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Indecent Exposure: Volbeat "Seal The Deal"

Monday, Aug, 29 2016

Here is the latest off of "Seal The Deal And Let's Boogie" from Volbeat. You showing it #razorlove or #razorhate?

posted by: BallZach

Local Edge Video: Beyond Atlas

Sunday, Aug, 28 2016

On Sunday, Wausau metallers Beyond Atlas released the video for their single "Ghosts You Know". The video was directed by my friend Peter Doucette. Seriously, if you're reading this and you're in a band looking to do a music video, get ahold of Pete. He's the best in the business hands down. You can see that below. 

"Ghosts You Know" is on the new EP from Beyond Atlas titled "Pardon The Messenger".

Here's the video:

If you dug that head on over and give these dudes some attention:

posted by: BallZach

Deftones "Gore"

Sunday, Apr, 10 2016

The new Deftones album "Gore" dropped last Friday. Here are my thoughts on the latest release!

So, initially, I wasn't exactly thrilled when I first heard lead single "Prayers/Triangles". I was expecting a heavier single. I am firmly a part of the camp that thinks Stephen Carpenters guitar parts should be loud and crunching for at least 60% of the time. However, the more that I listened to the song, the more it grew on me. It offers a decent snapshot in what the entire album has to offer.

During the recording process, rumors swirled that Stephen Carpenter felt the exact same way that I did. He wasn't happy with the material that was being written for the new album, and the rumor mill began spitting out the idea that he was thinking of leaving the band. Now, be real. Stephen Carpenter is not leaving Deftones anytime soon and that's the last I'm going to say about that particular subject in this review. However, I can see where he was coming from to a certain extent.

"Gore" marries the two things that make Deftones one of the top bands in the industry right now. Those two things are the ethereal, dream-like and emotional quality of the presentation of Chino Moreno's vocals, and the mind-bending metal riffing that Carpenter is famous for.  "Prayers/Triangles" does a welcoming job as an opener showing that these two warring forces that shoul oppose one another can be fitted together to make a sound that is both pleasant and uncomfortable, both driving and lulling and both combative and reactive. 

The hardest song sonically, by far, is "Doomed User". It's got the hook that I was looking for when I first listened to "Prayers/Triangles".  In my opinion, this is some of the best Carpenter has played in his career. The listener can almost feel the tension between the two leaders of the band on this track. The energy is at all times threatening to break and spill over and spiral out to chaos. yet, it never does. It blends perfectly drawing you into the songs that follow. 

Especially, the very next track "Geometric Headdress". This song is in currently contending for my favorite song on this entire record. We have the classic distorted Chino agressive vocals on this particular track and it works greatly to contrast the swirling and churning vocal presentaion found during the main verse of the tune. The discordant notes that Carpenter churns out to match the swirl are a simple yet perfect accentuation to keep the listener feeling like they can't get too comfortable and lulled by Chino. 

One can definitely hear the influence Chino is brining to the table after having experimented with electronic side projects such as Palms and Crosses. As a huge fan of Crosses, I think this is a good thing. Deftones have always been a band that has had a "thick" sound. Layers on top of layers and this is no different. One of the first things that drew me to this band is that they can be "heavy" without being HEAVY. A great example of this can be found on the track "Hearts/Wires". This is second single material if I ever saw it. With a great, catchy riff from Carpenter, Chino does what Chino does and draws us into a song specifically set on the subject of heartbreak, whether romantic or not. 

Finally, the song on the album that has captured my heart and is currently placed as my favorite track on the album "(L) MIRL". I love the recorded underwater feeling that the effects on this tune have. It's one of the darkest songs on the records. Clearly about the loss of a loved one whether through a breakup or death, Chino has had enough of the pain and contemplates taking his own life. This is PURE Deftones from the ground up. The churning bass line, the accentuated guitar, the hook that Chino delivers blend to draw you straight into a chorus that is impossible to get out of your head once you've heard it. This is definitely going to be a fan favorite and a live favorite. If nothing else, pick the album up for this song alone. 

There you have it. My thoughts on "Gore". I've loved everything this band has ever done and this is no different. Get out there and pick this one up. You can't go wrong with a masterpiece like this album!

posted by: BallZach

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