In an interview with Loudwire, drummer Danny Carey laid out a tentative timetable for the release of the fifth Tool studio album, which he states will come out in early 2014. He explains, “We could have the record finished by the end of the year — that’s a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we’ll be able to get it out before Christmas.”
Talking about the music of the album, Carey comments, “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”
The album will be the follow up to 2006′s 10,000 Days.
Meanwhile, Carey is taking his jazz group VOLTO! on the road, where we will be catching up with him in Detroit. READ MORE
Detention Of The Dead takes the fun, amiable John Hughes approach to its horror comedy mayhem. As far as entries in the “monsters have invaded our school” sub-genre go, it’s not half bad. While it never quite rises to the heights of Joe Ballarini and Gregg Bishop’s Dance Of The Dead it’s a far sight better than many of the other zombie entries I’ve seen recently. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of the genre though, and now you can check it out. It opens Friday, June 28, 2013 in select cities.
Alex Mann co-wrote (with Rob Rinow) and directed the farce starring Jacob Zachar, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair and Justin Chon.
In the film, “Comedy and Horror unite in this ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ tale about a group of oddball high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of zombies. Can they put their differences aside and work together to survive the night? Fat chance! This is High School after all.”
Talk about a tease. Tool has announced that there will be five certificates placed randomly within the 5,000 21st anniversary reissues of Opiate, which comes out March 26th via ToolBand. What do these certificates grant? No one knows. It’s not being revealed. In fact, you have to be one of the lucky few who finds one to figure out what the prize is. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to find the proverbial “golden ticket”, be a pal and let me know what you got?
For more information on the reissue, head on over here. READ MORE
New Zealand’s TheRock recently spoke with Tool drummer Danny Carey about the current state of the band, including the status of a new album. Carey maintains that a new album will be released by the end of 2013, contradicting a recent statement from singer Maynard James Keenan, who claimed that there would be no new Tool record this year. Carey also comments that, “Justin [Chancellor] has been really prolific on this record…” and that 6-7 songs are being recorded by the various members.
A new album will be the followup to 2006′s 10,000 Days. READ MORE
Tool is by no means meant for the casual listener. Their music defies traditional songwriting, dynamically surges from crushing distortion to soft beauty, plays with time signatures, bears some of the most interesting lyrics available, and doesn’t give a damn about song length to ensure radio play. Add to this list the band’s love of the occult and teasing fans with the possibilities that their lyrics and music hide a deeper meaning. Everything combined makes Tool one of the most challenging, well-respected and fascinating bands releasing music these days.
And so I decided that my love of the band should be used to rank their discography. Having listened to each album more times than I can count, I feel very comfortable in my decisions. Note that I am only doing the four full-length albums and I’m not including the Opiate EP nor the Salival release.
This is by no means an easy task. Having been a fan of Tool for more years than I can easily count, I realize that these albums each represent a different period of my life and I have certain memories associated with each one. Still, I’ll do my best to remain objective. So, join me below to find out my “From Worst To Best” with Tool. READ MORE
With their eighth studio album, Dum Spiro Spero, Dir en grey are preparing to hit the music world like never before. Word is that there will be a massive American blitz to introduce those who were unlucky enough to never have heard of these guys before to the aural insanity that Dir en grey puts forth. Having seen these guys at the Family Values tour in 2006, I can safely say that they put on one of the most intense shows I’ve ever seen. But has that insanity held and intensity held strong through the years and made it onto Dum Spiro Spero? Find out after the jump!
Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s Intronaut, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice. They kick off a massive North American tour with Cynic and Dysrhythmia on Thursday, July 22nd, so be sure to visit www.myspace.com/intronaut
now to view their entire touring schedule.
Intronaut took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).
Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: “Intronaut is beyond stoked to get back out on the road and play some shows with our buddies in Cynic and Dysrhythmia. If you live near any of these cities, be sure to come out! We’ll be playing a few songs off our new record, and I could only assume that the other two bands are going to blow your socks off.