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DVD Review: Rage Against The Machine – “Live At Finsbury Park”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:25 PM (PST)

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RATM‘s Live At Finsbury Park is a must have document from the titans of guerilla funk metal.

In late 2009, a successful campaign was launched by English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy to promote an alternative to the omnipresent “X-Factor” winner being the Christmas No. 1 hit in the U.K. singles chart. The track they nominated was RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s “Killing In The Name”. The band supported the campaign, donated the proceeds from the sales to charity and lead singer Zack de la Rocha promised that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE would perform a free concert in the U.K. to celebrate the achievement. This is that concert.

From a crucial introduction from professor Chuck D of hip hop greats Public Enemy (who have a dope new album out this year Man Plans, God Laughs) to a fired up crowd truly passionate and alive after doing the unthinkable and taking the power back from the gross spectacle the pop charts have become, this was a landmark moment for music with bite breaking through. It should be as essential viewing as The Clash at Shea Stadium or the new Run The Jewels clip (featuring De La Rocha) for their racial violence song “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F–K).

We have missed RATM on wax despite the infrequent but still vital times they have risen up for sporadic live shows. I get that The Battle Of Los Angeles is a damn hard act to follow (and Bleed The Pigs, OTEP and Stray From The Path have done their best to fill the void), but seeing the sea of people surging to “Testify” or being fresh from watching the 2015 Dem Debates on my tv and hearing Clinton get it wrong on medical marijuana or candidates drag feet on Snowden, Wall Street reform and other issues, it’s good to know that somewhere there was once more of a spark of resistance in our alternative music and not just trying to get everyone nude at a festical, all due respect to Miley & The Lips. While maybe that could be revolutionary for Millenials in 2015 eager to pick and choose from the hippy days, but it seems like a good recipe for douche bro/ molly rape to me, the validity of body acceptance themed events notwithstanding.

As De La Rocha raps the familiar words from the great S/T album about the bombtrack starting as a “sketch in my notebook”, you wonder how many people are trying to drop knowledge at a higher level and how many just want to get high.

Finsbury is a great example of the populace being engaged in their own destiny and saying “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”.

Rage Against The Machine Finsbury Park DVD pending.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM (PST)

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Who is tired of band’s without messages of depth polluting the scene with white noise? IS it a crime to sing about real world issues? I give major props to Stray From The Path or Cop Problem in 2015 for not taking the easy way out. I’ve been bumping Run The Jewels a lot and got a tweet favorited by El-P the other day, which was mad chill. I also fuckin’ crave heavy groove and Rage Against The Machine opening for Cypress Hill on Black Sunday tour (with Seven Year Bitch and Funkdoobiest!) was my first concert. So, I miss me some Rage.

We need to smash corporate Oligarchy and unite as people of various colors, sexuality types and genders to get this world back on course! Did you see the GOP debate clowns this year? And half the Dems are as bought and paid for! Even Dave Mustaine seems to be getting a bit more sensible again, the GOP Debate was so bad!

Boysetsfire, System Of A Down, Pussy Riot or the bad ass new Morgoth song “Snakestate” come to mind as great examples of modern protest shit that jams hard, but there is only one Rage.

This shit got dropped in my inbox by the fine folks at Eagle Rock and was cool enough news to stop staring at and listening to the musically hypnotic and drop dead gorgeous singer of Overdrive, Fernanda Hay singing Bessie Smith for a minute (she followed me, I was not lurking…but, now I kind of am, haha). Anyway=

This fall, Eagle Rock Entertainment will drop the simultaneous release of Rage Against The Machine Live At Finsbury Park on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on October 16, 2015 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray].Watch a clip at Metal Injection HERE.

Filmed in high definition at London’s Finsbury Park on June 6, 2010, this concert, which includes “Killing In The Name,” “Bulls On Parade,” “People Of The Sun,” “Guerrilla Radio,” “Bullet In The Head,” “Bombtrack,” “Sleep Now In The Fire,” and a cover of The Clash’s “White Riot”, comes with an interesting back story…

Read it and see tracklisting BELOW.

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Last Mayhem Fest ever?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:53 AM (PST)

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The homies of Metal Injection are reporting that this is indeed the last Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest. Read the article HERE.

I am bummed as I have to say media was always treated wonderfully by Mayhem staff and with a lot more regard than some other tours.

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Deep Cuts: Randy Blythe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM (PST)

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As we celebrate the release of Lamb Of God‘s powerful and compelling new collection of tunes VII: Sturm Und Drang, it seems only fitting that we give a Deep Cuts to a man who has inarguably carried the metal (and punk rock) flag high through thick and thin. Randy is one of the best frontmen with one of the most aggro growls in metal history and some of the most insightful political tracks under his belt as well. The ability of Randy to mix humor, awesomeness, anger and cerebral topics into his lyrics puts him up there with Jello Biafra and the best works of Sepultura when it comes to discussing world struggles. And the way Randy has grown and confronted demons in the public eye has been an amazing thing we all have shared in. Here’s too one of the best ambassadors we have. Let’s rekindle that Presidential campaign, haha.

Vocalist Randy Blythe comments on the release of the new album:“Over twenty years ago this band started in the basement – we’re still standing, and I’m still stoked to be putting out new music. As always, play it LOUD.”

While a new song like “Delusion Pandemic”, a total ripper, could just as well be on this list, here are some older tunes or performances Randy has been a part of over the years that I personally think kicked ass.

See which 3 songs made Deep Cuts this time BELOW.

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Judas Priest to reenter the studio

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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British NWOBHM stalwarts Judas Priest having been doing really well in their retirement. After the release of 2014’s Redeemer of Souls frontman Rob Halford announced yesterday that the band is planning on heading back into the studio to continue to rage against the machine.

Halford said in an interview with Sixx Sense:

“We’ll be out for the rest of this tour until Christmas, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do – but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently, and hopefully have it out there as soon as we can.”

Halford has also been encouraged by the reaction to Redeemer of Souls:

“That really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. Who wants to go home and sit down for a year? And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer of Souls.”

Check out Judas Priest tour dates here.

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Lamb of Grunge: Randy sings real purdy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:42 AM (PST)

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Lamb Of God have a new song out “Overlord” (not a Black Label Society cover). The track is startling in that it has the most clean (or only?) vocals we’ve ever heard from the metal leaders. Everyone is saying Alice In Chains but, no…I’d say this is a bit more reminiscent of Testament . Lamb have a big Testament influence and this to me seems more out of the Low or The Ritual-era style playbook. Chuck Billy and now, apparently, Randy manage to sing darker, quieter songs and still have them work amidst the regular thrash chaos. Cheers to Lamb for managing not to become Seven Mary Three or Muddle of Pudd. I’m hoping this isn’t because having a member play on new Megadeth made them want to mellow out (as we all fear the Super Collider pt. 2 potential and await Mustaine to try and redeem himself from that horrible title track). Either way, the vibe on this song is pretty chill, especially the chorus.

 

Watch the “Overlord” premiere HERE.

 

From Randy: “For years I’ve wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind’s eye could be translated into film for others to watch. Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for “Overlord” is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my “mental script” into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.

I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.Oh yeah- if you’re out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way.”

P.S. Love the “I still buy records” shirt, Randy! Good job, dudes.

 

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Watch Life Of Agony’s full Grasspop 2015 set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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Hard rockers Life Of Agony always put their best foot forward live and the footage from Grasspop 2015 is a great example of how they still bring it hard. Mina and the boys rage through classics to a huge crowd. This band still deserves all the love in the world. Hope they make a new album. Meanwhile, watch the electric concert footage BELOW.

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New Lamb Of God song “512” now punishing

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM (PST)

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New Lamb Of God music? That’s music to any real headbanger’s ears. “512” does not lead fans into a new Weird Al inspired polka phase for the Virginia thrashers, rather it is the crushing, precise and personal hell traversing warzone of riffs and screams fans crave from their Lamb records.  VII: Sturm Und Drang sees release in late July. I can’t believe it has been so long since Burn The Priest. You can check the music for this bad ass tune out below. Turn it up!

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After what seems like the longest winter in recorded history, summer music festival has finally arrived for those of us in the greater Boston area. Few and far between are the occasions for those of us who are into music with a harder edge to actually cover one of these festivals, as they’re typically awash in a dizzying array of alt-pop and alt-country and neo-folk acts. Thank God, then, for Tenacious D.

Backed by a three-piece band that included none-other than Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion fame on the drums, the acoustic-metal duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, served as headline act on one of the Boston Calling Music Festival’s two stages, essentially serving as direct support for festival headliners (and hometown favorites) the Pixies.

Gass and Black took to the stage in full-on, cocksure strut as they prepared to lay waist to what was, admittedly, a very vocally supportive crowd. There’s a tendency amongst music critics and fans alike to overlook Tenacious D as a gimmicky joke band, a sort of faux-metal Smothers Brothers. To do so, however, is to ignore both the legitimate homage that Black and Gass pay to the metal world, and to the legitimate rock chops that the duo and their backing band bring to the table.

From the opening notes of the band’s now fourteen-year-old debut single, “Tribute,” Black and Gass led the band through a high-powered set that never really provided them the opportunity to remove their collective foot from the gas pedal, save, maybe, for the set’s humorous and well-performed jazz-fusion interlude. By the time Gass and Black had bid the band adieu and closed the set with the hilariously – dare I say – sweet track “Fuck Her Gently,” they had triumphantly won over all but the most callous of doubters. Case in point: yours truly had gathered in main stage’s photo pit alongside forty or fifty other photographers from varied media outlets great and small in the photo pit in anticipation of the Pixies set by the time “Fuck Her Gently” began, and halfway through the song song, ¾ of the pit, and the crowd at-large, were singing along in full-voiced unison.

Check out our photo gallery from the Tenacious D set at Boston Calling below.

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Ted Nugent joins Rage, Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” cover in the works

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM (PST)

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Citing Zack de la Rocha’s foot dragging insistence on inactivity with one of the biggest and most socially relevant bands of all time, Rage Against The Machine have been forced to move forward…with Ted Nugent.

“Dude, Zack just wants to make a rap song cameo like once every four years and, y’know, a lot of political shit has been crazy the last fifteen or however long it has been since we made an album. I mean, he even recorded with Trent Reznor and DJ Shadow and where is all of THAT stuff?” shrugs drummer Brad Wilk. “And with Nick Menza in Sabbath now, I need a steady gig. Like, I was just playing fill in for the Smashing Pumpkins, bro. Shit’s kinda fucked up. What else are we supposed to do?”

When pressed over if they think long time fans might be confused that Nugent could send a mixed message, “bi-partisanship” was mentioned by RATM’s publicist.“We think he has cross-over appeal, way more than Chris Cornell ever did.”

“Finally oppressed whites will have a voice through the music of rock n’ roll that was stolen from Chuck Berry,” says an ecstatic Nugent. “It’s time to take the power back!”

“When Zack said he was doing that “One Day As A Lion project even we didn’t think he meant actually ONE day,” adds Wilk. 

With Obama a year away from leaving office and Hillary’s email-gate doing Ted’s job for him, Nugent feels it seems like he could relax and reach across the aisle a bit finally. “Shit, Ted Cruz was born in Canada so I guess the time has come to relax a little bit.,” said the Nuge after downing a unicorn/moose hybrid with a spear. “I’m honestly a little bit tired of being the “old crazy guy”. In a way, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation spend more time in the woods than I ever have and that’s to be admired. And obviously discrimination in America is never going away, so I might as well prove that I can rap better than any Muslim mongrel. Besides, Obama trying to reach across the aisle instead of swatting us GOP like bugs when he had a mandate after we tricked y’all into going into Iraq just led to us running Congress and the Senate, haha.” 

When we tried to reach Tom Morrello for comment he just tweeted at us: “Fuck it.”

Bassist Tim Commerford was too busy climbing shit to comment.

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Hard Rock n 2014 had great highlights (no dyed hair joke intended). From Charm City Devils making a bigger name for their brash selves to Chevelle‘s thunderous Terminal 5 show (and tightly wound single “Take Out the Gunman” ) it was a solid year. Buckcherry have also been hitting the road and maintaining a dedicated tour ethic, while Pop Evil  put out a very cool LIVE version of a “Trenches” video thanking fans for the solid support given the nearly unstoppable ascent of Onyx. Diablo Blvd had the best goth hard rocker “Follow The Deadlights” this side of The 69 Eyes and the Belgians killed it opening for Life Of Agony in New Jersey. Best of all is Black Star Riders new record The Killer Instinct, which keeps alive the Thin Lizzy legacy into 2015 and MORE than ensures/proves the genre of hard rock is still worth the fuss.

To see some shots of a few of said bands from recent live concerts shot by our photographer friend Catharina Christiana and to immerse yourself in a river of rock, see BELOW.

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Hot Re-Mastered LP: Judas Priest’s “Defenders Of The Faith”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM (PST)
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Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980’s ‘British Steel’ and 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance’), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to ‘deliver the goods,’ to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ which spawned such headbanging classics as ‘Freewheel Burning,’ ‘Jawbreaker,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,’ and ‘Love Bites.’

And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group’s ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as ‘Metal Gods,’ ‘Breaking the Law,’ ‘Sinner,’ ‘Electric Eye,’ ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),’ ‘Victim of Changes,’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, “It’s 30 years since we released Defenders of the Faith – we’re very proud to say it has become a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world”

Click HERE for more information and rock hard, ride free.

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Randy Rhoads birthday tribute open house in Burbank

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM (PST)

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Start the day with some positive shred news! Legend Randy Rhoads! Got a press release this morning I thought I’d share for you fans out there of the iconic Blizzard of Ozz guitar solo king.

BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 4TH – 6TH

FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 3PM TO 9PM

ACOUSTIC SET SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH

 HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 3, 2014) – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.

The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.

A special note from the Rhoads family:

 The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive. Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~

 Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~

 

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Happy Bday Ozzy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM (PST)

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The one thing to make the time of year that Dimebag and John Lennon were shot better, besides the birth of Christ and subsequent holiday season, is that Dec. 3rd is Ozzy‘s birthday. Happy 66 Sir Lord Ozzy and thanks forever for “Bark At The Moon”, “Iron Man” and “Never Say Die.” Rock n roll forever!

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Gus G. rad “I Am The Fire” expanded edition riff salad

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM (PST)

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Due out November 4th in North America **digital only**, this expanded version of ‘I Am The Fire’ includes 4 bonus tracks, in addition to the standard 12 tracks that were released earlier this year to critical acclaim. GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on the album, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). ‘I Am The Fire’ showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.’s soulful playing.

For a preview of ‘I Am The Fire’, be sure to check out the official video for the album track “My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Leven)” Below!

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