Psychological horror Muse introduces newcomer Samantha Mion as an actress descending into homicidal madness in Los Angeles.
The full Coachella 2014 lineup has been unveiled for the two three-day festivals that will be occurring in April. The first weekend will be April 11th-13th while the second is April 18th-20th. Attendees can look forward to seeing headliners Outkast on the first night, Muse on the second night, and Arcade Fire on the third night. There will also be artists such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Bonobo, Lorde, Disclosure, Skrillex, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, and more. Head on below to check out the full lineup. READ MORE
Hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have released an official video for “Shepherd Of Fire”, which comes from the band’s latest album Hail To The King. The video was directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Muse) and reminds me visually a little bit of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas meets Natural Born Killers. Head on down to check it out.
Alt-rock band Muse has announced that they will be releasing Live From Rome, their brand new live DVD/CD, on December 2nd. The concert was filmed at Rome’s Olympic Stadium in front of more than 60,000 fans and is the first ever live concert filmed in Ultra-High Definition 4K. Pre-orders for the DVD can be found via Amazon.
The band comments, “This is the biggest tour we’ve done in terms of scale and production value and it’s definitely the show we’re most proud of so we’re really excited to be able to release it as the first ever ultra-high definition concert film. It captures an extraordinary amount of detail and not just everything we’re doing – the fans, even those at the back, the set, the actors, and the incredible atmosphere on a very special night in Rome. We can promise our fans, whether they managed to come to the live shows or not, an entirely new Muse concert experience.”
The concert will also be shown in select theaters on November 20th. For theaters and ticket ordering information, head on over here.
Head on down for the full track list and a trailer. READ MORE
Maldivian melodic metal band Nothnegal is gearing up for the N. American release of their self-titled EP on August 6th (July 29th in other territories) and they have teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting to bring you an exclusive stream of the track “Rannamaari”. The track, which you can listen to below, is based upon a Maldivian myth that involves a sea demon, virgin sacrifices, and heavy religious themes.
Guitarist Hilarl explains, “It’s about a mythical sea serpent which seeks a virgin as a sacrifice every full moon. The people of the islands are led to believe this but the truth is that the king is the one seeking these virgins while making the people believe otherwise. Rannamaari is the name of this serpent.”
The EP was recorded at Vakaruge Studios in the Maldives with producer Shamheed, with additional production being handled by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying) and Paul Reeve (Muse). The Nothnegal EP will consist of four tracks and will be released exclusively through digital retailers in North America and other parts of the world.
With Pacific out today, I wanted to bring a music video that is weird, visually engaging, and also has the opportunity to be seen in 3D. Therefore, I bring you “Supermassive Black Hole” from UK alt-rockers Muse! The song comes from the band’s fourth studio album, Black Holes And Revelations, which came out in 2006. Head on below for the psychedelic music video! READ MORE
British al-rockers Muse have released a highly stylized video for “Panic Station”, which comes from their latest album The 2nd Law. Full of tights, Japanese suit monsters, old men in schoolgirl outfits, fur coats, and more, it’s definitely not a boring video. Give it a watch below.
However, I’m just burnt out on Muse. Hell, when I saw them a month or so ago I wanted the opener, Dead Sara, to play the whole set. I guess I miss the Muse of old, the Muse that felt dangerous. This Muse feels safe and limited. READ MORE
Two very different projects got announced this evening. The first of which is Muse, the comeback film of sorts for Nick Palumbo (he of Murder-Set-Pieces infamy). The film will likely have to be cut to receive an “R”, but starts shooting on April 15th. Palumbo wrote and will direct the film. He’ll also produce alongside David Palumbo and James Cullen Bressack for their Fright Flix banner. The film stars Samantha Mion and Patrick Scott Lewis
Per Deadline, “ Psychological horror Muse introduces newcomer Samantha Mion as an actress descending into homicidal madness in Los Angeles. Patrick Scott Lewis (Zodiac) co-stars as a fellow actor.”
On the sunnier, more studio, side of life – Supermax is now a thing. Marc Haimes, who used to be a Dreamworks exec but who has since penned Jitters and is writing the Trollhunter remake, sold the pitch to Paramount via Pacific Rim producer Mary Parent‘s Disruption Entertainment.
Per THR, “The lid is shut tight on Supermax’s plot, but it is described as a high-concept, found-footage project. While the project may be secret, Haimes’ credits reveal it’s likely to be deep in genre territory.”
My guess about Supermax? Set in a prison. Security cams provide the found footage source. Could be wrong though!
About two weeks ago, I went with some friends to see Muse perform at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI. While they put on a pretty entertaining performance, the show was, in my opinion, stolen by the opening act, Los Angeles rockers Dead Sara. With fierce, driving riffs from guitarist Siouxsie Medley, thumping bass lines courtesy of Chris Null, Sean Friday’s thunderous drums, the band had the audience throwing their hands in the air and cheering wildly. Singer Emily Armstrong’s voice blasted the crowd, soaring high at points while other times taking on a raspy, ferocious, vicious snarl, ultimately ending up as a highlight to the performance.
Tonight is the band’s last show with Muse at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Resort.
Below you can find our exclusive one-on-one interview with Emily where we talk the tour with Muse, life on the road, and the future plans of the band. READ MORE
LA rockers Dead Sara have released an official music video for “Lemon Scent”. The song comes from their self-titled debut album Dead Sara, which came out last year via Epic Records. The video shows singer/guitarist Emily Armstrong in a MMA style fist fight with guitarist Siouxsie Medley. The video then ends with an all out brawl that looks pretty painful. Check it out below.
I recently saw Dead Sara open up for Muse at the Joe Louis Arena and was blown away. Honestly, they put on a better show than Muse and with far less flair and style. They just played badass songs and had amazing stage presence, which is really all I need when I go to a show (although some pry never hurts). 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
UK pro rock band Muse have released a video for “Supremacy”, which comes off their latest album The 2nd Law. The video shows various people, all of whom are wearing black metal “corpse paint”, surfing, skateboarding, biking, and more. Oh, there’s also a flaming broadsword. I think that makes the video pretty much a solid winner. Give it a watch below! READ MORE
Just before 2012 ended, I had a chance to catch up with Hollywood Undead‘s Charlie Scene to discuss their upcoming album Notes From The Underground (review), their plans for 2013, and what it was like working with Slipknot‘s Shawn “Clown” Crahan. We also discussed some of Scene’s favorite movies from 2012 as well as his favorite albums. You can check it all out below. READ MORE
2Cellos, the guys responsible for that awesome cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal”, have released an official video for the cover of Muse‘s “Supermassive Black Hole”, which you can check out below. The video features Naya Rivera, who is probably best known from the TV show Glee.
Stjepan Hauser comments, “We love Naya’s sexy voice – it’s perfect for this song! We recreated Muse’s amazing guitar riff on the cello and by using different sound effects, we gave this traditionally classical instrument a more contemporary, rock sound.”
Luka Sulic adds, “We became friends with Naya last year on the set of Glee and this is a perfect follow up to our appearance on the Michael Jackson tribute episode.” 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
Both Alice In Chains and Muse have been confirmed for Rock In Rio 2013, joining Metallica, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Iron Maiden. The festival will take place Sept. 13th-15th and continue Sept. 19th-22nd. Alice In Chains will be performing on Sept. 19th, the same day as Metallica. Muse’s date has yet to be confirmed. More information can be found here.
There hasn’t been much news from the Alice In Chains camp. There is strong speculation that there will be a follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue in Spring of 2013, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. As we hear more, we’ll be sure to let you know. READ MORE
UK rock band Muse have announced the first few dates for their early 2013 N. American tour. There aren’t very many dates locked down and, aside from Detroit on the 2nd, March is completely open. However, there are several Canadian dates, so my neighbors to the North can look forward to seeing the band! Check out the list of dates below.
Muse will be touring in support of their newly released album The 2nd Law, which came out this past Tuesday (Oct. 2nd). READ MORE
Muse has released a video for their current single “Madness”, which comes from their upcoming album The 2nd Law, out Oct. 2nd via Warner Bros. Records (pre-order here). The video is a rather violent, nearly dystopian view of the band doing some simply performing while a man and woman physically flirt with one another, all in the midst of a riot. You already know my thoughts regarding the song and the video didn’t really do much to change my mind. Hopefully listening to the full album will clear things up for me.
Check out the video below! READ MORE
Muse has released a lyric video (with a lot of the lyrics missing) for their newest single “Madness”, which comes off their upcoming album The 2nd Law, out Oct. 2nd (iTunes pre-order). The song is a mellow electronic piece that has definite elements and influence from Prince and even some gospel touches. The video can be seen below.
The problem is that it’s just not a good song. I’m not saying that by thinking of all the awesome songs that Muse has released over the past several years. Even if this were not a Muse song, it would still be pretty boring and uneventful. I’ve forced myself to listen to the song several times and nothing special or unique jumps out at me.
One of my big problems is that Muse is comprised of three unbelievably talented musicians and their skills are basically going to waste here. Matt Bellamy is a wizard when it comes to the guitar, creating unreal tones and sounds. Christopher Wolstenholme is a beast on the bass and is known for his incredible presence. And Dominic Howard is a fantastic drummer that makes perfect use of dynamics.
So what happened here? Where is all that talent? Where is all that skill? I understand that the band wanted to dive into new waters and test new avenues. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw away what makes you such a solid band! Use the skills you have to make those new avenues something unique and incredible, not old hat.
What do you think readers? Are you hearing something that I’m not? Or am I right? Let me know in the comments below! READ MORE
Update: You can hear a radio recording below.
Muse‘s song “Survival” has been chosen as the official track of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer. The song will make its radio premiere tonight and will be available on iTunes tomorrow. The track will be used when athletes enter the stadium, played throughout the venues during the games, the lead up to medal ceremonies, and will also be used by international broadcasters during their coverage of the games.
Singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy stated, “It’s a huge honor to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.”
Muse will be releasing their new album The 2nd Law this September and have plans for world tours in support of the release. READ MORE
X-Japan, one of Japan’s biggest rock artists, is releasing Jade tomorrow, a digital single from the bands upcoming English debut album. Described as a mix between Queen and Muse, the song has mostly English lyrics and is actually pretty awesome! I’m fast becoming a big fan of X-Japan and I’m really excited to hear the new album.
Tangents has teamed with AOL Radio to host a full album stream of their album, ‘One Little Light Year’. Tangents is Derek Kerswill (Ex-Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of The Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill and Witham both say that some of their biggest influences with this album were Radiohead, Muse, Fiona Apple, Yes, Led Zeppelin, and many more. You can check out the album stream HERE.
I got an e-mail a few weeks ago that had my digital copy of Guitar Edge within. Seeing as how Alice in Chains was on the cover and the cover promised several other interesting stories, I started clicking through the pages to see what was new in regards to gear, tabs, interviews and articles. One of the articles/interviews in the magazine was with an Australian band named Karnivool. READ MORE