Iowa metal group Slipknot have announced their foray into creating their own headlined musical festival with Knotfest. This year will see two day-long dates, one in their native state of Iowa and one in Somerset, along the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The festival will have musical appearances from Deftones, Dethklok, Lamb Of God, Prong, The Urge, Cannibal Corpse, Serj Tankian, and more. There will also be amusement rides, burlesque performances, circus big-top tents, and other carnival-esque treats. Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Shawn “Clown” Crahan states, “It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be. It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”
Clown also told Rolling Stone that the festival will continue on in the upcoming years even if Slipknot has no plans to perform. READ MORE
Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
Serj Tankian, the enigmatic frontman of System of a Down, has released a teaser for Figure It Out, the first single from his upcoming album Harakiri. The album will be released July 10th via Reprise Records/Serjical Strike. The album will be available for preorder starting May 1st, which also coincides with the date that Figure It Out will be available for order off of iTunes.
The teaser video for Figure It Out, which you can view below, shows Tankian kidnap and torture a poor, innocent, helpless mail box. Yes, you read that right. Also, you get to decide at the end of the video whether or not the mailbox lives or dies. Live or die, make your choice (HA!).
System of a Down will also be touring with Deftones. Confirmed tour dates are below. READ MORE
Just a few days ago, there was a sneaking rumor that alt-metal giants System of a Down and Deftones were going to team up together for a tour this summer. Well, the cat is out of the bag and the rumor can now be laid down as fact! For two weeks in August, the two bands will be doing a tour through the east part of the States as well as two dates in Canada. Hint: I’ll be at the Detroit show (technically Clarkston), so let me know if you’ll be there and we’ll hang out and chat horror!
Check below for the full touring schedule. READ MORE
Jeez, do you think singer Chino Moreno is busy enough already? He’s already got Deftones about to hit the road with System of a Down AND he’s also got ††† (Crosses), the project with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. Now he’s teamed up with ISIS members Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide to create a new band: Palms.
Aaron Harris: “Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended. Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We’ve worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It’s nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up.”
Chino Moreno: “Being a huge ISIS fan I’ve always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound. I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so.”
The album will see a release later this year via Ipecac Records, the home of ISIS. READ MORE
Let’s keep this chalked up as rumor until tomorrow but there is speculation that System of a Down might be teaming up with Deftones for a full tour. Speculation arose when System’s Shavo was seen in a picture holding a Deftones laminate while, in a completely different picture, Deftone’s Chino was captured holding a System laminate. There are hints that a full announcement will be coming tomorrow but I’m kinda antsy in my pantsy. I wanna know now! Check below for the picture and let me know if you’d go to the show! READ MORE
Now available for pre-order is the soundtrack to the upcoming action thriller The Raid: Redemption, which has been getting pretty much nonstop love on the front page. The soundtrack is composed by both Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) and Joseph Trapanese. You can listen to several tracks below including RAZORS.OUT, which features Deftones singer Chino Moreno. Then, if you like it, snag a copy here.
Three years ago, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident that left him in a coma and required part of his brain to be removed. Now, he is coming from an unconscious state to a partially conscious one. Below is a video of Chi lifting his left leg when requested.
Chi’s family has been running OneLoveForChi.com in an effort to raise money required to help the recovery of the bassist. However, they only have just under $18,000 of the necessary $250,000 needed to help Chi attain a full recovery. With this progress, help is now needed more than ever.
Keep fighting Chi! You’ve got such a strong fan/support system behind you, it will amaze you once you wake up!
We’ve seen some really cool videos over the years from Deftones, so it’s only fitting that a live video be just as engaging. Turns out they thought the same thing and it’s evident in the new video for Beauty School, which comes off their latest album Diamond Eyes (review here) and also just so happens to be my favorite track off the album.
Check it out after the jump and tell me YOUR favorite Deftones song in the comments.
If you haven’t heard of Crosses, then shame on you! A side project from Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), Crosses is the result of these childhood friends getting together and recording music for the fun of it. The guys have apparently recorded several songs together and plan to release them as EPs over an undetermined amount of time. The first of these EPs is now available for free download or you can pay $5 and get the high quality audio upgrade.
Having downloaded and listened to the EP a few times, I can safely say that it’s a very unique sounding project but one that I’m really enjoying. There is a slightly creepy Depeche Mode-esque feel to the tracks but also a sublime, ethereal beauty as well with a very sexual edge. Basically, it would make great banging music.
Okay, admission time: I loved ‘Fallen‘. It wasn’t a musical masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a fun bubblegum pop hard rock album that wasn’t pretentious and had a lot of catchy songs. Now, ‘The Open Door‘ on the other hand was pretty awful. Nothing on that album stood out to me and I quickly shelved it. So, I’m kinda on the fence after reading that Amy Lee and the Evanescence crew are supposedly entering the studio to record their third album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Alice In Chains)
Amy Lee: ”We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on. We’ve written more than an album of songs. We’ve been finding ourselves, reinventing our sound, experimenting with things we’ve never done before and at the same time embracing the things we love most about Evanescence. This journey has made us the strongest we’ve ever been as a band, and I am in love with the music. Nick Rasculinecz is the perfect fit for this record and we are all very excited to get into the studio together.”
What are your thoughts readers? Ready for some more Evanescence?
Well, it’s that time of the year again, the time for love, passion, flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, romance and cupids. Oh, and also a lot of pregnancies. True story: more people are born 8-9 months after Valentine’s Day than any other time of the year. That’s a lot of fornication going on! So, in an effort to aid all you horny little buggers out there, I’ve put together a list of my ten songs to get your loins aquiver!
Wake Up Fest, a series of concerts that are taking place all over the world, are being scheduled throughout 2011 with one goal in mind: To help pay for the medical bills of Deftone’s bassist Chi Cheng. Cheng is currently in a semi-conscious state following a severe car accident in late 2008 and his family have been working tirelessly to create benefit shows and fundraisers to ensure that Cheng gets the best care and that research can be done to find a way to wake him up. Complete show listings and locations can be found here.
When I look back on this past year in music I took into consideration the albums I was looking forward to, the albums I didn’t see coming, and the songs that got stuck in my head all day. It’d really hard to do a retrospective but after serious consideration I finally got the the list right. Enjoy.
Deftones have released a video for ‘You’ve Seen The Butcher’, the newest single off their latest album ‘Diamond Eyes’ (review here). It’s a beautifully shot video with some hot girls that are scantily clad getting showered with blood. What more could you ask for? Check it out below and let us know what you think?
As they gear up for September 7th release of highly anticipated new album Audio Secrecy, 3-time Grammy nominees Stone Sour have announced plans for a special intimate show/record release party at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on August 30th.
The special performance will be available for the entire world to see via a live stream that can be viewed on stonesour.com and roadrunnerrecords.com beginning at 8:30 pm EST.
Among the songs in that night’s set will be hook-laden lead single “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” (currently No. 6 at Active Rock and No. 17 at Modern Rock radio) and hard-charging new track “Mission Statement.” The band recently offered the latter as a free download and the response was massive, as fans downloaded the song more than 1,000 times an hour during a two-day period.
Stone Sour (lead vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarists James Root and Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Roy Mayorga) and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones) recorded Audio Secrecy at Blackbird Studios in Nashville during the destructive storms and devastating floods that hit the historic heart of Music City.
So, it’s the end of another month and I bring you yet another Retro Review. Now, in the comments of the last review, I got two requests, both for metal albums (don’t worry guys, I’ve got them saved and will come to them later). However, to try and introduce some diversity into the music section, I wanted to do a review for something that might not be exactly expected. So, with this review, I’m doing something completely out of the style of music that I usually review in the Bloody-Disgusting music section: Portishead’s debut album, ‘Dummy’.
Don’t forget to leave a comment with what you would like next months Retro Review to be! In the meantime, check after the jump to hear my thoughts on ‘Dummy’.
Vampires Everywhere! are excited to take a break from recording to perform alongside The Muderdolls at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on Tuesday, June 15th and The Key Club in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, June 17th.
The group are currently holed up in their hometown of Los Angeles with acclaimed producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones) so look for this new offering to be released sometime this fall.
Vampires Everywhere! have posted some new video blogs from the studio so be sure to head over now to Youtube in order to view the new installments. The group are also excited to announce a nationwide North American tour alongside Black Veil Brides this summer, so be sure to visit the Official Vampires Everywhere! MySpace to view their complete tour itinerary.
Three-time Grammy nominees STONE SOUR have announced a September 7th release date for their much-buzzed-about new album Audio Secrecy. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in a long time,” lead singer Corey Taylor recently told MTV News. “We recorded 18 songs — and knowing that every tune not only has its own identity but is damn good, I’m very, very proud of that.”
The band is giving fans a sneak preview of the album by offering a limited-time download of a new song titled “Mission Statement.” Says Taylor, “In this day and age, it’s important to be strong enough to know who you are. This song is not only a rallying cry for us, but it says everything about what this album means to us. This is just the beginning.”
“Mission Statement” will be available for 48 hours only beginning this Thursday, June 10th at 11am EST. The track can be downloaded at www.stonesour.com.
The album’s first commercial single will be “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” which ships to modern rock and rock radio on Tuesday, July 6th.
This past weekend, I was in Columbus, Ohio for the 2010 Rock on the Range Festival which had bands like Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit and more performing. I spent most of my time with my photographer/videoperson Chrystal in the media tent, chatting with musicians like CJ from Drowning Pool, grabbing a minute with Chino from Deftones as well as all the guys from Taproot. I got interviews with Paul Phillips from Puddle of Mudd, ST1TCH from Mushroomhead and Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit, so check back each day for a new video interview exclusively here on Bloody-Disgusting.
With over 30,000 people at this years Rock on the Range (the most attended year since the festivals inception), the two-day festival was overall great success. The weather on Saturday was a mix of rain and sunshine, making the Jagermeister and the Kicker stage fields muddy and filthy, something the audience took full advantage of. Day one had Godsmack and Three Days Grace as the headliners with bands like Deftones and Drowning Pool drawing huge numbers during the three-stage exchanges. Killswitch Engage also drew an enormous crowd with people lining the stairs and rails of the stadium to watch the band.
Out of the shadows of Los Angeles emerge VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!, who will soon cast a dark, ominous curse across the rock genre with their much anticipated debut full-length album. The group are currently holed up in their hometown with acclaimed producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones) so look for this new offering to be released sometime this fall.
VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! will also be posting frequent video blogs from the studio so be sure to head over HERE in order to view the first installment. The group are also excited to announce their first ever nationwide North American tour alongside Black Veil Brides this summer, so be sure to visit http://www.myspace.com/vampireseverywhere or see below to view their complete tour itinerary.
Deftones‘ latest album Diamond Eyes is quite the ride. Strangely seductive, vibrantly violent and brilliantly brutal, Deftones forged a soundscape with album number six that’s as explosive as it is entrancing. Over the course of the record’s eleven songs, vocalist Chino Moreno guides those “experiencing” Diamond Eyes through a wildly warped world before shuttling them off into outer space. The journey feels damn good too, just as good, if not better, then it did when they launched listeners out of this universe on White Pony.
When Bloody-Disgusting.com’s Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) sat down with Deftones’ Chino Moreno we had two crucial questions though…
What movies scare Chino and what was his favorite memory from the legendary “War of the Gargantuas” Tour when Deftones shared the stage with Pantera and White Zombie. Here’s what he had to say… READ MORE
Deftones started playing music way back in 1988 and released their first album in 1995. Since their start they have always wanted to be different from the rest and make awesome music. I feel this is a true statement. Yesterday their sixth full length “Diamond Eyes” has finally come out and I couldn’t be more impressed. Heavy, fierce, atmospheric and dare I say pretty? Read past the break for my review!
Never Got Caught has announced a two week trek with Clutch this June through the Midwest and the south. This is a continuation of a long standing relationship with Clutch as Never Got Caught’s Bryan Hinkley (vocals, guitar) spent years working with the band including helping to write two songs for the band in the studio and playing on 2007’s full-length From Beale Street To Oblivion. Neil Fallon of Clutch returns the favor by contributing vocals to the song “Slipping Out” on Never Got Caught’s recently released full-length Creepshow (They Want More Records).
New England kings, Never Got Caught is comprised of Hinkley, his brother Bill (drums), Paul Dallaire (bass) and Dave Ward (guitar, vocals). The band play rock influenced by kick out the jams 60’s and 70’s fuzz-tone heroes in addition to some lyrically dark 90′s bands such as Morphine or The Afghan Whigs. Working with vintage gear, Hinkley himself uses a 59 Les Paul Jr, a 72 Les Paul Deluxe and his guitar head is a 69 JTM 45. Sonically of a vintage tone, their songs are melodic and hook-laden but there is a powerful underlying current of heaviness gleaned from past metal cred.