Friday, Apr, 28 2017
Photo cred: https://www.facebook.com/Mastodon/
For those of you that live under a rock, Mastodon is my favorite band. Ever since turning on "Leviathan" for the first time, I have been hooked.
Well, the world is beginning to catch up to what the metal community already understood: MASTODON ****ING ROCKS!
They have been given the honorof headling Metal Hammers Golden Gods with Orange Amplification Awards show. To translate: THEY ARE HEADLINING THE GOLEN GODS awards ceremony. That is awesome and being on the hardest working bands in metal right now, Mastodon deserve this spot.
The awards show is on Monday, June 12th at IndigO2 in London, England. It will feature bands such as Avatar and Clutch and be hosted by Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho!
If you haven't checked out Mastodon's new album Emperor of Sand yet, stop what you are doing and go to your local record store right now!
Here is the single "Show Yourself"!
Here is the link to the original article:
posted by: BallZach
Thursday, Apr, 27 2017
SOURCE: Frog Leap Studios
posted by: BallZach
Friday, Feb, 17 2017
I've always been a fan of the mystery that surrounds bands like Ghost. Who are they? What are they going to do next?
I think Metal should always be dark, and Metal should always have mystery. That's what makes it what it is.
During an interview with Metal Wani, A Nameless Ghoul (who Metal Injection outed as Tobias Forge) talked about the new album that Ghost is putting out. That album is rumored to be called "Drenched In Death". Here is what the Nameless Ghoul had to say:
"The ideas for the new record will be quote-unquote darker, because it's thematically set in a different… in a darker setting. Meliora was supposed to reflect some sort of utopia/dystopia in the modern society, whereas this new one is gonna be a little bit more apocalyptic, a little bit more back to the medieval times, which, obviously, is associated with darkness."
Now that sounds interesting. I enjoyed the bright side of Meliora, however I want to see Ghost go darker. I want apocalyptic. I want evil. I want Satanic. I want METAL.
I hear this arugment often and I'm putting it to rest right here. Ghost is a metal band. If you can't get that through your head, you need to rethink your definition of metal bands. Sure, their last album was poppy and that garnered them both mainstream attention and a grammy, but isn't that a good thing? I mean Papa Emeritus basically wears coprse paint. How much more metal do you want it to be?
Back to the Tobias Forge, according to Metal Injection, is the mastermind of Ghost. He's the one who dresses up as a Nameless Ghoul and does all the interviews, writes all the music and plays Papa Emeritus on stage.
I don't know about that, and I"m not going to speculate any further here.
The other rumor circulating is that if it is Tobias Forge, he has fired all of the other members of Ghost after this last major touring cycle and will be hiring all new members for this upcoming album. Here is the statement:
"It's always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that," he continued. "And, fortunately, we don't have that problem. Because performing GHOST and recording GHOST has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don't have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good.Queens of the Stone Age is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh's [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like Queens of the Stone Age, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation."
Well...I"m not sure if that confirms that rumor or not. Hmm.....
Here's the full story from Metal Injection:
posted by: BallZach
Tuesday, Jan, 17 2017
HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC.
#2: Chevelle-The North Corridor
I haven’t actually been in the professional music business all that long, but one thing I’ve come to learn is the need to please a listening audience. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, so to speak. As a band, you are better served to appeal to as many people as humanly possible. As with any action, this has consequences. Often times you find that a band, in order to appeal on a more massive level, softens their sound. They drop using harsh vocals and a reliance on double-kick. This inevitably leads to long-time fans of that more aggressive sound to accuse the band of “selling-out”. While those arguments do have ground to stand on, I don’t necessarily rely on them when judging a record. For instance, Mastodon has gotten softer and more commercial for each record and they are my favorite band. So, take that argument with a grain of salt each time you hear it come up.
How does this relate to Chevelle? If you’re not asking yourself that question at this point, I am wondering why you are reading this blog. Well here it is:
Chevelle took that argument (that a band should become softer to have more mass appeal) and threw it right out the damn window!
Instead of becoming softer, they went harder without sacrificing any of the catchy song-writing and groove that has become a trade-mark for their music. I literally cannot listen to this album while I drive. It forces me to headbang to the point that I become a danger to the other drivers on the road (nothing new there, though). The grooves are undeniable. Each song could be a radio single, in my (humble, inexperienced, rookie-of-every-year) opinion. The tone is unbelievable. The bass is HUGE (or YUGE, depending on your voting preferences) and the distortion used to provide the grinding effect found on opening track “Door To Door Cannibals” is enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck. Luckily for me and for you that effect keeps showing up, especially used in “Warhol’s Showbiz”. Pete’s voice and lyrical choice are a step above what they were on the last release and don’t disappoint throughout the entire album. He delivers the pained, deeply emotional performance that I’ve come to expect. The band itself is a cut above. The bass lines on this album are just phenomenal. The mix really brings them out and drives through your chest like a wooden stake. The drumming is bombastic and varied enough that it plays off of each bassline and finds itself lodged squarely in your head.
Usually, I give you three songs from the record as a “taste”. With this one (as well as #1) the album was just too damn good all the way through so here is the full album on Youtube.
THERE YOU HAVE IT! #2: CHEVELLE-THE NORTH CORRIDOR!
Miss #3? Find it here!