I’ve had a really long week with a ton of people talking my ear off in public. I go to the store and people want to chat. I go to a concert and people want to chat. I go to the damn bathroom and people take the next urinal and want to discuss things. ARGH!!!! Why won’t these people leave me alone???
That’s why I resonated with “Argue And Grin”, this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, which comes from Harm. The video shows the band performing in a rather grungy looking basement while a separate storyline shows a woman getting her mouth sewn shut. Fun fact for those of you who are less squeamish, director Darko Dan confirmed to BD that the actress actually got her mouth sewn shut for this video! Talk about commitment! The song comes from the band’s 2012 release The Nine, which you can snag on iTunes. Check out the video below! READ MORE
The full lineup and tour schedule for the 2013 ‘AllStars Tour’ has been locked down and is now available for the world to enjoy! Headlined by Every Time I Die and featuring such acts as Chelsea Grin, Terror, Iwrestledabearonce, and more, the tour begins in mid-July and ends a month later in mid-August. You can see the full tour schedule and lineup below. READ MORE
Ultragore Records artist Drop Goblin has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting to stream his upcoming EP The Gate, which is heavily influenced by the 1987 Tibor Takács horror film of the same name. The EP will be released Monday, May 6th via Ultragore Records. Below you can listen to the full EP as well as snag a free download of “The Gate (Vocal Edit)”.
Drop Goblin states, “The Gate is completely horror themed and tells a story of demonic domination inspired by the 1987 film. Each element is custom layered using aggressive Dubstep production and Heavy-Metal guitar riff-age to tell the story of a Demon walking through the gate to cause havoc to the world, and to further define the term ‘Metalstep’”
So what are you waiting for? Get your weekend started with some horror-themed metal-infused EDM! READ MORE
Terrible news has hit the metal world as it has been announced that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was an original member, has passed away at age 49 due to liver failure. Hanneman had not been a touring member of Slayer since 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the flesh-eating disease. Continuing health problems would not allow him to rejoin his bandmates.
The band posted the following message on their Facebook: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to the family, friends, and fans of Jeff Hanneman. READ MORE
The first CD I ever bought was Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon, the classic prog rock album that has become a cultural icon. I had never listened to much Floyd but everyone kept going on and on about it so I just caved and gave it a listen. Yeah, let’s just say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I also grew up in the era of 8-bit video games and the music that they held within. I will always have a fondness in my heart for beeps and boops that are turned into gloriously catchy tunes. That’s why I wanted to share with you the 8-bit chiptunes version of Dark Side Of The Moon as done by Brad Smith. Head on below for the full album! READ MORE
The third installment of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour will be headlined by Danish rockers Volbeat and will be hitting the road in late summer. The band will see support coming from Finnish metal group HIM along with All That Remains and Airbourne. Tour dates will be announced in the coming days.
Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen states, “The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable. We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.” READ MORE
I’ve long loved the Lovecraft-ian style horror films, the ones that have a great deal of supernatural, cultist mystery. Oh, and the tentacles are a big draw as well. Something about tentacled creatures just gets my horror imagination churning in overtime.
So when I was sent an email with the subject line “Puppet Cthulu Music Video”, I probably clicked on that link in near record time. And what I saw definitely did not disappoint. Director Anthony Carpendale created a comedy-horror video for the song “Sleeve”, from UK prog rock band Thumpermonkey. Featuring the full Cthulu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft squeezed into 5 minutes, it’s well worth giving a look. Check it out below along with a short making-of video!
“Sleeve” comes from Thumpermonkey’s Sleep Furiously album, which you can pick up here READ MORE
Supergroup Palms has released their first single, a song entitled “Patagonia”, which you can listen to below. The song comes from the band’s debut album, which will be released June 25th via Ipecac Records. Palms features Deftones singer Chino Moreno and ISIS members Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris, and Clifford Meyer.
Moreno talks about working with the members of ISIS: “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun. I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”
Aaron Harris on the origin of Palms: “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together. It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.”
Also below are dates for the band’s mini West Coast tour. READ MORE
What’s your pleasure? I hope it’s a piano cover of Christopher Young’s Hellraiser theme because that’s what you’re gonna get! It was done by YouTube user Tron91 and really captures that subtly creepy and haunting atmosphere that Young (A Nightmare On Elm St. 2, Drag Me To Hell, Sinister) so brilliantly crafted into the score. It even got Clive Barker’s stamp of approval! Check it out below. READ MORE
My pal Adam Barnick (who directed this fantastic video) alerted me that there is something called The Twin Peaks Archive. It is a massive collection of all the unused (at least in their full length) music from the TV series as well as the prequel film. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti (who scored The City Of Lost Children, one of my favorite films), the 212 track collection has not been released on physical but is available to purchase on-line as individual tracks (around $.99 or less each) or as a full bundle. While the $77 price tag of the bundle might make you balk a bit, remember that it averages out to about $.36 per track, which I think is a steal. Also, the files come either in 320kbps nitrate or Apple lossless, so you’re getting some fantastic sounding tracks. The bundle can be ordered here while the individual tracks can be cherry picked here and clicking on ‘Explore’. READ MORE
Hailing from London, Purson is a five-piece band that seems very displaced, sounding like an amalgamation of 60’s folk and 70’s heavy metal with pinches of classic prog influences. Self described as “vaudeville carny psych”, the band has jut released their debut album The Circle And The Blue Door via Metal Blade Records, a somewhat interesting choice yet oddly fitting. But does the group pull off this style or does it fall short as something campy and trite? Find out below! READ MORE
I have heard of so many different genres of metal it’s come to a point that I need a symbolic road map to make my way through it all. Is something progressive tech metal or is it djent? Is it grindcore or goregrind? The list goes on and on. However, there is a new genre that I was introduced to today that may very well stand out with some ease: Neadercore.
That’s what Kansas City Bigfoot/Sasquatch-themed death metal band Troglodyte classify themselves as. And with their imagery and attitude, I’d say they’ve hit the nail right on the head.
For all you lovers of the giant hairy folk who want to hear the music of their people (people?), head on below to stream the entirety of the band’s first album Welcome To Boggy Creek. You can also snag their latest album Don’t Go In The Woods here. READ MORE
UK prog metal band TesseracT have released a radio edit of a new single entitled “Singularity”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album Altered State, which comes out May 28th in N. America. The song perfectly encompasses the various musical approaches the band takes, from mellow, ethereal beauty to vicious, biting heaviness. You can listen to the single below.
Make sure to keep an eye out for my review of the album, coming very soon! READ MORE
Australian prog rock band Karnivool has announced that they will be shooting a music video for the first single off their upcoming album, both of which are as-of-yet unnamed. The video is being directed by Chris Frey, who directed the video for “All I Know”, which you can watch below. Interestingly, the band states that they are working with children for this new video.
Per the band’s Facebook: “Today we are all in Melbourne shooting a clip for the first single off our forthcoming album. Our old friend Chris Frey is directing it, and we are breaking showbiz rule #1. Dont [sic] work with children. Stay tuned….”
The album will be the follow up to 2009′s fantastic Sound Awake, which is an album that I still play very often. I personally cannot wait for the new album and it is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. READ MORE
Swedish metalcore act Imminence has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting to premiere the lyric video for their new single “Ingle & Sky”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming EP Return To Helios, which comes out May 7th via We Are Triumphant Records. The EP can be pre-ordered here. Check out the video below! READ MORE
This video is a bit of an oldie but is too cool to not share with you all. Below you can watch a video of South Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah take on one of metal’s most famous tracks, Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman”. It’s simply her on vocals paired with an acoustic guitar (that pulls out some haunting licks). But what this woman can do with her voice is unbelievable. It’s also something right out of a horror film, her voice cracking much like the iconic sound from Ju-On and then reaching siren-like heights. Perhaps I’m swayed by the fact that she is from Korea, a country that puts out some stellar horror material but I also think I’m onto something here. Listen below and lend me your thoughts.
“Enter Sandman” comes off of Nah’s Same Girl album. READ MORE
“Let’s Get Weird” is a new series that is written by Jon Dobyns of electronic group Twitch The Ripper. In it, he reviews and shares his thoughts on some of the lesser known horror classics. Be sure to pick up TTR’s new album Colorblind on iTunes.
It can be quite the chore looking for a film that is demented, bizarre and without a detour from the story path, just for the sake of shock value. An uncanny, natural flow is hard to maintain. How does it occur in a cluster-fuck of bold, brazen images that can cause epileptic seizures? You would also hope that somewhere out there, there is still something so bewildering that even the wildest dreamers wouldn’t be able to whip it up. So if you are yearning for something a little more to expand your visual palette, let’s take a trip across the Pacific for the ultimate kids-in-a-haunted house story.
Calling Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 landmark, House (not to be confused with the 1986 William Kat classic), a masterpiece would be an understatement. It is a visual spectacle you won’t believe until you experience it. READ MORE
Just like movie remakes, cover songs can be really tricky. Some are fantastic while some are truly god awful that should have never even considered “paying homage” to the original. But when they nail it, oh boy is it something special. Look at the remakes of John Carpenter’s The Thing or Dawn Of The Dead, films that took elements of the original and created something new and exciting. Films like these got me thinking, “What are some of my favorite cover songs? What are songs that payed homage to a classic while creating something original?” So I put together five cover songs that I feel met these requirements for your enjoyment. Head on below for my 5 Great Cover Songs! READ MORE
FRIDAY! YES! Time to kick back and relax! But I do need to get pumped because I still want to have a good time. And what better way to get pumped than with some jazz-infused insane industrial metal? So that’s why I picked “I Won’t Forget”, the brand new video from Shining as this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week! The song comes from the band’s upcoming album One One One, which will be available digitally worldwide on April 23rd and June 4th on disc via Prosthetic Records.
Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby comments, “This time around, the focus was on writing fun songs that are fun to listen to and fun to play. These are our new Blackjazz hits, one hit after the other.”
Head on below to check out the sci-fi/horror-themed video! READ MORE
Swedish melodic metallers Soilwork have released a music video for “Spectrum Of Eternity”, which comes from their latest album The Living Infinite (review). The completely CGI clip features strong influences from the smash video game Bioshock as well as the French surreal comedy adventure The City Of Lost Children (which just so happens to be one of my absolute favorite films of all time). Check it out below! READ MORE
A full Black Sabbath N. American summer headlining tour has been announced wherein the band will be hitting the road in late July, playing 20 markets before finishing in early September. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming release 13, which comes out June 11th (pre-order the album here. I know I’ll be at the DTE Energy Music Theater show, so who’s going to join me?
The full touring schedule can be seen below along with the band’s first single, “God Is Dead?”. READ MORE
Multi-talented musician Serj Tankian has announced that he will be releasing not one but TWO albums this summer. The first release, Orca, will be Tankian’s first true symphony and has a release date of June 25th. This album was recorded with conductor Werner Steinmetz and features four acts that take influences from composers such as Ennio Morricone (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and Philip Glass (Candyman). Tankian states, “Orca is known as the killer whale, but is really a dark dolphin, a symbolism for human dichotomy.”
The second album is the jazz-infused Jazz-iz Christ, which comes out July 23rd. The album features contributions from some stellar musicians, including pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, trumpet player Tom Duprety, Stewart Copeland, and more. The album will feature 15 tracks, 11 of which are instrumental.
Both albums are the followup to 2012′s Harakiri. Below are the album covers for Orca and Jazz-iz Christ. READ MORE
UK prog rock band The Pineapple Thief have released a music video for “Someone Pull Me Out Of Here”, which comes from the band’s 2012 release All The Wars. The video shows a woman who is in the midst of what seems to be a deep depressive period, barely able to go through the motions and unable to do something as easy as walk out the door. Having seen many friends go through periods like this, I know first hand just how painful and difficult these times can be. If you’re up for it and it doesn’t trigger anything, the video can be seen below.
It was recently announced that The Pineapple Thief frontman Bruce Soord has teamed up with Katatonia singer Jonas Renske to release an album entitled Wisdom Of Crowds. More details on that can be found here. READ MORE
Swedish melodic death metal masters Dark Tranquillity have released another new song from their upcoming album Construct, which comes out May 28th via Century Media Records. Below you can listen to “The Science Of Noise”, which is, for me, another confirmation that Dark Tranquillity are going to release one of the best metal albums this year. These guys have always been a “go to” group for me when I needed to do some serious headbanging, so be sure that I’m keeping a close eye on this release. READ MORE