It’s probably totally sexist to dedicate an entire article to the celebration of a handful of vocalists that are simply going to make this list because they are female. After all, the argument has been made to me endless times that it shouldn’t be about a person’s gender when you judge their music or skill. It should just be about being a damn good vocalist. But let’s be real here, people still find the presence of a woman, especially in a band, as some what of a novelty. The music world is male dominated, and even I will admit, I have a bias when it comes to the expectations I have for female fronted bands. And that’s exactly why these girls rock so much. All of them are talented as hell, and I’m proud to share a set of -ahem- parts with them. Sexism sucks – but these girls don’t. Here are my top 5 female rock vocalists, both historic and modern. READ MORE
Okay, it’s Monday, which took me a while to figure out since Rebecca Black never taught me the days after Sunday. As a result, I wanted to give people a chuckle to start the week. Queue WhoMadeWho and their video for ‘Every Minute Alone‘. I can’t tell you why, but it made me laugh quite heartily. The song comes off their upcoming mini-LP, ‘Knee Deep‘, which comes out April 26th.
Blabbermouth.net is reporting that Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Danzig) has written and submitted a song for The Hangover 2. Director Todd Phillips asked Danzig to record a song for the sequel as he had used the song that Glenn had written for Johnny Cash, ‘Thirteen‘, for the original. The end result is the lead track ‘Black Hell‘.
A few weeks ago, we ran an exclusive track stream for the horrorpunk band Blitzkid, which a ton of you absolutely loved. So, to keep up the hype for this awesome band, we’ve got an exclusive interview with bassist/vocalist Argyle Goolsby. We chat the album release, horrorpunk and horror in general. One thing is for sure, this guy’s love of horror is undeniable. Check it all out after the jump!
All That Remains have released a video for ‘The Last Time‘, which comes off their latest album, ‘For We Are Many‘. The video was shot and directed by Nathan Cox (Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Disturbed). Singer Phil Labonte had this to say: ”I’ve seen some footage and without a doubt this thing looks GREAT! It’s got…some killer acting, and our dumb asses jumping around like mad.”
It’s been one year since Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele unexpectedly passed away. To celebrate his memory, MetalUnderground along with Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Wood studios have put together ‘All For None, None For All‘, a tribute album featuring Type O Negative covers from underground bands all over the world. The entire track list is after the jump as well as information on how to get your copy.
Alright Behemoth fanatics, there’s no need to hoard those rare ‘Conjuration‘ and ‘Slaves Shall Serve‘ EPs anymore. No, seriously, stop clinging them to your chest like they were your children…weirdo. Coming out June 7th (US) is ‘Abyssus Abyssum Invocat‘, a remastered edition of both the EPs mentioned above as well as bonus tracks and new liner notes from Nergal. Check out the official track list after the jump.
Apparently Charlie Sheen is a metalhead. After seeing Asking Alexandria‘s performance on Jimmy Kimmel, he personally extended an offer to the band to be an opening act on the ‘My Violent Torpedo Of Truth Tour‘. Due to prior tour obligations, the band regretfully declined but stated that they “…would like to publicly thank Sheen for this special invite and promise him that the tiger’s blood runs deep in all of them.”
LA based electronic musician Skrillex has teamed up with Munky and Jonathan Davis from Korn for a new track called ‘Get Up‘. The track, courtesy of Some Kind Of Awesome, is after the jump and you have got to hear it! It’s heavy, it’s crazy and it’s something I want to blast while I’m driving near preschools (hey, gotta get them early, right?).
Those of you who weren’t living under a rock saw the trailer for ‘The Social Network‘ probably 8,547 times. The music in the trailer, a cover of Radiohead‘s ‘Creep‘, created a flurry of interest in the artist that did the performance. Turns out that it is a group called Scala & Kolacny Bros., a choir based out of Belgium that consists of 200 16-26 year old girls as well as Steven (piano) and Stijn (conductor) Kolacny. Their covers are sweeping YouTube and Facebook and it’s easy to see why. The songs are beautiful, haunting, ethereal and sublime. Take a few minutes to enjoy their cover of ‘Use Somebody‘ by Kings of Leon after the jump.
In Flames have released the album artwork for their upcoming album ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading‘ as well as the official track listing (after the jump). The album is due to come out June 21st (thanks xreinhartx for the heads up). How many of you are planning on picking it up?
Porcupine Tree is easily in my top three favorite bands. I remember buying ‘In Absentia‘ and playing ‘Trains‘ around 20 times before I went to the next track because it was, and still is, such an amazing and beautiful track. So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a video of 40 YouTube users playing ‘Trains‘ mashed together into one cohesive piece. Just like Eric Whitacre’s YouTube Choir, these people come from all over the world. Enjoy below.
A recent poll conducted by U.K. dating website Tastebuds.fm shows that people who listen to Metallica and Nirvana are far more likely to have sex on the first date, compared to people who listen to Coldplay and Lady Gaga. Well, yeah! I could’ve called that one a mile away! Who wants to bang it out to ‘Speed Of Sound‘ when you can rock out ‘Rape Me‘? Was that in poor taste? Meh, whatever.
TheWrap is reporting that Tom Cruise (War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible, Legend, Top Gun), in preparation for his role in the upcoming movie adaptation of the 80′s musical Rock of Ages, has been taking vocal lessons from none other than Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose‘s vocal coach.
Listen up all you Ziltoid lovers! The Devin Townsend Project will be the direct support for Children of Bodom on a full N. American tour this summer. The openers are Septicflesh and Obscura, who will be rotating the opening spots each night. Devin Townsend also released the covers for his upcoming albums, ‘Deconstruction‘ and ‘Ghost‘. Check after the jump for tour dates and both covers.
Composer Garry Schyman will be a special guest at the California State University Northridge during a performance of selected works from his compositions for Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Dante’s Inferno. The concert will also feature the first public performance of Schyman’s Viola Concerto “Zingaro” (Second Movement) featuring renowned viola soloist Andrew Duckles. The concert is FREE if you have a ticket. All information for how/where are after the jump.
We’ve got a double header for you to soften the blow of it being a Monday. Bloody-Disgusting has scored the exclusive premiere for the new Allegaeon video ‘Biomech‘ AND we’re giving away a full prize back which includes a t-shirt, signed poster and more! The song ‘Biomech‘ comes from their latest release, ‘Fragments of Form And Function’ (review here), which you can get from iTunes. All details are after the jump.