Search Results for "Alternative Metal"

DIVEST release 2001 White Plains demo

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM (PST)

divest2001

For the couple thousand kids who give a shit and know about my quite unsung old post-hardcore/nu metal band DIVEST , here’s a treat. Our one time very brief live bassist Andre Malkine shot me a copy of three songs I didn’t have that I added to our growing Bandcamp discography.

This was around a time period in early 00’s when we all kind of congregated at this party house around Purchase College cuz our guitarist Dave Parker was going to school there. It turns out the house was also where incidentally mine and my sister Cambria’s mom (who grew up in White Plains as my Grandpa was a famous minister there) used to come get babysat as a child decades earlier! So crazy. Swear to God. Weird synchronicity.

The house on the cover is not where we recorded this demo, but was the band house where everyone lived for a year or so and we did many mixes there of different tunes. The actual demo was done at some dudes house in a ritzy area of Westchester.

Funny story from this time. I remember our drummer Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) went outside after drum takes and smoked a bowl. He was happy and standing under a tree when a fucking squirrel fetus fell out of the tree and slid down his face. Worst. Buzz Kill. EVER. Thankfully this 3 song has some of Nate Kelley’s best…BASS playing!!

This is what I wrote about it on Facebook:

OK ‪#‎tbt‬ big time. thanks to Andre Malkine for shooting me these. 3 demo tracks from pre 9/11 (a few months) 2001 Divest with Nate Kelley, Dave Parker (ex-Weerd Science, Coheed and Cambria, current Stellar Young) Kurt Brown and Zac Shaw line up plus myself. Drums sound very shitty (not performance), but the songs rule. Some of my best lyrics.”Valley” grooves so fuckin’ hard . I remember we’d play that and I’d feel like could knock down walls by staring at them during the verse riff. Never felt such false sense of invincibility in my life (and that says a lot if you know my life story) as this amazing, complex time drinking 40’s and rockin out toSevendustHUM and Jonah Matranga;s FAR with the boys while writing new songs constantly. This led up to us going to APPLEHEAD RECORDING & PRODUCTION and re-recording “Valley” wth Dr Know of Bad Brains, before we did the full Ghost Town Reckoning album with Dr Know and Applehead Studios (Chiodos, Team Sleep, Coheed ) guys producing. Crazy stuff. I wish I had the Applehead version of “Valley”. Also, “We Can Live” is the most desperate and confessional tune I probably ever wrote for a gal.

For all the fighting and bickering between us and the Coheed guys and band member trades and revolving crap/ all kinds of drunken bullshit with them, there is a lot of great music and MANY GOOD TIMES in the wake of all these people affiliated with the certain group of bands that came out of the Hudson Valley area around then like us, Coheed, Three, Watch You Burn, Anadivine,  etc. Much love and respect and hopeful peace and harmony for the rest of our pathetic lives! Best lyric: “A dirty business so let’s stick to our friends”. 

This was a weird space between Nu Metal and melodic post hardcore that we’d keep worrying at like a problem for the ages. haha.”

Check out the 2001 White Plains demo HERE.

 

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

faithnomore_mr-0237

Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus is like the “Cirque Du Soleil from Hell” elegant Mad Max: Fury Road of summer rock albums, except it is a travesty it didn’t go number one at the charts.  Mad Max didn’t have that problem, much to the chagrin of small dicked keyboard cowboys in #gamergate support group chatrooms who are too scared to jack each other off and get real or the Return Of “So Called” Kings losers who the Fury Road babes would never gie the time of day in this or any world. Just got out of the theater seeing it in 3D and it is in my head as I write this intro reflecting on the new Faith No More. Odd comparison? Well…It might be a bit sleeker model than the early FNM releases (or Mad Max films) but in economy of track time there is still plenty of room for maximized FNM goodness. Patton has earned his cult and the band sound more glorious and in effortlessly in command of anything they touch. Unlike Fury Road however there is far less bloodshed or refreshing plot “risks” taken as one might have expected, though the band delivered a killer release that sits proudly in their canon and is better than Album Of The Year, for sure. The live show is always a circus of skill, sly wit and devilish delivery with any Patton project.  And in FNM’s corner is the fact that their kind of crazy is a lot better than Mel Gibson crazy, though in the new days of Bane Max, aka the dreamy and intense (I’m saying this because I often get told I look like him) Tom Hardy we have a real 100% bonafide action character to root for again without worrying if he is gonna hate Jews , make franchise disrespecting (aka no concern for innocent collatoral damage) mixed bag A Good Day To Die Hard or misgovern California. Neaaaghhh!!!

But some people still aren’t sold on Patton! They should be. He is undoubtedly miles ahead of the pack at pretty much all times. And if you don’t get the satire and snark and just want some Nickelback? Well, history will play the violins for you someday. It’s always funny until someone gets hurt, right? Well people get hurt when media, music and society pander to the lowest common fucking denominator in sex, equality, the arts and education all the time MORE! Don’t get me started, America. Anyone who would try to blame FNM and/or Rage Against The Machine for the rise of Limp Bizkit frat fans that led to raping chicks at Woodstock 99′ is an imbecile.

Le Butcherettes just did a split with and have an impending tour with The Melvins, another band with ties to Patton’s Ipecac and who take no prisoners and make no apologies. Like Melt Banana, Dillinger Escape Plan ,Dalek or any other artists Patton has championed over the years, Le Butcherettes are loved by generally smarter European Rock audiences, who generally only understand blunt statements more ala Five Finger Death Punch type rock fans. I hate to generalize and put up walls between human experience, but sometimes you gotta call it like you see it, baby. Le Butcherettes, have a bandleader in Teri Gender Bender who not only has the best “punk rock” name since Steve Ignorant of Crass but who sounds like PJ Harvey leading a riot brigade of styles into fearless, adrenaline pumping and downright sexy territory both musically and aesthetically, to say nothing of her eye popping appearance and Furiosa-esque confidence. Like Tool (who took out the Melvins, Isis and other great bands despite much of their fan base probably being fine if a butt rock band opened), Faith No More aren’t afraid to go with the cerebral choice over the brawny, easy way out. Like the new Mad Max. And therein lies hope for rock n roll, gender and social unity and the future of all that is good in this wasteland.

Elegant and rock n roll ready pics by Missmagpi can be found BELOW.

#faithnomore #solinvictus #mikepatton #philly  #madmax #melvins #terigenderbender #gamergate #furiosa #electricfactory 

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

DPP_0013

I don’t know if anyone was medicating but nobody appears to have been that isolated at the Seether recent May stop in Clifton Park supporting Isolate and Medicate. The hard rock vets have an undeniably strong fan base and pull for those who want some chunky riffs and at times morose but striving, gruff vocals in their rock n roll  Summer. Hey not every band can have a riff like “Same Damn Life” that sounds a lot like a Little Peggy March “I Will Follow Him” vocal melody and somehow make it a radio grunge thing. Catharina Christiana supplied photos BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar
XXX

Coal Chamber drop ‘Rivals’ today

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM (PST)

coal-chamber-tour

Los Angeles nu metallers Coal Chamber have today dropped their newest album Rivals via Napalm Records.

Frontman Dez Fafara talks about the new album, and the tour the band’s about to embark on:

“It’s been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER put out a record.  We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip!  If you like it heavy and unique you’ll love Rivals!  This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya!  Support Heavy music in all its forms!”

COAL CHAMBER is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends Fear Factory who have a new record coming and my good buddy Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time.”

Check out tour dates and the lyric video for “The Bridges You Burn” here.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Septa release new video for “Destroyer, Pt.1”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM (PST)

11133987_966263043406558_6993641011654177493_o

Septa from Odessa are one of the most versatile bands on the scene right now by a long shot. Just check all the movements in new single and video “Destroyer, Pt.1” alone. That sludge riff that closes the song is a monster!

This band could easily hold their own with most modern post-hardcore/metal contemporaries and rage amidst a shipyard in the new pro looking but still gritty video. Check out their recent album Destroyer HERE and our review of the album HERE. Big fan of this band.

See the new music video BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: Nekrogoblikon – “Heavy Meta”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM (PST)

Nekrogoblikon-Heavy-Meta
“Ok, what the fuck is ‘Goblin Metal’?” I swear, I sat there asking myself this question for about 10 minutes when this first fell into my hands. Just sitting, staring at my phone, wondering what this meant, but drawing blanks. Seriously, I could almost see myself grabbing people and screaming in a gravely voice, similar to Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight movies, and asking “What is it!? What is it!? Tell Me! What is Goblin Metal!?”

If you’re reading this right now and feeling the same way, then stick around. I’m about to answer this question the very best I can. The band NEKROGOBLIKON would be the best (and perhaps only) place to start. They are by far one of the most original bands I’ve ever encountered, so I can’t even begin to compre them to anything else I’ve heard yet. They can best be described as a fun, melodic, comedic, black metal band with some 80s inspired riffs, epic keyboarding, and vocals about goblins, for goblins, and performed by goblins that really resemble creature cards in one of my Magic The Gathering decks.

Read more below.

Album Review: Faith No More – “Sol Invictus”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM (PST)

Faith_No_More_-_Sol_Invictus_Album_Cover

Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus in far too easy cliffnotes shorthand would be a slice of The Real Thing with the general brevity of the songs (not the 2x vinyl album duration) of King For A Day, with plenty of unfamiliar yet familiar textures and pratfall avoiding moments of sheer joy and snark from camp “Rock Band” Patton and Co. Hearing Mike Bordin’s straight up, scarce frills yet so spot on percussion parts on the somewhat desert rock and Tomahawk-esque spaghetti western gangsta thriller “Cone Of Shame” is like putting on your favorite old coat that still is cooler than the new styles.

Was it worth the wait? Yes. I’m gonna say absolutely. This is a really great return to alternative nation.

The title track opens things up with the calm self control the band brought to the stage in Brooklyn a few years back opening with fucking “Midnight Cowboy” before just exploding with energy from there. Same digs here. “Sol Invictus” starts on a somber and slow, piano balladry note before we are thrust deep into “Superhero”, the band’s true comeback single. “LEADER OF MEN! GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!!!” Man, that is the lyric of our times for the bank puppets we answer to who are all really still in bed with Wall Street and Big Pharma.

“Superhero” and “Motherfucker” appealed to Real Thing and perhaps Album Of The Year-era fans strongly, both great singles. “Superhero” in particular just has so much of the classic FNM sound no one has ever imitated well. There are even a few “Take This Bottle” worthy moments here (if perhaps no “Midlife Crisis” – Angel Dust will always be their best record to me. It’s just a fucking masterpiece front to back. “Smaller and Smaller”, kids. HIGH water mark dopest song maybe ever, in my book).

I’ve got to say that “Sunny Side Up” is one of the best lyrics Patton has penned in years, continuing the homerun streak he has had with recent songs he’s been a part of like “Stone Letter” or Peeping Tom’s dope ass “Kill The Dj” and the score for The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (which had the coolest, leafy packaging I’ve seen in a long time).

There’s swing, stomp, sass, some PMA, some funk, scat alley cat yeowwls we know and love, beautiful piano parts (sans floppy fish) and plenty of gimpery to go around. Like Soundgarden’s King Animal or the forthcoming Failure disc, it defies critics who think the band are cash grabbing. There isn’t a song as sexy as “Stripsearch”, one of the last pre-break serious gems the band wrote which inspired some friends of mine to start a whole short lived band with the same name years ago…but I was slightly baked and exhausted in the bus station in NYC today listening to the NPR premiere of Sol Invictus in the headphones and just fucking found myself jamming the hell out and drumming in a pink t shirt not giving a fuck if people stared at me. What the hell ever. That’s a good sign.

Then I was looking at the picture of the two friendly cops on the wall by Gate 32 when Patton sang “Aint no grave gonna hold this body down”, and it made me feel something really deep and profound for the fabric of our society so at odds over hate and racism.

I’m not giving it a 4.5 out of comparisons to shittier bands but because it stands on its’ own merits. If that was the case it would have had a five (and probably should since once this site gave a five star rating to The Bunny, The Bear). But yeah, I really wanted someone to bring back the power of weird ass, ambitious rock for the radiation soaked masses. Oh wait, somebody has. Faith No More!!! Goodbye, Motherfucker(s)! You had it coming! #rainbowswillcurveforme 

XXX

PromoImage

“You may not know what this flavor is now, because it’s a whole different ball
game.” – Dez Fafara

Coal Chamber are back in 2015 with 4th long player Rivals, an imaginative plunge through their signature dark grooves, spastic screams and oddball twists and turns that is an exciting return to the scene. Arguably their heaviest record yet, Rivals finds the once splintered band conquering demons, looking forward instead of back and all about kicking ass. Pre order HERE.

It was great to talk to workaholic Dez Fafara, fresh back from Mexico City, about his career, nu metal haters, the B52’s, falling in love with music and much more.

Check it out below and get Loco!

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Royal Thunder’s “Time Machine” to relevant rock music

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM (PST)

11179990_10203056310763219_1106693942_n

Other than The Great Give Back by The Heartless Breakers and a few other standout records by bands ironically with heart, you might think rock was really in poor shape in 2015. It’s actually not the case, as Royal Thunder‘s new video for Crooked Doors lead track and future anthem “Time Machine” gloriously proves with a bang. Not many bands on this site could hang on tour as Wilco’s opener (Nocturnal Poisoning/Wilco would be so rad). Personally, I think that it’s super cool the legendary Wilco took RT out.

Anyway, “Time Machine” has a riff that really reminds me melodically somehow of the chorus of Muse’s “Uprising” hit, but it’s also nothing like it. The slinky, gypsy rock main line builds up to a somber and reflective harrowing of personal trials, purged out in the louder rock moments of the song with vigorous bravery.

Three cheers to Royal Thunder, still the ones to beat for hard rock in the first quarter of 2015. They really are just ailing it and firing on all cylinders. The lyrics of this one in particular are some of the most flooring and powerful on the new record, especially that second verse. Ooofff.  You will feel something.

Watch the video BELOW.

System of a Down performed HUUUUUGE Armenian first time show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM (PST)

11186256_10203051187755147_1285477833_n

“We can’t afford to be neutral on a moving train,” sings Serj Tankian in SOAD‘s epic and still truly relevant  “Deer Dance”. The goosebump worthy sized crowd show System are still picking up the slack for way too many apathetic bands interested in singing about bullshit. The world is burning. 11134237_10203051187915151_117549323_n

System of a Down performed live today at Republic Square to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. It was their first ever show in Armenia, where they are properly seen as serious social crusaders for a better world. They even covered The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” in Armenian and completely flipped it into “psycho groupie cocaine craaazy” mode.

11156913_10203051187835149_358406583_n

11178548_10203051188115156_2136766576_nA “Who Now Remembers The Armenians?” quote from Hitler played in an animated film about the wrong of hiding the cycles of Genocide in Cambodia, Darfur and “too many other killing fields across the globe. In Africa, Asia, The Middle East…the world stands back and watches. ” A huge roar went up from the invigorated crowd for the Wake Up The Souls finale , live streamed on Rolling Stone HERE. It was like one of those epic concerts they used to have in the late 80’s/early 90’s, like AC/DC playing Russia or something. But this was more important.

11165950_10203051187795148_644792402_n

“A whole race genocide/never taken away all of our pride,” sang Serj and the crowd, one moving mass of awareness, firmly stood through downpouring rain for the right to be SEEN. If you’ve ever had ancestors or relatives in War or have any empathy, it was a moving pro peace event that should inspire to great heights. I doubt many have ever heard so many people sing along to a modern hard rock band.

11173706_10203051187715146_381637208_n

#systemofadown #armenia #historic #numetal #propeace

More BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

New Years Day begin recording

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM (PST)

New-Years-Day

California alternative metallers New Years Day have begun recording the follow-up to their 5-song EP Epidemic, which was released last fall.

The as-of-yet untitled album will be the band’s Another Century Records debut and will be the band’s third full-length album

Check out what vocalist Ash Costello had to say about the new album as well as music videos for “Defame Me” and “Angel Eyes” (Featuring Chris Cerulli from Motionless In White) here.

Catch New Years Day on Warped Tour all summer long.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Coal Chamber and Ministry team up on aggro new single

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:41 PM (PST)

coal-chamber-posted-the-first-we

Coal Chamber are the ghouls of Nu Metal Groove and Ministry are the most undead of Industrial Metal hybrid Bands (with all due respect to departed guitarist Mike Scaccia). The pairing of the Dez and Al friendship on wax is a song called “Suffer In Silence” that has the rolling wall of intimidating groove that made Nu Metal so popular but here any cheezy elements are more of a camp, as the witty style of Coal Chamber paints a story of midnight walks and Al Jourgensen brings his persona and karma to bear down on the track like the old pro he is. Hell or high water, this was gonna rock in some way.

I like Coal Chamber best when they have this sort of dry drum production with just good crunchy guitar and some effected vocals, I believe. Most people prefer their second album Chamber Music, my least favorite (except for the Peter Gabriel cover with Ozzy).

Check out the collaboration with Al Jourgesen  BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Interview: Hollywood Undead – Day Of The Dead arrives

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:34 AM (PST)

hollywood-undead-press-2015-billboard-650

Sirens are blaring somewhere outside a venue in Chicago and I ask Danny from shock rap rockers Hollywood Undead if the po po are coming for him?

“No. I’m cool, man,” the vocalist answers, chuckling.

I’ve just checked in with Danny by phone while he lingers outside The Underground in Chicago on the band’s tour in support of brand new album Day Of The Dead. Their fourth record is a big, smart AND dumb blend of dance music, rap and hard rock elements with the band being able to take the piss and also still try to connect to fans on a real level at the same time.

“Jordan was like, you’re way more metal than me, man. You talk to Metal Riot,” jokes Danny. “It’s lookin’ good for tonight. We’re playing a nice sold out show. It’s been a fun tour so far. We all have our own ways to get ready for a show. I bring in my stereo and have spotify mixes. Usually before we go on we put on funky shit like James Brown. That’s been the ritual for like three or four years now,” he laughs.”

HollywoodUndead-01
Today I was reading a gross article on Lambgoat about how Disney has banned outstanding fast thrashers Warbringer (one of the hardest working bands in METAL!) from playing a House Of Blues show due to content and imagery. What a complete dis to the subculture. That kind of gestapo-mickey mouse behavior on Disney’s part not only makes me nervous the new Star Wars movies will suck but also is pretty pathetic from a corporation that bought family friendly Miramax (There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Pulp Fiction)! Oh, I forgot it’s “Ok” to discriminate in the USA now. So…YEAH… it warms my heart today to be promoting a record that has fun with slow blunt smoke, glitchy ear rattling electronic elements and lots of cussin’.

For more see BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

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)

11092944_10206512655682316_1001496437_n

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.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Interview: Lightning Bolt – Leave The Lantern Lit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM (PST)

lbolt 2

Noise champs Lightning Bolt have defied the odds for almost twenty years, creating their own quite real “Fantasy Empire” of unshackled by tepid mortal limitations manic rock music in the process. The newest record Fantasy Empire is their best sounding album fidelity wise, the Rhode Island band tracking in a whole new and more traditional way but yielding psychotic, spastically rhythmic and trippy, brilliant results on songs like “Dream Genie” (not Bowie cover) or “King of My World”. The two Brians (Chippendale and Gibson) of the duo  are back after six years between albums but haven’t lost any of their chutzpah on this sixth album in a critically acclaimed + pioneering career featuring many careening flights of fancy.

Fantasy Empire will be released March 24th, 2015 via Thrill Jockey. In addition to standard formats, Thrill Jockey is offering a limited pressing of 300 deluxe double LP versions on black-and-white swirl vinyl. Preorder packages are available at THIS LOCATION.

For an interview with Brian Chippendale see BELOW.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar
XXX