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Indecent Exposure: Bobaflex

Monday, Feb, 29 2016

Off the new album Anything That Moves it's Bobaflex with "A Spider In The Dark"!

Catch these guys opening up Saturday July 16th at ROCK USA. Tickets available through the Events section!!!

Let us know how you feel in the comments below! #Razorlove if you dug it! #Razorhate if you didn't!!

posted by: BallZach

Stephen Carpenter Unhappy With "Gore"?

Wednesday, Feb, 24 2016

That's Stephen Carpenter. He plays guitar in a band you might have heard of called Deftones. 

Now we are all aware that Deftones have an album coming out on April 8th of this year. It's called "Gore". We've been spinning lead single "Prayers/Triangles" since we recieved it from the band.

A little background, first. I LOVE DEFTONES. White Pony came at a very pivotal time for me sonically. It redefined what it meant to be "heavy". Heavy didn't have to be speed, or level of loud, anymore. Heavy could mean SPACE and it could mean DYNAMICS. That concept blew my mind and I wound up finding whole new avenues of music because of it. A considerable amount of that can be laid at the feet of the guitar playing of Stephen Carpenter. 

Initially, I was not a HUGE fan of "Prayers/Triangles". It just didn't really seem like the song I would have picked for a single and to be honest, I was expecting a much heavier sound than the one that I got. Now, after a couple of spins, the song has definitely grown on me and I can see it for the logical extension of the band's sound that it is. 

Apparently, I'm not the only one who wasn't a fan right away of this song. Stephen Carpenter, in an interview with Ultimate Guitar, also shared his trepidation about the song and rest of the new material for "Gore". 

When asked what he was proud of contributing to the new album, Carpenter had a hard time answering admitting finally that he"...didn't want play on the album to begin with." and that it wasn't until "..way later that (Carpenter) actually got into it." 

He goes on in the interview to say that he is really into all the new metal being played right now, especially the emerging "genre" of Djent. 

Carpenter also drops the hair-rasing line that his band is "...going in one direction and he is going in another."

Could this mean that Stephen Carpenter is considering an exit from Deftones?
What do you think? 
Let me know in the comments below!!!

Here's the full interview: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/deftones_guitarist_and_co-founder_stephen_carpenter_talks_to_ug_i_didnt_want_to_play_on_the_new_record.html

posted by: BallZach

And The New Suicidal Tendencies Drummer Is....

Sunday, Feb, 21 2016

Suicidal Tendencies are set to kickoff a tour as support for Megadeth starting on February 26 in Las Vegas. Bringing their own brand of thrash to fans, the tour is set to cross mostly the Nothern U.S.  with even a small leg going through Canada. 

The surprise, however, was who Suicidal Tendencies has decided to include behind the kit on this string of dates: None other that ex-Slayer beatmaster Dave Lombardo. 

That's right, the man who played on some of Slayer's most pivotal records such as Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven and Show No Mercy, will be plying his skills for Suicidal Tendencies! 

Sucidal Tendencies just dropped their latest album "13". It's the first Suicidal Tendencies album in thirteen years and was produced by vocalist Mike Muir. 

Lombardo is also a member of punk outfit Dead Cross who were also recently in the studio!

Keep your eyes peeled for tickets! You do not want to miss this tour!!

The original article can be found here: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dave-lombardo-to-play-drums-for-suicidal-tendencies-on-megadeth-tour/

posted by: BallZach

William Duvall named as vocalist for Mastodon/Dillinger Supergroup!

Monday, Feb, 15 2016

So we've been hering for sometime that there is a new supergroup in the works. It's called Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. 

Now I know what you're thinking. "BallZach, who in the world would come up with such a ridiculous name for a supergroup?"

Well I'm glad you asked because it is none other than Brent Hinds from Mastodon and Ben Weiman from The Dillinger Escape Plan.

That's right, two of the craziest, most out their personalities in the business are bringing you a band titled Giraffe Tongue Orchestra!!!! I"M STOKED. Dillinger and Mastodon are my two favorite bands, so them having a baby is quite literally music to my ears. 

Now for a long time, based on a random Instagram post and fueled by speculation from the metal journalism community, actress Juliette Lewis was thought to be the voice behind GTO. However, in an interview with MetalSucks, Ben Weiman stated that she only ended up guesting on a song. 

The actual vocalist, according to Ben Weiman and the title of this post, is none other than Alice In Chains front-man William Duvall. Duvall, who had been guesting on Jerry Cantrell's solo stuff for a long time, was brought into AIC to replace the late,great Layne Staley and fuel the comeback the band had following the release of Black Gives Way To Blue. 

Personally, I'm excited to see what Duvall can do with this new project because I don't think he's been given much of a chance to branch out as an artist. He had some pretty big shoes to fill in AIC and was always meant to bring that vocal harmony with Jerry Cantrell that Cantrell and Staley made famous. I'm hoping he's given more creative freedom and from the sounds of the interview that Weiman did with MetalSucks, that may just be the case.

Check the interview out here: http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/02/15/william-duvall-of-alice-in-chains-is-the-vocalist-for-giraffe-tongue-orchestra-mastodon-dillinger-escape-plan/

posted by: BallZach

Mike Marks: Recovery And Help

Saturday, Feb, 6 2016

Unfortunately, this is not the light-hearted and fun post that I usually like to make.

If you've been to the west-side Blackstone in Green Bay or a local show at Gasoline, Crunch Frog or the Lyric Room, chances are that you know Mike Marks. 

Mike worked security at these establishments and was THE regular at Blackstone. There was many a druken night I spend talking about bands and joking around with Mike. 

Unbeknownst to me, Mike suffers from Epilepsy and on the early hours of Monday morning February 1st, 2016, MIke suffered an epileptic seizure. It happened outside of Gasoline and unfortunately, Mike was alone. The seizure brough him down onto concrete and caused Mike to suffer a rather greivous head injury that resulted in Mike becoming paralyzed from the neck down. Now, despite the horror of waking up to find out that you're paralyzed, Mike is a fighter and is already working on physical therapy to get back his mobility and feeling.

Mike doesn't have a lot as most of us in the scene in Green Bay do not, but we take care of our own. A GoFundMe page has been set up and I'm asking anyone and everyone whether you know Mike or not, even if you're from Green Bay or not, even if you like local music or great greasy food, please donate whatever you can. I can't think of anyone in the world that is more deserving our help right now than Mike. 

Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/MikeMarks

Again, donate whatever you can. We take care of our own in this scene and I know if it was me in this situation, Mike would do everything he could possibly think of to make sure I was taken care of. 

I will also update this blog as developments on Mikes condition, further fundrasing opportunities or anything else relevant comes to light. Thank you for your time, your love and your donations. Mike greatly appreciates it and so do I and everyone who is involved with local music in Green Bay. 

posted by: BallZach