Looks like the Rockstar Uproar Festival is getting a hefty dose of 90′s awesomeness as grunge legends Alice In Chains have been announced as the headlining act for the tour. Their direct support is 90′s rock giant Jane’s Addiction, whose 2011 album The Great Escape Artist is still something I play frequently (seriously, it’s a great album). Also on the main stage will be prog rockers Coheed And Cambria and Circa Survive.
“I think it’s going to be a fun tour and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s only going to happen that one time, that way, and you’re going to be there,” says Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.
The second stage will see performances from Middle Class Rut, Walking Papers, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and the local winner of the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
Prog rock band Coheed And Cambria have teamed up with Rolling Stone to stream the full The Afterman: Descension album, which you can listen to here. The album will be released tomorrow, Feb. 5th and is available for pre-order on iTunes here. Head on below for the full track list and album art as well as lyric video for “Dark Side Of Me”. READ MORE
Prog rock band Coheed And Cambria appeared on Conan to perform their latest single “Dark Side Of Me”, which comes from their upcoming album The Afterman: Descension (iTunes pre-order). The new album comes out Feb. 5th. You can watch video of the performance below. READ MORE
Update: This article has been updated to correct some information.
Prog rock band Coheed And Cambria have released a music video for “Dark Side Of Me”, which comes off their upcoming album The Afterman: Decension. The album will be released Feb. 5th, 2013 and is the sequel to 2012′s The Afterman: Ascension.
The video is primarily a lyric video but the background features beautiful and somewhat eerie closeups of objects that can never truly be identified. Check it out below.
The band will be performing the song live on Conan on Jan. 21st. READ MORE
Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his plans to bring his graphic novel series The Amory Wars to the big screen. Earlier this year he and his Evil Ink Comics imprint teamed up with Mark Wahlberg (The Departed; producer of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), Leverage and producer Stephen Levinson ( “Entourage”,”Boardwalk Empire” and Contraband).
Sanchez said it’s not 100% full steam yet, “It’s very preliminary stages. Because the mythology is very dense and a lot of parts are already created … it’s just trying to find the right starting point to get people attracted to it.”
The story of The Amory Wars is set in Heaven’s Fence, a fantasy universe run by a tyrannical dictator named Wilhelm Ryan, and is inspired by Sanchez’s vast conceptual tale surrounding Coheed and Cambria’s albums. “I’d love to see the band’s music make a cameo. Not necessarily as the soundtrack but as Stan Lee does for the Marvel movies maybe the music could pop in once in a while.”
Sanchez plans on being hands-on with the story, “Being the creator I’d certainly like to think ,” he says. “That’s certainly our understanding going forward in the partnership.” And, he thinks it could be a bit. “It’s a universal story and I think it’s going to draw a bigger audience than just the band’s. I think it has already.”
More on this as it comes in. Fans of the graphic novel, are you psyched for this version?
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
So we’re kicking things off this year with our music list! I know a lot of you folks are into metal, and we’ve got plenty of that. But we’ve also got a few surprises tucked in there as well! Extra thanks to Jonathan Barkan for his suggestions, they’re designated as “JB”.
Btw, I’ve mainly included iTunes links – they have a “gift” option – to these releases. Even though I prefer discs, I realize I’m a relic so I’m saving links to physical products for the special Box Sets where it’s really worth it to go whole-hog and impress someone special. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
Rock band The Sword has released a music video for “The Veil Of Isis”, which comes off their latest album Apocryphon (iTunes). The video was directed by Simon Chan (Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria), who has done two previous The Sword music videos.
The Sword are also currently on tour. You can watch the video and check out tour dates below. READ MORE
So, Coheed And Cambria have released a video for “The Afterman”, which comes off their latest album The Afterman: Ascension (iTunes). In it, a beautiful woman in a lovely summer dress watches a space shuttle launch only to see the shuttle explode, a lá Challenger. Afterwords, she rows out in a little dinghy to pick up one of the astronauts who, miraculously, was wearing a parachute and managed to escape the fireball unscathed.
Once in the boat, does the astronaut frantically row towards the wreckage, hoping to find more survivors? Does this nameless woman row him to shore for medical attention? Nope. They make out, cuddle and stare off into the sunset while enjoying the rollicking motion of the waves. Oh, and then he tucks her in and sinks into the ocean (spoiler alert: he’s actually Aquaman). Kudos to you two for being wholly inappropriate.
Coheed And Cambria have released an official music video for “Domino The Destitute”, their fist single from their upcoming album The Afterman: Ascension, which comes out Oct. 9th. Fans who pre-order the deluxe edition of the album, which comes with hardcover lyric book, DVD, medallion, tour laminate, and more, will receive an immediate free download of the song. This song also marks the return of drummer Josh Eppard, who was last heard on 2005′s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.
Coheed will also be hitting the road this September with support coming from The Deer Hunter and 3. Tour dates and ticket information can be found here.
What say you Coheed fans? Is this song rocking or are you disappointed? READ MORE
Coheed And Cambria have announced that their upcoming sixth studio record, The Afterman, will be a double concept album and will be released in two separate volumes. The first volume, The Afterman: Ascension, will be out Oct. 9th. The second volume, The Afterman: Descension, will be released at an undetermined date in February 2013. The band has released an album teaser video, which you can watch below. The teaser looks like a mix between Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey, so sci-fi fans take heed.
A deluxe version of the ‘The Afterman’ will include a hardcover coffee-table book with expansive art by Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with collaborative written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez and writer Peter David that will create a song by song experience. David previously worked with Sanchez on the prose novel adaptation of the band’s 2010 album “Year of the Black Rainbow,” and the graphic novel adaptation of their 2003 album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3“.
The Afterman takes place in the running concept story The Amory Wars. Each title from the band falls into this epic sci-fi arc. It was recently announced that Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions will be developing the story into a live-action feature film.
Coheed and Cambria are currently touring with Iron Maiden and will be hitting the road for a headline run beginning in mid-September. All tour dates are below. READ MORE
At first listen, Italian band Hopes Die Last could easily be categorized as screamo and just left at that. Hell, my first playthrough of their new album, Trust No One, had me thinking this. But then I spun it a second time and new elements started peeking out from behind the curtains. Touches of alt-rock? Check. How about electronica and even dubstep? Yuppers. But do all of these elements combine into a solid package or do they try to tear themselves free from each other, striving for the spotlight?
I’m a sucker for alternative prog-rock. There’s just enough heaviness to satisfy the metal head in me but there is also a vast amount of tones and effects to appeal to the audiophile in me. Seriously, it’s like I’m an addict and the only cure is more interesting and unique sounds. So when I did a bit of reading and checking into A Liquid Landscape, I was immediately intrigued. They cite influences such as Dredg, Porcupine Tree, Sigur Ros, Karnivool, People In Planes, Tool, and more. Talk about an impressive roster of bands to admire, right? But anyone can claim such bands influence them. The question is can they take those influences and make a unique final product? Is Nightingale Express an album that stands on its own merits? READ MORE
The Oct. 4th release date for the Batman: Arkham Citysoundtrack is fast approaching but The Dark Knight can’t stop that from giving you listeners more chances to hear some music. So, in that spirit, AlternativePress is now hosting Blaqk Audio‘s contribution, entitled Afterdark.
Check it out after the jump and let me know your thoughts!
Batman: Arkham City is easily one in my Top 5 anticipated games for the rest of the year. The Caped Crusader has always been my favorite comic book hero so I naturally can’t wait to go about Gotham City whooping some villain ass. And what better way to help me through that than some kick ass music! Check after the jump to hear Coheed & Cambria‘s contribution, Deranged.
You can check out the track list for the OST as well as a link to Black Rebel Motorcycle’s contribution here.
Everyone who I know that has played Batman: Arkham Asylum absolutely loved it. Honestly, if you haven’t played it, get yourself an Xbox 360 or PS3 (your choice), get the game and don’t leave the room until you’ve beaten it. It’s because of how much I enjoyed the first game that I’m looking forward to Batman: Arkham City, which comes out Oct. 18th.
Today it was released that a soundtrack for the game will also be released that features brand new music from artists such as Panic! At The Disco, Serj Tankian, Coheed & Cambria, and many more.
Coheed & Cambria frotnman Claudio Sanchez said, “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.”
Honestly, I’m surprised it took them this long to make the announcement official. For those of you who are wondering why Coheed and Cambria have split ways with bassist Michael Todd, just take a minute to read about his bomb-threat, drug-craving/induced episode here. But in all seriousness, this guy has issues and the last thing any of us should want is for him to hit a downward spiral. Hopefully this situation places him in rehab and allows him an opportunity to get his shit together. The last thing we need is another Amy Winehouse.
Coheed And Cambria bassist Michael Todd was arrested earlier tonight after allegedly robbing a Walgreens reports The Hollywood Reporter. The charge is armed robbery as Michael claimed that he had a bomb and was willing to detonate it if he did not get several bottles of Oxycontin. Once he received the pills, he fled and was arrested at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, where the band was supposed to open up for Soundgarden. But guess what? The band played the show anyways! As they say, the show must go on even when your bassist is arrested for armed robbery. That’s the quote…right? Check after the jump for a message from Coheed And Cambria regarding this situation.
Reunited Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden have announced the final itinerary for their upcoming summer tour. Special guests depend on the day, but it could be Coheed and Cambria, The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Meat Puppets, or Mastodon, depending on your stop. Check after the jump for the full list.
Josh Eppard (ex-3, ex-Coheed and Cambria, Terrible Things) is about to release the second album under his solo moniker Weerd Science, ‘Sick Kids‘, on May 17th. In anticipation of this release, Josh is giving away a 4-track EP via bandcamp. This EP is some creepy hip-hop, so check it out to get some music crawling under your skin.
Coheed and Cambria have announced the ‘Neverender SSTB – An Evening With Coheed and Cambria’ tour. This will be a celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. Included at each stop will be a full playthrough of the band’s debut album, ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’, as well as a 30-40 minute acoustic set and select songs from other albums. Ticket sale information is on their Official Facebook. Most cities will be able to purchase tickets this Friday, Jan. 14th.
Jersey-based aggressive hard rock outfit Return To Earth, featuring the talents of Ron Scalzo, Brett Aveni, and Chris Pennie (Coheed & Cambria, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), are pleased to announce that their song Night Of The Exploding Razors will have its WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE premiere this weekend (Aug 6th – Aug 8th) on the acclaimed syndicated radio show, Full Metal Jackie. The show is syndicated on rock stations across the US. Find the station nearest you to tune in this weekend by heading to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.
Return To Earth’s sophomore album and Metal Blade Records debut, Automata, hits stores everywhere on August 17th. Mixing for Automata was handled by Guns N’ Roses’ Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal who also happened to mix RTE’s first album, Captains of Industry, and polished up what turned out to be quite an ambitious multi-track recording. Automata was self produced by Chris and Brett under their new production company, Fight Mannequins. Brett comments: “We wanted complete control over the proceedings, as we felt that only we knew what was best to get the songs across.” Vocalist Ron Scalzo adds: “After going about the recording process modestly for our first album, Captains of Industry, we decided to up the ante for Automata – better studios and mics, more tracks, more gear – we wanted to create a heavier, denser sound with more dynamics this time around. Heavier and denser can be a nightmare without the proper mix, and our old friend Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal once again made magic with more tracks than most sane people would dare to blend together to make everything sound cohesive. With file management not necessarily being our ‘strong suit’, Mr. Thal once again outdid himself trying to piece all the madness together.”
Fresh off of a massive U.S. tour with Coheed and Cambria, Torche is again touring the States! (well a portion of them at least)… Difference is, this time they are touring in pre-support of a new CD/LP Songs for Singles, which is not a collection of previously released tracks… S.F.S. is a CD/LP entirely comprised of new material! Check them out on their mini-tour at the dates listed below!
7/28 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Beings
7/29 Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley w/ Beings and High on Fire
7/30 Indianapolis, IN @ Vollrath Tavern w/ Beings
7/31 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Baroness
8/01 Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Festival w/ Baroness and Yakuza
8/03 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar w/ Beings
8/05 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree w/ Beings
8/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Boris and Russian Circles
8/07 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum w/ Beings
8/09 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s w/ Beings
8/11 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Beings
10/29 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds (THE FEST 9)
When arson claimed the homes of over 40 families in his hometown of Coatesville, Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, the emotional trauma of the tragedy spurred Fred Mascherino (ex-Taking Back Sunday) to pick up his guitar and start penning music for his new all-star supergroup Terrible Things, which includes Josh Eppard (Coheed & Cambria) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit). Their self-titled major label debut will be released on August 31, 2010 via Universal Motown and was produced and mixed by Jason Elgin (Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Collective Soul) and mastered by Roger Lian (Bayside, Coheed & Cambria). “The album cover is metaphoric to what was going on in my town last year and it was actually pretty emotional for me watching that house go up in flames,” Fred says of the image of his two children having a tea party while a nearby dollhouse is engulfed in flames. Fortunately for Terrible Things, the only thing that will be on fire will be the band, as they blaze a trail this Summer for a handful of shows on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour and October dates supporting Mae (tour dates inside).