As I stated in this article, I’m not the biggest fan of grunge rockers Nirvana. But I do love it when someone takes a song and gives it their own spin. Well, if it’s done right, of course.
This is a time when a cover is done right. Multi-instrumentalist/singer Kawehi has posted a cover of the classic Nirvana track “Heart-Shaped Box” where she performs all the parts through a looper, creating a full bodied track that is immediately identifiable yet unique and refreshing. I wholly recommend going down below to check it out (along with her cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Closer”).
You can provide some last-minute support to her crowd sourcing effort here. READ MORE
Last week, the trailer for the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller-directed Sin City: A Dame To Kill For premiered and sent fans of the original into a frenzy. After all, it’s been nine years since the original film hit the silver screen to critical and commercial success, so the wait has been rather palpable.
With the release of the sequel’s trailer, many people were wondering about the music that accompanied the visuals. Well, I’m here to help you out and provide the answer to your dilemma. The track is “Can’t Kill Us” by EDM group The Glitch Mob and can be found on their latest album Love Death Immortality. Head on below to hear the full track. READ MORE
Noise punk rockers The Death Set have released an official music video for their track “Soar Away”, which comes from the King Babies EP (order here). The video stars Zak Zeman, who was the producer on such horror films as V/H/S, V/H/S/2, A Horrible Way To Die, The Aggression Scale, and Under The Bed. Also in the video are Whitney Moore (Birdemic), David Rispoli (the goblin in Nekrogoblikon‘s “No One Survives”), and more. There’s also a guest appearance from EDM artist Steve Aoki, so be sure to keep an eye out for him!
Directed by Brandon Dermer (“No One Survives”), the video follows a beautiful pizza delivery girl through the highs and lows of her day. It’s only when she meets a humanoid that resembles Pizza The Hutt (before he let himself go) that she finds true happiness. Check it out below! READ MORE
Remember the original Friday The 13th and how (SPOILER ALERT) it was actually Jason’s mother that was behind everything? We didn’t get our famed masked killer until Friday The 13th Part 2, the machete-wielding bastard that we’ve all come to know and love! But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t get a taste of Jason and his hideous visage until that movie. Oh no, we have actor Ari Lehman to thank for bringing us the beginnings of horror’s most prolific mass murderer! He was the Jason that burst out of the lake and pulled Alice into the cold, dark, murky waters of Camp Crystal Lake.
But what many of you might not know (and myself included until very recently) is that Ari Lehman has a band that is themed around Jason Voorhees! Aptly named First Jason, it is described as metal/horror rock and Lehman plays a badass keytar that is built from a large machete! Seriously, it’s one of the most metal instruments I’ve ever seen.
Head on below to check out their track “Into The Storm”, their video for “Jason’s Bride”, and to see their cover of Heed My Warning. Also, make sure to pick up your copy of Heed My Warning through First Jason‘s website. READ MORE
In this haunting track released by Blizzard after a recent Q&A, we get an aural taste of one of Diablo III’s new environments that will be introduced in its upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion, dubbed the Blood Marsh. It’s equal parts creepy and beautiful, and it’s very much something I’d like to add to my video game music playlist, alongside everything Akira Yamaoka.
As the headline so eloquently puts it, today marks the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails‘ classic album The Downward Spiral. This album is widely considered the group’s finest release, with such incredible tracks as “Closer”, “Hurt”, and “March Of The Pigs”.
It also featured some notable personnel, including Chris Vrenna (Tweaker, composer of American McGee’s Alice), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Charlie Clouser (composer of Saw), Danny Lohner (Renholdër), and more.
Upon release the album was a critical success, reaching number two on the US Billboard 200 and going on to achieve multiple platinum status. I personally own the deluxe 2xLP vinyl and it’s a joy to put on.
Let’s celebrate this album by you telling me your favorite Nine Inch Nails song (from any album) in the comments below! READ MORE
It’s Friday and spring is hopefully right around the corner. I guess that’s why I’m feeling like I need a bit more nature in my life. Y’know, trees that have leaves on them. Grass that I can actually see (damn snow) and walk on. Wildlife not shivering their tails off. That kinda stuff! Then I can walk around without 12 layers of clothing. I can breathe through my nose without the condensation freezing (no joke, that’s happened many times this winter). I can walk around my neighborhood without slipping and breaking my ass at every possible turn.
What I don’t plan on doing is taking nature and sniffing it like a drug. I also don’t plan on taking randomly found mushrooms and using them to turn into a burly, sun-murdering lumberjack. But that’s precisely what Mastodon are up to in their “Curl Of The Burl” music video, which is this week’s “Twisted Music Video Of The Week”!
Head on down to check it out! READ MORE
Southern metal band Anti-Mortem is gearing up for the release of their upcoming debut album New Southern, which hits streets on April 29th via Nuclear Blast Records. To celebrate this upcoming release, the band has premiered the album artwork, which was done by Brent Elliott White (Job For A Cowboy, Trivium). The artwork depicts Death riding a skeletal horse while holding a scythe crafted from bone riding towards two Civil War soldiers. It’s pretty badass.
Head on down to see the album art, the band’s video for “100% Pure American Rage”, and their tour dates where they will be supporting Texas Hippie Coalition. READ MORE
In a video post on their Instagram page, Nine Inch Nails seem to be announcing that new tour dates will be scheduled and revealed. The video shows the classic NIN logo followed by flashes of locations around the world, which suggest that the Asia/Australia/Latin America/Europe tour mentioned on their Facebook cover photo will be getting dates soon. The band will be touring in support of last year’s Hesitation Marks.
You can watch a near 80 minute live performance of NIN from last year’s “Tension” tour below. READ MORE
While many horror movies have incredible scores that resonate and vibrate our very bones every time we hear them, sometimes you want to know exactly how a horror villain is going to destroy his/her/its prey in the most metal way possible. That thought process also crossed the minds of Australian industrial metal band Our Last Enemy and they’ve been kind enough to whip up some suggestions exclusively for us! So head on down to check out their “10 Songs That Should Be Horror Movie Villain Themes”!
Make sure to pre-order their new album Pariah, which drops next Tuesday from Eclipse Records, via iTunes. READ MORE
CVLT Nation, celebrating their third anniversary week, has premiered their second covers compilation in their The CVLT Nation Sessions series. This time they’ve tackled Black Sabbath‘s infamous album Master Of Reality and have gotten some major bands to do take the original tracks and give them a fresh yet faithful spin. The free download includes such artists as Graves At Sea, Cult Of Occult, Rorcal, and more.
Below you can listen to the album and also snag your free download. READ MORE
According to CraveOnline, guitarist Adam Jones of progressive rock/metal band Tool was speaking with a meet-and-greet fan before the band’s Portland, OR show and stated that the new album, the follow up to 2006′s 10,000 Days, is 100% complete and will be released this year. Aside from some talk about strange time signatures, that was the most he was willing to give.
Tool has been known to be pretty good about misdirecting people when it comes to album release dates. One member will say one thing and another will refute it only to say something completely different. So, let’s not get too excited just yet, shall we?
That being said, I seriously hope this is true. READ MORE
Valencia, Spain black metal band Noctem have released a NSFW music video for “Eidolon”, which comes from their newly released album Exilium. The video was directed by Henry Menacho and follows a rather erotic yet ultimately nefarious orgy.
It is labelled NSFW due to nudity, so don’t get caught watching this! Better yet, save it for home when no one can judge you but yourself!
Check it out down yonder. READ MORE
Mr. Disgusting has recently turned me on to NWOBHM/thrash metal band Satan, who may not be the most well known act but are certainly considered one of the more influential acts for the genre. Basically, if you’re a fan of old school Metallica (as in Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning) with elements of King Diamond, this is right up your alley!
Originally formed in 1979 in Newcastle, England, the band has gone through some serious name and label changes, which probably made it quite difficult to keep up with them and their releases. Hell, they started as Satan for their first album, went by the name of Blind Fury for their second album Out Of Reach, went back to Satan for Suspended Sentence, and then became Pariah for their next three albums. Then, last year, they released a new album under their original moniker. WHEW! I’m out of breath.
Below you can listen “Trial By Fire”, a track from their 1983 debut album Court In The Act, and then compare it to “Time To Die”, a track from their 2013 album Life Sentence, which was their first new album in 15 years. READ MORE
Electornic rockers Linkin Park have released a stream of “Guilty All The Same”, the first single from their upcoming as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, which is the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things. The track was premiered through Shazam and features rapper Rakim. To listen to the track, simply tag any Linkin Park song in Shazam and you’ll get the option to check it out.
The band states, “Millions of people use Shazam everyday to gain an understanding of the music they hear in their own lives, including us. The idea of a musically engaged community hearing our brand new single “Guilty All The Same” (feat. Rakim) early, was extremely exciting to us.”
Linkin Park also just announced a tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. Click here for tour dates. READ MORE
As promised, we’ve got the third tour webisode from rockers Eve To Adam, who will be hitting the road in just a few weeks alongside Italian melodic rockers Lacuna Coil! In this video, the band is celebrating their Eugene, OR performance with shots of Fireball.
Speaking of Fireball, TJ and I have found that if you take a big swig out of a Woodchuck Hard Cider and replace that swig with a shot of Fireball, it tastes absolutely delicious AND gets you hammered just that little bit faster. There’s your pro-tip for this weekend.
Make sure you pick up the band’s new album Locked & Loaded via iTunes or Amazon. READ MORE
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Devin Townsend. The man is not only a genius songwriter and a brilliant guitar player but he’s also one of the nicest and most genuine guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing. He’s really something out of this world and the day that he stops making music is going to be a truly devastating day for the industry.
But let’s not think morosely here, shall we? Instead, let’s celebrate just how awesome Townsend is with a new video that was posted by EMGpickupsTV that shows the crazed musician playing through a nearly 11 minute medley entitled “Willy Wanka”. It’s super enjoyable to watch simply because of how dynamic the piece is. It goes from ambient beauty with lush reverbs and spacious delays to crunchy distorted madness and back again. And what’s even better is that it’s 100% obvious how much Townsend is enjoying himself. He performs for the camera, he smiles along with the music, he not only taps his feet but moves his whole body to the music. This is a man who has given himself entirely into what he does and it’s inspiring.
Go on below. Give it a watch. If you haven’t checked out Devin and his work before, let today be the start of an amazing journey for you. READ MORE
Japanese alt-metal band Dir En Grey have released a trailer for their upcoming live Blu/DVD Tour13 Ghoul. This will be the band’s 4th live concert DVD and will be released April 23.
The description reads, It has been 15 years since Dir En Grey made their spectacular debut, and they are still continuing to progress. Dir En Grey has just announced their fourth video documentary, TOUR13 GHOUL, with footage that documents Dir En Grey face to face with reality, will be released on April 23, 2014. It features their domestic headlining tour beginning at Yokohama Blitz on September 18, 2013, where Kyo revealed his self-created, skull-like make-up that gave him the appearance of a ghoul starved for human flesh. The tour’s stage production invited audiences into the world of Dir En Grey, while the band followed their instincts and laid themselves bare for the crowds. The documentary also includes their month-long American tour, from the fatal shooting at LAX on November 1 for which Dir En Grey were present, to the looming possibility of cancelling shows due to a tour bus breakdown. The three months of filming captures on video anxiety about their new challenges, unimaginable realities, and a ray of hope at the end of hardship. Why take the stage? – This is the film that documents the five members who repeatedly ponder this unanswerable question and fight their way through difficulty. Don’t miss their words and feelings from the inside.
I’m a fan of this band and really enjoyed their last album, Dum Spiro Spero, so I’ll be keep on checking this out. You can watch the trailer below. READ MORE
If you haven’t checked out German progressive rock band RPWL, I highly recommend giving them a listen. They hearken back to the days of Pink Floyd, Kansas, Yes, etc… Y’know, that classic era of prog that is remembered so fondly?
The reason I reminisce so much is because it feels like guitarist Kalle Wallner took that feeling I get from RPWL and created a Top 5 Horror Movies list from it. The films he’s chosen are throwbacks to some of the great classics, movies that inspired and influenced countless others that followed them. For those of you who are fans of older horror, this is the perfect list for you! Check it out below.
Make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Wanted right here. READ MORE
Remember Ricky from Sleepaway Camp? Well, the actor who portrayed him, Jonathan Tiersten, is all grown up and has just released a music video for his track “The Princess”, which was Directed by Mel Haynes, Jr. The song comes from Tiersten’s upcoming album Family.
Haynes Jr on working with Jonathan Tiersten and directing “The Princess”: “We met at JTs house and sat in his kitchen for a while and just talked about a bunch of random things while I played with his dogs. It was a great moment for me because I got to know him better and what a cool guy he was. He was no longer the actor from Sleepaway Camp and other movies and was now someone I felt a friendship with. That completed the image I needed to get the theme of the video. I finally knew the man behind the music, which is what I needed to capture the essence of the video.” READ MORE
Last week, Fine Fine Titans vocalist Jennifer Bartlett shared with us her Top 5 Women In Horror list. It’s a fantastic list as it named women that aren’t the standard, go-to, mainstream choices, such as Jamie Lee Curtis or Danielle Harris. It’s the list of a true horror fan, one who watches more than the famous titles and digs deeper into the underbelly of our beloved genre.
Now we get to see Jennifer as a representative of her own craft, a fierce frontwoman of a post-hardcore band that aims to grip you by the throat and make sure you don’t leave without some bruises that’ll require a lot of explanation the next day.
To that end, we’re bringing you the exclusive music video premiere of the band’s latest single “Dance Of The Omega”, which was edited, produced, and directed by Three Goats Moving Pictures. The video mixes performance footage with a strange, animal costume filled surreal journey. Give it a view down below and make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for their upcoming Omega EP! READ MORE
Swedish metal band The Haunted have issued a studio update as they are in the midst of recording their 8th studio album, which will be the follow up to 2011′s Unseen. The band is recording this with their revamped band line-up, featuring founding members Jonas Björler (Bass) and Jensen (Guitars), returning members Adrian Erlandsson (Drums) and Marco Aro (Vocals), and the newest member Ola Englund (Guitars).
The as-yet-untitled album will be produced by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, Sick Of It All). The album is tentatively scheduled for release late this summer.
Make sure to check out our review of the band’s latest EP, Eye Of The Storm, right here. READ MORE
Paul D’Amour, the original bassist for progressive rock/metal band Tool, seemed like he was out of the game for a while after his departure before Aenima‘s release. However, he resurfaced in 2012 with the fantastic Feersum Ennjin self-titled debut, which is an album you definitely need to check out if you haven’t heard it.
Now D’Amour is back with a new project called Lesser Key, which also features Andrew Zamudio, Brett Fanger, and Justin Hanson. The band will be releasing their debut EP on April 1st via Sumerian Records. It was produced by Sylvia Massy, who has worked with System Of A Down, Johnny Cash, and, fittingly enough, Tool. Below is a teaser clip of several songs from the EP.
You can pre-order the EP in various packages here. READ MORE
One of the many amazing reissues that One Way Static Records has coming up is the 1981 film Cannibal Ferox (aka Make Them Die Slowly), which was directed by Umberto Lenzi and banned in 31 countries upon release for being one of the most violent films of its time. The music was composed by Roberto Donati, who was credited as Budy Maglione, and the remastered reissue will be released April 28th on vinyl and cassette.
One Way Static has made three of the tracks available for streaming, so head on down to give them a listen! Just make sure you’re not suddenly taken over by the urge to eat your neighbor… READ MORE