Scala & Kolacny Brothers have released a video for their cover of Linkin Park‘s “My December”. The track comes from their non-traditional holiday inspired album December (iTunes). You can watch the video and see the track list for the album below.
From the official press release: The idea for the album grew out of a recent concert that was to be broadcast on Christmas day. In search of interesting songs ideas, the group asked fans on its Facebook page to suggest their favorite alternative holiday gems. A couple of hours later, they had a list of over 140 songs and the roots of December, says Steven Kolacny. “The shortlist of songs seemed perfect. They sounded heavenly but none of the songs was really well-known, which makes the CD even more surprising. Of course, the word ‘Christmas’ can be heard frequently, but not in cliché lyrics, which people usually hear at this time of the year. Most of the songs seem like a perfect sound track for December days…”READ MORE
The official 2013 Grammy nominations list has been released and, as per usual, it takes the opportunity to laud and celebrate what the radios and mass media have been shoving down our throats for the past year (thank god we can use mp3 players and dictate what we want to listen to, right?). Now, I basically just completely ignored the vast majority of categories and immediately scanned down to find the four categories that interested me: Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. And what I found was pretty…well, it was pretty confusing. READ MORE
Fearless Records has released the fifth volume of their Punk Goes Pop series. Included are artists such as Memphis May Fire, Upon This Dawning, Craig Owens, The Word Alive, and more doing covers of famous pop songs. You can check out the full track list below as well as a lyric video for Issues cover of Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend”.
You can snag your copy of Punk Goes Pop vol. 5 on iTunes. Also, now through Nov. 19th, all previous editions of Punk Goes… are on sale for $7.99.
Personally, and maybe I’m not understanding this idea, but doesn’t it seem like you should have, I don’t know, punk bands doing Punk Goes Pop? These seem more like screamo, metalcore, and bands that fall into those types of genres. Help me out here readers, am I wrong? READ MORE
I love black metal. I really do. But somebody needs to tell some of these artists that a good chunk of their names are completely illegible. Chicken scrawls do not make for a good band logo, at least in my opinion. But what it CAN do is turn pop artists names into something rather amusing. Below is a great picture that takes eleven well known mainstream pop artists and gives their name the good ole’ black metal chicken scrawl logo treatment. I managed to identify all of them without a problem although one of them did give me a run for my money for a second. Can you guess them all? READ MORE
Review by Chris Lockett: Starting with Coldplay in the early 2000s, the music industry has seen a huge return to prominence for European Alternative Pop-Rock bands. Tons of new bands are cashing in on this particular trend of music and making subpar records that only seem to appeal to diehard fans of the genre. However, there is a new group that’s been making waves, being given the title of “England’s hottest new band” by the Huffington Post. The band, Morning Parade, has been receiving a lot of attention overseas, as well as here in the States, for their self-titled debut. But, has all of the hype been for naught, or is this a band that’s worth its weight in publicity gold? Hit the jump to find out! READ MORE
Being a long time Shinedown fan, I was stoked for March 27th. Shinedown was set to release their fourth studio album Amaryllis and I had spent four long years waiting for a strong follow up to the mediocre Sound of Madness. Was it worth the wait? Was my nervous twitching and spontaneous vomiting in anticipation of this musical release all for not? In a word…yes. READ MORE
I’m all for bands that like to mix genres and have fun. As a matter of fact, I really look forward to hearing these artists, as I’m interested in knowing what rules they like to bend and which ones they decide need to broken entirely. Such is the case with Black Taxi, an indie rock band who must’ve left their hearts in the 80’s. Filled with reggae and funk mixed with infectious danceable moments, We Don’t Know Any Better aims to have you tapping your foot, nodding your head, bouncing your leg…hell, they’d be thrilled to have you get up and dance! But do they pull it off as much as they hope?
Tomorrow brings the release of In Waves, the fifth studio album from Trivium. Though I wasn’t able to meet up with the guys at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, I did get the chance to talk with Matt via phone a week ago to discuss the new album, how some of the biggest directors of today influence him, touring plans and Matt’s love of horror. Check out the exclusive interview after the jump!
When I first heard that The Real Tuesday Weld’s album, The Last Werewolf: A Soundtrack was the soundtrack to a book, I was slightly taken aback. I’d never really heard of a book having a soundtrack before. A movie? Of course. A video game? Duh! But a book? That seemed somewhat far-fetched for me. Listening to the album, however, cleared everything up. The question is, did it clear it up and make me want to read the book or did it fail in drumming up any interest at all. Check out after the jump for all the details!
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.
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!