by: Frank Godla
I'll start this off by admitting I am a huge fan of bands that put on a sweet light show. It really gives the live experience that extra level of awesomeness I find missing from most shows I attend these days. There is a distinct art about enhancing your performance beyond it's usual means, and I often think it deserves a lot more respect than it's ever given. Anyway, when talking about awesome light shows, I don't think anyone would disagree NIN are at the top of their game. However, did you know back in the day NIN had an even better stage show than anything you read people barking about the past few years prior to calling it quits?
Don't get me wrong, I've seen Trent and the gang several times in my life including a handful of shows in the 00's that were nothing short of stellar. Nine Inch Nails have never been a band to disappoint and I wouldn't dare call them anything less than awesome. With that said remember when NIN music was faster? Harder? and more offensive? Well it didn't just stop there, check out the above live performance video for "Wish" back on the Self Destruct tour back in 1995. After 15 years this clip still gives me goose bumps!
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.
According to founding guitarist BEN WEINMAN, the title of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's new album means "being in a situation where you have so many choices you can’t decide, and end up being frozen." It sounds like the kind of curse that plenty of headbangers wish on DEP every time they make a record that isn't Calculating Infinity.
For a band that people supposedly appreciate for pushing boundaries, every hint of tunefulness (or really anything that doesn't sound like a drill going through your eardrums) that the band explores gets hit with gripes about going soft. This phenomena won't stop with Option Paralysis–the short noisecore blasts of Ire Works have been traded for more structured songs, and all ten tracks are balanced by melodic exchanges and clean singing. Your loss, kvltists, because Option Paralysis is an awesomely dark, weird and aggressive record that every metalhead should be listening to this month. (more…)