Not many albums can serve as revelation and entertainment, teacher and confidante, mystical portal and emotional rescue, yet Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations manages all this and more. Massachusetts dwelling synthesizer magic-user Jenn Taiga charts course for one of the most highly memorable musical destinations of 2021, and by that I mean the album is a world unto itself. Light and dark, welcoming and inhospitable...sometimes in the same song. A deep meditation and major statement. Fave track: "Braziers are Burning" Tridroid has the cassette version HERE.
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Hi everyone. Been super busy so sorry about late post but haven’t had a chance until now. Monday we only posted about Vinnie Paul and were processing the tragic news, but the week is now in full effect and not bringing a lot better. Trump’s stolen SCOTUS seat is going to destroy the country with barbaric Christo-fascist rulings against women and Muslims and Dems need to step the fuck up pronto and stop worrying about civility in a time of serious constitutional crisis. I’ve been exhausted from society collapsing and working to pay bills, but here is some rock news late into your Tuesday.
TW: Assault, Rape.
Maynard James Keenan and Dean DeLeo of Tool/APC and Stone Temple Pilots have both faced some very serious allegations over the last few days. Toilet Ov Hell has the most comprehensive piece thus far on the Maynard story which you can read HERE. MetalSucks details Dean DeLeo accusations HERE. Please for the love of God do not harass the people coming forward or let your love of the music of these people prevent you from considering the negative experiences of potential trauma survivors. These are human beings and deserve love and consideration rather than to be bullied because you like the band(s) they are calling out. There is no way to heal wounds by compounding pain through further darkness.
It all makes me wonder, as the negative STP press was always slanted that Weiland was the problematic one in band for his addiction struggles but “Sex Type Thing” was actually about an ex of his getting gang raped and the emotional hell of it all. Maybe he compartmentalized a lot. I feel like he would be really devastated by this news about a band mate.
Let’s sincerely hope there is closure here and the right karmic justice outcome for anyone involved in these events.
In musical news that isn’t horrible, Season of Mist has released VOYAGER‘s fourth and fifth albums, ‘The Meaning of I’ and ‘V’ respectively, on June 22. ‘V’ was the band’s international breakthrough recording, and cited as “wondrous and spellbinding on merit alone, they’re worth talking about” by Blabbermouth. “V” is the follow up to ‘The Meaning of I’ (2011), which was hailed as, “A triumph of progressive, yet accessible writing and stellar musicianship, this album blows me away and earns the first perfect score of 2011. This is the ideal album to blast as you secretly build your space/time disruption device or interocitor and all lovers of melodic, proggy metal must give this a try (as well as their last album). This is the meaning of kick ass!” (Angry Metal Guy). Both albums are streaming here.
VOYAGER have toured the world outside North America extensively, as both a headliner and support to the likes of DEFTONES, COHEED & CAMBRIA, OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, and KARNIVOOL among others. These tours have included festival performances at such festivals as Bloodstock (UK), Prog in the Park (UK), Tech Fest (UK), ProgPower (EU), EuroBlast (DE), Evoken Fest (JP), and more.
VOYAGER have announced as the headliner for the first night of Progpower USA XIX in September. Progpower USA is the longest-running and most influential festival of its kind in North America.
The band will also bring their live show to the UK, Japan, and Mexico in the coming months. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Hope you all have a better week as it goes on. Everything mostly sucks right now but we have to keep our candles lit inside.Add to My Radar
Hey gang. Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle and Alice In Chains cap off the rock solid lineup for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin, just outside the Twin Cities. We decided to compile a little list today of the three sets we are most excited for at the event.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle said, “Looking forward to playing material from the new A Perfect Circle release at Northern Invasion. Bringing new songs to life in a live setting is always exciting.”
Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots commented, “Stone Temple Pilots are beyond thrilled to be playing Northern Invasion 2018. We are back! It’s going to be a killer weekend of great music—great fun.”
“We spent a lot of time listening to our loyal Invasion fan base over these last several months to create a lineup that celebrates some of the rock legends along with delivering on our reputation for inviting the hottest up-and-comers in the genre,” said Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Northern Invasion. “Having heroes like Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots matched with new sensations like Parkway Drive, Black Veil Brides, and Red Sun Rising, I think the fans will respond well. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”
Check out our bands to watch at Northern Invasion short list BELOW.Add to My Radar
Core was the first cd my pops ever bought me. RIP Scott. Fuckin’ drag. I still respect dude for how Purple made all the indie rockers begrudgingly admit that STP was fuckin’ cool. The story is developing and I think TMZ Broke it. I saw it first on Mitchell Sunderland‘s Twitter feed.
Really glad I haven’t done heroin since 1998, if that’s what the cause was…though I feel morbid speculating. Hope he went out smellin’ like a rose and is dancin’ like a maniac up to the pearly gates.
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Led Zeppelin are preparing new editions of my fave two Zep albums , IV and Houses Of The Holy, for release on Oct. 28th. Lest ye think you have heard everything you need to from Zep over many years of hearing them on classic rock radio, go to Rolling Stone and listen to this version of “Black Dog” HERE. You’ll thank me.
Now if only 3 Inches of Blood would cover “The Battle Of Evermore” I could make my way back to the Misty Mountains.Add to My Radar
“We’ve committed to taking about a year off,” Lifeson said. “We all agreed when we finished this tour [in early August] we were going to take this time off and we weren’t going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that’s going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That’s the minimum. We haven’t stopped or quit. Right now we’re just relaxing. We’re taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment.”
Fans shouldn’t be worried though. Even though there aren’t concrete plans for a new album, Lifeson said some writing will likely happen in 2014: “We enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn’t doubt that some time in the New Year we’ll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”
He added: “It’s going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We’re so used to it and we’re so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It’s hard to say what the future holds, and it’s just changing so rapidly. It’s always hard to speculate where you’re going to go.”
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Prog legends Rush have released a lyric video for the song “Headlong Flight”off their upcoming album Clockwork Angels. Clockwork Angels is a follow up to the band 2009 effort Snakes and Arrows and is the bands 20th studio album. Clockwork Angels is set for release on June 12, 2012 via Atlantic Records. To get a taste of the new album click here.Add to My Radar
Rush has released details on their upcoming album entitled Clockwork Angels.The album which is going to be released via Anthe and Roadrunner Records is set for release on June 12th of this year. Rush will be kicking off the new album by releasing the single “Headlong Flight,” which will start it’s rotation on rock radio stations on April 19th.
This will be the first time in over 4 years that the band has released new original material. The band is also said to be announcing tour dates in support of the album shortly.
Rush has also announced the full track listing for the album.
See the full track list here.Add to My Radar
Old school rockers Rush will be attending Revolver’s 2012 Golden God Awards and it has been noted that they will be receiving the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony this year. The award show is set to take place in Los Angeles, California at Club Nokia on April 11th. Rush will be joining last year’s winners MÖTLEY CRÜE as recipients of the award.
For more information on tickets and the award show click here.Add to My Radar
Legendary progressive metal band Rush has sent a cease and desist letter to the equally infamous Rush Limbaugh the radio host. Rush Limbaugh in the past has played such Rush ballads as “Bravado” and the “Spirit of the Radio” and whether the band was unaware of the prior usage or due to the radio host’s recent statements they have had their lawyer send a cease and desist letter consisting of the following:
“The use of Rush’s music in this way is an infringement of Rush’s copyrights and trademarks. The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement. There are civil and criminal remedies for copyright infringement, including statutory damages and fines.”
Regardless of political affiliation its cool to see a band paying attention to where and how their music is being used and in this case exercise some control. Its moments like this that keep songs like “Holiday in Cambodia” out of Levi’s commercials.Add to My Radar
Californian metallers, Stone Temple Pilots, have added three new tour dates to their current tour.
The band will be in Brisbane and Newcastle, Australia on March 23, and 24 (respectively) and Auckland, New Zealand March 25.
Tickets go on sale next Friday, Dec 17.
Stone Temple Pilots released their last album back in May, 2010 via Atlantic Records. The self title album marks the bands sixth studio album.Add to My Radar