Update: You can hear the title track to their upcoming album, Rize Of The Fenix, below.
Holy crap, if this is real then I am in guitar squidilly-doo heaven! Below is a brand new video from Tenacious D entitled To Be The Best. While it plays out more as a short film, the point of the video is that Jack Black and Kyle Gass are back together in training to bring back the D! Featuring guest appearances from Val Kilmer, Jimmy Kimmel, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Groban, and many more, this video is well worth your time! Check it out!
Yes, this is quite the old video. No, I don’t care. Know why? Because I’m currently head banging so hard I think my spine is flapping in the wind. Below you can check out an awesome remix that Meshuggah did for Rammstein‘s Benzin, which originally appeared on the Rosenrot album. To say that the song is heavy is an understatement. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Marilyn Manson has teamed up with actor Johnny Depp to record a cover of Carly Simon‘s You’re So Vain. The track will appear on Manson’s upcoming album, Born Villain, which hits stores May 1st. Depp will be tackling lead guitars and drums while Manson will be handling the rhythm and vocals.
Manson stated that the two decided to record the song because, ”…we thought [it] was ironic for each other.”
Alright readers, we’ve already seen Depp rocking out with Alice Cooper. How do you think this collaboration will fare?
No, this doesn’t relate to horror. No, this isn’t rock or metal. You know what this is? Sheer awesomeness. Yup, that’s the only way to describe it. What you are (hopefully) about to watch is Japanese dance group Wrecking Crew Orchestra doing a TRON light dance routine that is set to some intense electronic/dubstep and is just way too cool for me not to share. So, enough hyping it up. Check out the video below!
In less than a week season 2 of The Walking Dead comes to an end. So, to build up the anticipation (what’s gonna happen next???), I’ve got a pretty badass metal cover of the theme, which is composed by Bear McCreary (interview here). McCreary himself gave this cover a thumbs up via Twitter, saying, “Horns high, dude. Horns high.”
Alright, so this video is a couple of years old but that’s not going to stop me from sharing it with all of you. Covering the classic The Talking Heads song This Must Be The Place, Miles Fisher almost perfectly recreates much of American Psycho, even so much so that many of his facial expressions look eerily similar to those of Christian Bale. I don’t want to spoil too much for you, so check it out below!
I was never a fan of The Smurfs. There wasn’t a single thing about the show that I enjoyed. I was more drawn to Ren and Stimpy, Duckman, Tales From The Crypt, Reboot, Doug, Pirates of the Dark Water, etc… Basically, I liked the darker shows, the ones that had adult themes running throughout that children never really picked up on.
That being said, seeing Smurf puppets sing death metal in German is one of the more intimidating things I’ve seen today. So, below, check out YouTube favorite AndyRehfeldt‘s mashup!
The picture above should cause any prog/djent metal fan’s head to explode. Seriously, just look at it. There’s Devin Townsend. There’s Meshuggah‘s Fredrik Thordendal. Oh, and there’s Gojira! ALL ON THE SAME STAGE! Yeah, I’m slightly aroused and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
This shot was taken when Gojira was rocking the Soundwave Festival in Perth, Australia where Devin Townsend and Fredrik Thordendal joined them on stage to perform the song Of Blood And Salt. There is video footage of the performance below.
Babymetal is back! The Japanese pop-metal group fronted by three preteen girls has a new song entitled Like, which will hit iTunes on March 7th. In anticipation of this release, the group has released a video of a shortened version of the song. You can check it out below.
I love Depeche Mode. No, seriously, they’re one of my favorite bands ever. Playing The Angel is in my Top 10 albums of all time, no joke. I put that album on and I don’t have to skip a single track. Hell, I don’t want to skip a single track! There aren’t many albums I’ve heard like that.
So when I stumbled across this official video for Personal Jesus (Stargate Remix), I just had to share it. It also helps that there is a heavy Salem Witch Trial theme going on here. It just goes to show that you should always check your knots when attempting to drown a supposed witch. Check it out below!
YouTube user BoyInABand has released this pretty awesome djent cover of Skrillex‘s Rock And Roll, which you can watch below. While I’m really impressed by a lot of the individual components of the video (that tone coming from the bass is AWESOME), the overall product seemed to have too much going on at times. Still, it’s very much worth checking out and, if you’re so inclined, you can download the song for free here and make it your weekend theme!
I’m going to lay it out on the line here: I’m getting tired of dubstep. Sure, there are a couple of tracks that I’m cool with listening to now and again. But the simple fact is that dubstep became another fad that people took to extremes and put everywhere. It wasn’t enough on its own, so it became a part of rock/metal (see Korn‘s The Path To Totality for examples). It’s in commercials, movie trailers, blah blah blah. And so, after being inundated by dubstep for over a year, I’m kinda done with it.
Then comes along violinist Lindsey Stirling who posts a video of her rocking the violin to some dubstep. End result? It’s pretty badass. It doesn’t hurt that she can dance beautifully whilst playing AND is rather easy on the eyes (male chauvinism FTW!). Check out the latest track Crystallize below. You can also see my personal favorite Shadows.
I’ve been hooked into Skyrim for the past several weeks. Something about slaying dragons and crafting Daedric armor (f*cking impossible to find daedra hearts) is just so badass in my mind. Hell, the Dead Pixels fellas loved it. Just check out their review.
But one thing the game didn’t have was some killer metal. And lord knows that metal makes any game better!!! So a couple of fellas decided to put together a video of what it would be like to be the ultimate metal Dovahkiin. Oh, and of course they used B.C. Rich guitars. After all, those things look like weapons no matter what the context.
BamBeatz, a up-and-coming hip hop producer from Florida, has decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of Metallica‘s self-titled album (often referred to as The Black Album) and the 10th anniversary of Jay-Z‘s Black by combining the two into a mixtape. The first track, Moment Of Clarity, can be heard below and is also available for free download.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest hip hop fan but creativity in music is something I’m always excited to hear about. That being said, this track started out pretty sweet but quickly devolved into the “boring” territory. Metallica is known as a metal band, not a band that plays the same riff over and over and over and over… Rather, they are a band that uses dynamics to create multi-layered songs. If you’re planning on using the music of Metallica and the vocals of Jay-Z, how about actually using the music of Metallica the way it is meant to be heard: nice and heavy!
Seriously, tell me those two don’t look alike! On the left is actor James Duval, who played Frank in Donnie Darko while on the right is Mother’s Green singer March Giaccari. If you can honestly say that you don’t see the resemblance, here’s a link just for you.
But in all seriousness, Mother’s Green has released a video for Observation For The Day, which comes off the album Swimming In The Sun, which you can order at their official website. The song is pretty damn heavy and definitely a lot of fun. You can check out the video below as well as more info on the album.
Oh Facebook, you can turn me on to some of the most amazing things. The wonders of the Internet have shared with me Sky Sanctuary and their album Insert Coins. Basically it sounds like 16-bit Sega/SNES music mixed with progressive metal and it kicks massive amounts of ass. I guarantee that if this were the background music for Sonic The Hedgehog 2, I probably would’ve broken a controller or two….or ten.
Mashup artist Isonine is at it again, this time mixing Stone Sour‘s Through The Glass with Nicki Minaj‘s Super Bass. The end result is surprisingly effective, even if the video of Stone Sour rocking out all hardcore doesn’t match the music that much. Still, it’s definitely worth a peek and, if you so desire, a download!
Remember a few weeks ago there was this eight year old girl Juliet who made a video for ‘My First Hardcore Song‘? Well, six year old Jacob saw it and decided that she needed to be taught a bit of a lesson. End result? He recorded his own song and kicks it off with some rather stern words for the precocious Juliet. My personal feeling is that Juliet still wins. Her video was adorable and extolled things she loves. His video is basically all about how he’s a bully. Sorry kid, but I’m not a fan of bullies, so Juliet takes this round.
Last Thursday, Newt Gingrich was holding a rally in Las Vegas to garner support for his presidential bid. Well, local grindcore band Traumatic Anal Devastation didn’t take too kindly to that idea and showed up to the rally, plugged in, and were able to get off about five minutes of song time before the police showed up and shut them down. According to Gingrich staffer Terry Foley, it was like, ”…the sound of a tank driving through a minefield.” Meanwhile, band vocalist Chip “Gravelthroat” Corbin stated that the band did this as a statement regarding their agenda for equal rights, animal rights, and support of anti-war movements across the world.
No matter what, I can’t stop laughing at the band name. Absolutely ridiculous. Check out some more information here.
Tool is one of those bands whose music fits perfectly with the horror genre. It’s intense, visceral, brooding, atmospheric, takes its time, and builds to violent climaxes. In short, each song is a journey and you better believe it’s not an easy one to take. That’s why I’m so fascinated with these fan-made videos below. They take the music of Tool and provide visuals from horror movies, creating an amazing relationship that works amazingly well. Below you can see Jambi mixed with Hellraiser as well as H mixed with Eraserhead. You can also check out 46 & 2 mixed with Pan’s Labyrinthhere. Thanks to my friend Sway for the tip!
My friend Allison posted a link on her Facebook wall that had a title that immediately drew me in: “Play The Rings Of A Tree Trunk Like A Record“. Turns out a student by the name of Bartholomäus Traubeck created a project entitled YEARS for the specific purpose of converting thin tree rings into music. He did this by using a Playstation Eye Camera, which read and converted the wood grain into music. This information was fed into a laptop running Abelton Live and the musical output is something directly out of a horror film. So, next time you’re walking alone in the woods, think of this music and savor the chills running up and down your spine as you realize that trees, were they able to sing, would terrify you. Enjoy the video below. READ MORE
It’s Friday and therefore it’s time for the weekend to get it’s ass into high gear! How about you start it up with some ET from Katy Perry! WHOA WHOA WHOA! Before you crucify me, let me finish by saying that it’s a badass djent-metal background with only her vocals and that it kicks ass! Plus, the guy playing guitar (YouTube user TheNocturnal666), is wearing a Weland/Yutani shirt. How freaking sweet is that?! Check out the video below and download a copy for free here. READ MORE
This one slipped completely under my radar but, due to the relatively low video views, I’m guessing most of you haven’t seen it either. Therefore, I can’t wait to hear your opinion on this fan-made video for Tool‘s Jambi. Using incredible stop-motion animation as well as incredibly unique and detailed puppets, this video fits the mood of the song perfectly and definitely has its fair share of horror influences. Watch below and leave your thoughts in the comments!
The video used is clips from Robert Morgan’s short film entitled The Separation. You can see more of his work at his official website.