Guitarist Monte Pittman has just released his third solo album The Power Of Three through Metal Blade Records and it’s a blast of pure badass metal with heaps of awesome technicalities that will make any guitarist sit up and take note. Produced by produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who produced Metallica‘s Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All, the album is the follow up to 2011′s Pain, Love, & Destiny. You can pick up your copy via iTunes or Metal Blade.
In a Bloody-Disgusting exclusive, we got Monte to shoot us his Top 10 Favorite Guitar Riffs, which feature some well known licks as well as some badass selections that you might not have heard before! Head on down to check out his selections! READ MORE
Coming next week via Metal Blade Records is The Power Of Three, the new full length album from Monte Pittman, whose guitar work has been utilized by such artists as Madonna, Adam Lambert, Prong, Melanie C, and more. The album is the follow up to Pittman’s second solo album Pain, Love & Destiny, which came out in late 2011. The Power Of Three was produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who produced Metallica‘s Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All.
Pittman just released a video for the new single “Before The Mourning Sun”, which was directed by Vince Edwards. Listening to the track, it demonstrates Pittman’s awesome guitar techniques while also showing that he can write some badass riffs. It’s got a very Mastodon-esque vibe to it, so if you’re into those guys you definitely don’t want to pass up listening to this track.
The Power Of Three can be pre-ordered via iTunes or direct via Metal Blade. READ MORE
Deathgrind masters Cattle Decapitation have landed at #1 on WatchMojo.com’s “Another Top 10 Controversial Music Videos” list for their now infamous “Forced Gender Reassignment” clip, which was directed by Mitch Massie. We premiered the video in 2012 and it has since become an internet sensation, attaining an almost “2 Girls 1 Cup” aura where viewers are challenged to see how long they can last before turning away in horror/disgust/revulsion/whatever.
What’s interesting to note is that this list tackles primarily mainstream artists, such as Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Erykah Badu, as well as others. Even the harder artists in this list, Tool, Korn, and Rammstein, are incredibly popular, so their placement amongst the “mainstream” makes sense. But Cattle Decapitation is not a part of the mainstream, nor have they ever been. To see them on this list is incredibly surprising and refreshing. However, it’s also troubling. READ MORE
Going to a concert is often the very best place to do some people watching. There are always the type of people who view a concert as a time to dress like their favorite band, seeing it like some Halloween-esque occasion where they can emulate and, in a strange manner, become the person they so idolize. Myself? I wear a t-shirt and some jeans. I look a bit like a schlub. It’s what I’m used to.
In any case, it’s still fascinating to see how people dress when they go to a concert. And I’m apparently not the only one who thinks so. Photographer James Mollison, in 2008, took panoramic photos of people who were attending various concerts, be it Marilyn Manson, 50 Cent, Rod Stewart, Motorhead, or many others. Check out the gallery below or a cool audio/visual journey here. READ MORE
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. While many people think that what Lady Gaga does is unique, others claim that Madonna (amongst others throughout history) has done it before. Regardless of any of that, Gaga certainly takes a lot of inspiration from the horror genre. It’s obvious in her music videos as well as in her…well, let’s just say in her odd dress assortments.
Now, horror legend himself Clive Barker has gone to his fans via his Facebook about one of her over-the-top masks, asking if they think she took inspiration from one of the greatest horror icons of all time: Pinhead. Now, the mask doesn’t resemble Pinhead from the films. However, when one reads the description of Pinhead from Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, suddenly things start to click a bit more.
Here’s the description from the book: “Its voice, unlike that of its companion, was light and breathy-the voice of an excited girl. Every inch of its head had been tattooed with an intricate grid, and at every intersection of horizontal and vertical axes a jeweled pin driven through to the bone. Its tongue was similarly decorated.” (Hellbound Heart, Ch. 1)
Check out the mask below and lend your thoughts in the comments. READ MORE
Last night I, along with over 100 million other people, watched Super Bowl XLVI. Did I have any stake or vested interest in either the New York Giants or the New England Patriots? Not really. I honestly rooted for both because they both have Michigan Wolverine alumni on them (go blue!). Also, I wanted to see the commercials (generally a big disappointment this year).
But this isn’t a sports blog or a blog about TV commercials. It’s a blog about music, so I’m going to talk about my reaction to Madonna‘s halftime show and the great many issues I had with it.
I love me some metal. But what you might not know about me is that I also love kicking back to classical and chant every once in a while. So when I hear that the two are mixing, I get a little antsy in my pantsy, know what I mean? Such is the case with Gregorian, who are releasing The Dark Side Of The Chant, an album tomorrow that has them covering bands such as Evanescence, AC/DC, Unheilig, and more. Their cover of Hell’s Bells didn’t really do much for me but I’m really interested to hear Madonna‘s Frozen and Depeche Mode‘s Stripped.
Check out a video after the jump that features sound clips and interviews with several of the members.
This is the first mention I’ve made in the music section about the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation that is going on in Japan. It’s not because I’m an insensitive prick (okay, maybe just a little), but it’s because there wasn’t really much I could relate to the situation. But if we think about it, the people in that situation are dealing with horrors far worse than we can imagine. They’ve lost their homes, their families and their livelihood. But now, we can help.
Several music groups partnered up and have put together a 38-track iTunes exclusive album for $9.99 with songs from some of the biggest names in music, including Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, U2, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and many more. Proceeds from each sale will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. You can get your copy here