands) drummer Josh Freese has a new solo record titled Since 1972 coming out. In the same vein as his former boss, Trent Reznor, Freese has decided to go the online pay as much as you want route, except with a twist, the more you pay, the crazier your package is. When we say crazy we mean things like he'll write an entire EP about you and put it on iTunes or you can go mini-golfing with him and Maynard. The above video should help explain things and full details about the packages after the jump. (more…)
And you thought Cinco de Mayo was something about the Mexicans beating the French: Nay, this year May 5 brings us Wavering Radiant, ISIS' fifth full-length, produced by JOE BARESSI (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) with guest spots from Tool guitarist ADAM JONES. Cover art is to the right and tracklist is as follows:
1. "Hall Of The Dead"
2. "Ghost Key"
3. "Hand Of The Host"
4. "Wavering Radiant"
5. "Stone To Wake A Serpent"
6. "20 Minutes / 40 Years"
7. "Threshold of Transformation"
Based on fan-filmed footage of "20 Minutes/40 Years," plus Isis' history of being awesome, we're pretty psyched.