California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. "Firepower Kills" probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. "Crushed Beneath The Tracks" and "Power Unsurpassed" in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band's performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/
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Binge watching is a trend some credit to the entertaining Netflix program House of Cards release of a full season at once. It is in fact an old tradition that finds roots in Twilight Zone New Years Eve marathons, Sports channel subscriptions, Grateful Dead fans following Jerry and pals around the country on tour and even late night I Love Lucy re-runs and a bucket of ice cream, quite a grand tradition in many social circles. Now, Monte Pittman, axe-man extraordinaire for such bands as Prong and Madonna, has joined in the binge watching bacchanal. The awesome guitar force (soon to be seen live on tour with Ministry for some of their From Beer To Eternity supporting treks) has 3 fuckin’ new videos out! Shit yeah!
One year ago today Monte released The Power Of 3 album of his own songs. To celebrate the anniversary, three new music videos have been released! “Delusions of Grandeur,” “Away from Here,” and “Missing,” are online now in the youtube playlist HERE. “Delusions of Grandeur” was shot at the end of 2014 with bassist Max Whipple and drummer Scott Fuller with director Vince Edwards. “Away from Here” was shot by Brad Jurjens and AJ Satsangi, and “Missing” was shot live at the Whisky a Go Go by Brad Jurjens and Ian Shea. The tunes are thrashy, powerful and charge forth like metallic metal horses.
I love Monte. And now I’m gonna talk Prong for a sec. While classic Raven-era rules, Monte’s time in Prong is still among my favorites…And I love the new post-Monte Prong line up with my old Woodstock/L.A. friend Jason Christopher (New Dead Radio, Slimy Penis Breath, Black President, Stone Sour) as well. Monte is more on his own trip and a band leader or lead guitarist type, whereas Jason is the perfect support man on bass to keep Tommy Victor inspired and amped up. Trust me.
Tangent…I tuned in to Metal Sucks podcast they other day cuz they had Jean Paul from Clutch on who is one of my very favorite drummers. They also were discussing Prong. Metal Sucks got it wrong the other day when they said Prong have maybe run out of ideas and so are doing a covers record. That bummed me out. Yeah, they picked Bad Brains, Husker Du, Black Flag and more for the up coming Songs From The Black Hole. Jason is old friends with Dr. Know and Daryl J. of Bad Brains from the Upstate, NY scene with me, the Coheed and Three guys and my old band mates in Divest . Tommy Victor showing Husker Du and other influences stems from Victor’s CBGB’s days and love of many styles, I’d wager. This has always made Prong’s odd alternative chords and ferocious guitar parts miles above the majority of the pack and why Nirvana should’ve not teased Jason Everman for liking Prong. And the last two Prong records and live album slew ( especially Carved Into Stone) and the Pittman-era Power Of The Damager RULES!
Anyway, Monte Pittman is a class dude and his own stuff reflects a wide ranging musical palette. So check out these Monte babies and keep watchin’ til your eyeballs fall out and land on a fork.
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Seriously…just watch this concert. Besides (ironically) Guns N Roses at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, this is still my favorite live concert. I must have watched a bootleg VHS of this hundreds of times growing up and “Scentless Apprentice” is still the most monstrous squall to make a dent in the larger pop culture’s ever shifting bullshit hive mind. His lyrics were deeper and more poetic than much of what has come since, from “Been A Son” to the bizarre “Milk It”. And have you heard “Hairspray Queen” recently? Talk about anarchic sounds! There will never be another Nirvana…and that kinda sucks.
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Taylor was on hand at the Zakk Wylde roast (?) and commented on the project, which is focused around a very famous mixing board.
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According to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Nirvana fans on Facebook have been banding together to ask its surviving members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to play either a one-off show or a full-scale tour with a replacement of their late singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain. The fans have been suggesting Wes Scantlin (Puddle of Mudd), Brett Scallions (Fuel) and Ryan McCombs (Soil and Drowning Pool) as possible replacements for Cobain, although they claim that there might be a singer/guitarist whoh as “a singing voice that sounds like Kurt or someone who plays left handed like him”.
While there has been no official word on the reunion, the Facebook page also claims that rumors of a Nirvana reunion have been floating around for a while and that NCA – a Russian concert agency – has booked at least two reunion shows for them in Russia, one in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg, but no date or venue for either shows has been announced. That website asks fans to vote for the shows by clicking “+1” and if either or both shows get 10,000 votes, they might consider booking them.
Nirvana broke up immediately after Kurt Cobain killed himself in his Seattle home in April 1994.Add to My Radar