Update: The wrong band lineup has been used in the interview video. The proper band lineup photo is posted below.
Usually when I go to an interview I have a list of questions either written out or memorized that I’m going to present to the interviewee. If there’s a new album, let’s talk about it. Some big news that just broke? Let’s go deeper. A rumor or myth is circling around? Let’s confirm or dispel it.
But sometimes those questions can fly right out the window when the interview begins simply because there is no need for them. Rather, a conversation begins and it takes over the interview. It becomes the interview, generating a real, true, deep discussion that takes on multiple sides, with both parties challenging each other and probing to get the deeper opinions.
Such was the case with Monster Magnet singer/guitarist Dave Wyndorf. When I sat down with him, I had eight, maybe nine questions ready to go. But as we began talking, they flew right out of the window. And rather than type out what was said, losing the passion and excitement in our voices, I decided to give you the raw, uncut audio interview for you to hear. Head on below to hear it.
Monster Magnet’s latest release is Last Patrol, which you can purchase on iTunes. READ MORE
Okay, we all know by the headline that this article has absolutely zero to do with horror. However, from a musical standpoint it’s 100% too awesome to not right about. After all, an instrument that was designed by the infamous Italian renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci has finally been built and the world is able to hear it!
Called the “viola organist”, it was built by Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who says that the, “… instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba.”
The instrument looks like a grand piano and yet sounds like a stringed-instrument. It has a beautiful, slightly scratchy tone and the music that Zubrzycki plays sounds wonderful. It honestly just blows my mind that this guy took the time to fully understand da Vinci’s blueprints, created the instrument, and then presented it to the world 500 years after its inception.
The Age has a full description on the materials that went into the instrument as well as the mechanics of how it works. Below is a video showcasing the instrument at its world premiere. READ MORE
Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age have released a fully interactive video for “The Vampyre Of Time And Memory”, the latest single from their album …Like Clockwork (iTunes). Directed by Kii Arens & Jason Trucco, the interactive website plays out almost like a classic point-and-click adventure in the vein of The 7th Guest or Clandestine where clicking on various areas of the screen can lead to different actions, such as bringing up the lyrics of the song. It’s a cool concept and many of the items in the interactive world are seen within the director’s cut of the video, which you can watch below. READ MORE
Legendary psychobilly rockers Reverend Horton Heat know that this time of year is the time when we feast over and over again. We’ve got Thanksgiving AND the various December holidays. But who says that eating has to be boring and uneventful? Why can’t we take the act of eating and give it a bit of sass, a bit of class, and, perhaps most importantly, a bit of ass!
With that in mind, the band has just released a video for “Let Me Teach You How To Eat”, which uses all of the above qualities I have mentioned! It mixes that iconic 50′s housewife look with some good ole fashioned burlesque, resulting in one sexy, fun video! Check it out below!
Purchase the single off of iTunes. Reverend Horton Heat’s new album Rev will be coming out January 21st, 2014. READ MORE
Progressive rock/metal band Tool is one of those groups that ensures that every aspect of their music is given time and dedication, be it the sound of their recordings to the artwork of their albums (evidenced by them winning a Grammy for Best Recording Package for 10,000 Days). And one aspect that doesn’t escape that microscopic attention to detail are their music videos. Rich, surreal, deep… These are just a few words that can be used to describe the videos that this band releases, many of which are full of symbolism and rife with layered meanings.
With news coming out that Tool is hard at work on a new album AND with not one but two groups featuring Maynard having releases out soon, I figure it’s that time of year to give a little bit of thanks for the music that these fine gentlemen have put out. With that in mind, I decided to take a look at each of their music videos to determine which one reigns supreme as the most artistic representation of the band’s artistic offerings. Head on down to check out this list.
A Perfect Circle‘s Three Sixty comes out tomorrow and Puscifer‘s What Is… coming out at the end of the month (trailer here). READ MORE
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish is in full swing promoting their upcoming live DVD Showtime, Storytime, which comes out December 10th in N. America (pre-order here). To celebrate the upcoming release the band has released the concert version of “Ghost Love Score”, which comes from their 2004 album Once, the last album to feature original singer Tarja Turunen. Check out the video below.
Showtime, Storytime was recorded at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival and saw the band performing in front of over 80,000 fans. The 2014 Wacken Open Air festival went on sale in August and sold out in less than 48 hours. READ MORE
GWAR‘s Oderus Urungus is no stranger when it comes to saying controversial or offensive statements, something I’ve quickly become accustomed to over the few times I’ve interviewed him for BD. But I honestly don’t think I was prepared for his answer when I quizzed him about Metallica‘s upcoming concert in Antarctica. Hell, his answer about how he would celebrate Hanukkah was more expected than this! I invite you to head on down and check out our exclusive interview with Urungus to see exactly what it is that he has to say about the biggest metal band on the planet!
GWAR’s latest album is Battle Maximus, which came out in September. Pick up your copy via iTunes. READ MORE
I have absolutely NO IDEA how this video for The Killers “Here With Me” slipped past me when it came out almost a year ago. And yet it did and now it’s up for a Twisted Music Video Of The Week due to my being oblivious. With that being said, let me explain a bit on why it’s so cool for us horror fans. It was directed by Tim Burton, who made his music video directing return after 6 years, and it also stars Lydia Deetz herself, Winona Ryder.
The video follows the path of a slightly crazed and delusional fan. He goes to a performance that features Ryder and, when she’s out afterwards signing autographs, he lurks in the back. Turns out he has a mannequin that he has altered to look just like Ryder and he is desperate to see her real. He and the mannequin go on several dates before enjoying a completely surreal candlelit dinner. Head on down to check it out!
“Here With Me” comes from 2012′s Battle Born, which you can purchase on iTunes. READ MORE
Japanese darlings Babymetal released a video for “Megitsune” this summer that snuck right past me. The video looks almost like it was filmed in a live action version of Fatal Frame, complete with eerie traditional Japanese hallways, costumes, masks, and instruments. Check out the video below.
I honestly am becoming a huge fan of Babymetal. It’s catchy and it encourages young female audiences to give metal a serious chance, which is more than pretty much any other metal I can think of. Plus the music is catchy as hell. Don’t even try to deny it.
Snag Babymetal’s music on iTunes. READ MORE
Garage punk rockers Fidlar have been announced as the direct supporting act for The Pixies on the upcoming January N. American tour. The band will follow the tour by heading into the studio to record the followup to 2013′s self-titled debut album. The east coast tour will stretch for two weeks, beginning in Toronto, ON and finishing up in Richmond, VA.
Head on below to see the band’s video for “Cocaine”, which stars Nick Offerman. WARNING: The video is HIGHLY NSFW! READ MORE
Your favorite scum dogs of the universe, GWAR, are now immortalized in a Funny Or Die animated video entitled, appropriately enough, “The Animated Tales Of GWAR”! The sketch was two years in the making by animators Myke Chillian and Tommy Meehan and also features guest work by Weird Al Yankovic.
Chillian describes the show: “Lead singer Oderus Urungus loses his murderous-mojo prompting the rest of the band to embark on an Antarctic quest for the cure. Weird Al Yankovic guest stars.”
Oderus Urungus, who is as negative as ever, states, “I hate cartoons…cartoons are for kids, and kids are strictly for eating. But I just might have to back up a little and say that this is the greatest cartoon ever, even if I still hate it, just because it’s about US.”
Watch the video below! READ MORE
Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth has released a second teaser video for their upcoming “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” music video, which will be the first single from their upcoming album The Satanist (out early 2014 via Metal Blade Records). The video was produced and directed by Grupa 13, the group that directed the fantastic “Lucifer” video, which you can watch below.
As I’ve stated before, I simply cannot wait for the new Behemoth album. I need this filthy, brutal, slab of metal destruction destroying my ear canals as soon as possible. READ MORE
To quote vocalist/programmer Jimmy Urine, “‘F*** Machine’ is a dirty song about f***ing so much that you become a machine, so it’s the perfect song for a remix record.” And so we tell you about F*** Machine, the upcoming remix album that will be released January 14th, 2014 via Metropolis Records. The 12-track album features remixes by Combichrist, KMFDM, Mustard Pimp, and more, of “F*** Machine”, a track from the recently released How I Learned To Stop Giving A Sh*t And Love Mindless Self Indulgence.
Jimmy continues, “We have remixes from our usual gang of friends like KMFDM, Combichrist and Mustard Pimp… plus some new friends like Blush Response. We also have remixes from LJU, the world’s only hermaphrodite DJ, and a remix of ‘Jack You Up’ by Black Lipstick who are so goth that they are actually card-carrying members of The Black Panthers. Rounding the whole thing out is my lovely wife Chantal Claret on the ‘Chantal Loves Jimmy Remix’, telling me how she wants to make a f*** machine with me.”
You can pre-order the physical album via Metropolis Records or digitally via Bandcamp. Head on below to check out the track list, hear the original song, and see the album cover. READ MORE
Birmingham, UK metal band Morgue Orgy is gearing up for the official retail release of their debut full length album The Last Man On Earth on January 13th, 2014. They’ve also decided that the holiday spirit is running strongly throughout their veins, so they’re giving the album away as a free digital download on Christmas Day, December 25th.
To give horror fans an idea of what to expect, the album opens with a song commemorating interspecies breeding between man and alien. From there, the band has songs about zombie hordes, scarecrow serial killers, and nightmarish circus troupes.
Keyboard player Paul Carter comments, “We want the listener to have an experience when listening to the full album, to feel the highs and lows, the intensity and the dynamics. We don’t want people to pull 2 songs off the album onto their playlist, we want people to listen to the whole album from start-to-finish.” READ MORE
On October 19, 2013, Varèse Sarabande Records hosted a special Halloween Concert Gala as part of their worldwide 35th anniversary celebration at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Conducted by Steven Allen Fox and performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the concert featured some of Varèse Sarabande’s most terrifying releases from films including Psycho, Halloween, Ghostbusters, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The concert included performances by award winning composers including Marco Beltrami, John Debney, Christopher Young, Brian Tyler, and Nathan Barr, with several surprise guests.
But the highlight of the night was a surprise performance of Christopher Young’s “Ghost Rider Theme”, which saw the concert joined by Philm, which features ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. You can watch video of the performance below. READ MORE
Complex has posted an extensive article with Spike Lee about the upcoming Oldboy remake, which hits theaters November 27th. Lee discusses how he looked at the Billboard Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop songs over the past 20 years and culled his selections from those lists as well as what song he feels his the best representation of Josh Brolin’s character Joe (“Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix). Head on below for the 147 track playlist (Spotify required to listen) and head on here for the full interview. READ MORE
With the recent release of the 10th annivesary of Lamb Of God‘s landmark album As The Palaces Burn (purchase via Amazon), the band has made available a hour plus documentary available to stream online via Qello, home to the largest streaming library of concert films and music documentaries. The documentary goes over the recording process for the album and features interviews with band members, producer Devin Townsend, and more. The film will only be available to view through November 25th, so don’t miss out on this chance to dive into the world of the band! READ MORE
In celebration of the upcoming release of the Dead Rising 3 OST, Capcom and Sumthing Else Music Works is giving away 10 tracks from the expanded 99-track version of the album, which comes out November 19th (order here). The soundtrack features 2.5 hours of music from composer Oleksa Lozowchuk as well as additional music by various artists such as Traz Damji, Sascha Dikiciyan, Brian Reitzell, Celldweller, Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Ashtar Command, and Dave Genn.
Snag your free tracks by heading over here. READ MORE
Alright, you’ve learned how to play guitar and you’re ready to start writing your own death metal tunes. But wait! You suddenly realize that you have absolutely no f*$king clue what to do next! Luckily, vocalist/guitarist John Whitten of Canadian heavy metal band Super Quest is here to teach you exactly how to take that six-stringed axe of yours and whip out the music brutal of metal tunes. Let’s just say that this video is the most direct, the most to-the-point, and the most informative 1:09 on the topic.
Check it out down yonder! READ MORE
Weird yet oddly fitting news has come out that Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) will be coming to American Horror Story, according to the show’s creator Ryan Murphy. Nicks’ role has not yet been announced but her impact on this season is known to any who watch the show. Misty Day, one of this season’s main characters, is obsessed with the singer and Murphy says that the show will use eight of Nicks’ songs throughout the course of this season.
We’ll update with more information as it comes in. READ MORE
If there’s one thing I know about Marilyn Manson it’s that he is not kid-friendly. Yeah, angsty teenagers is fine but kids in the low single digits? Not gonna happen. But that’s not what the fine folk over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are thinking. Nope, they have the strange idea that good ole Manson is PERFECT for your wee little ones as they lay in their crib, slumbering away and travelling throughout dreamland. Talk about nightmare fuel, right? Well, starting today you can pre-order the upcoming Lullaby Versions Of Marilyn Manson, which will also snag you an immediate download of “The Dope Show”. You can pre-order the album through iTunes.
Head on down for their version of System Of A Down‘s “Chop Suey”. READ MORE
Two members of punk rock band Yellow Dogs and one member of Free Keys were shot and killed earlier today in a tragic, horrific murder-suicide that left a total of four dead, including the shooter, and one injured. Twenty nine year old Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie took the lives of brothers Arash, 28, and Soroush Farazmand, 27, and 35-year old Ali Eskandarian while shooting and wounding an as-of-yet unidentified street artist. Rafie then went to the rooftop of the building where the shootings took place and took his own life.
The Farazmand brothers fled Iran in 2010 and were recently granted political asylum. They had fled the repressive Iranian culture and government to purse a career in music. Yellow Dogs frontman Siavash Karampour in 2009 told CNN, “The law has a problem with rock music so we can’t play it.”
The NY Daily News has an extensive article on the various facts, details, and theories surrounding this terrible situation.
We send our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of those whose lives were taken away so needlessly. Below is a song from Yellow Dogs and an acoustic track from Ali Eskandarian. READ MORE
Director/actor/musician David Lynch has released a new track entitled “Bad The John Boy”, which is technically a bonus track to this year’s The Big Dream. The track will be available on limited edition 12″ vinyl tomorrow, so pre-order now to make sure you have a copy!
Producer Dean Hurley states that the song, “…wasn’t really recorded with the LP in mind, but it was done around the end of last year when the bulk of the album was being made. It was earmarked for something else entirely, but that thing didn’t happen in a way that required the song… so up until now, it was ‘a song with no home.’”
The 12″ will feature the original track as well as a remix done by Venetian Snares. Hurley describes the remix as, “…music for the end crawl of a bootlegged sci-fi/horror film that you borrowed from your friend’s older brother and caused you to realize for the first time that you were actually scared in broad daylight.”
Head on below to listen to it. READ MORE
Industrial metal band Static-X has announced that they will be embarking on a short US tour this December with support coming from The Defiled and Madlife. It is the first tour since vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static had to undergo hernia surgery late last year.
Static comments, “It’s been almost a year but I am finally 100% recovered from my surgery I had in November 2012. For those of you who do not know I developed a hernia during the Static-X tour last Fall. I kept the tour going despite my medical situation because I do not like to cancel shows, but my health finally got to the point where I could not perform anymore and I had to cancel the final two weeks of the tour.
“I am very excited to get back out and perform for all of you! I have made a couple of line up changes in my band and we are ready to bring all of you the Evil Disco you have come to expect from my live show, whether it be Static-X or my solo band. On guitar I have Ashes, who has been a staple in my band since 2011, on Bass I have Andy, who made his debut with me at the tail end of the Static-X tour in 2012, and on drums I am bringing back former old school Static-X drummer (2007-2009) Bevan Davies.
“We will be performing a ton of everyone’s favorite Static-X songs along with a few songs from my solo cd Pighammer. It’s a really fun set list and we’re ready to kick everyone’s ass and have a good time. Let’s do some shots!”
Tour dates can be found below. READ MORE