It’s time for me to suggest another band for you, the lovely BD readers! This time I’m suggesting Munich, Germany’s progressive rock band RPWL, who have their new album Wanted coming out on April 1st via Gentle Art Of Music/E1. The band originally began as a Pink Floyd cover band and the influences of this are readily apparent (I say this in the best way possible). They released their first album, God Has Failed, in 2000 and have since steadily released either studio or live albums.
The band’s previous album, Beyond Man And Time?, tackled the themes of Neitzsche. But for Wanted, the band turned to a more difficult topic: the ultimate liberation of the spirit. Heavily influenced by Plato, the album features 10 tracks that “…tell a compelling story of courage, doubt, bravery, the unconditional desire to never give in and, ultimately, the belief in what is right.”
Head on below for a teaser of Wanted (which you can pre-order here) as well as the track “Unchain The Earth”. READ MORE
On August 26th, BBC Radio 2 aired Darkside, a radio play written by Academy Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, which incorporates the music of Pink Floyd‘s classic, iconic album The Dark Side Of The Moon. The play was an original commission to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album’s release and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released November 26th worldwide. An animated trailer can be seen below.
Stoppard comments, “When The Dark Side of the Moon was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said ‘You really have to do a play about this album.’ So, when, roughly 39-and-a-half years later, Jeff Smith from Radio 2 asked me if I’d like to do some kind of play around the 40th birthday of the Pink Floyd album, it really wasn’t a very difficult decision.”
The play follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life by a cast of characters portrayed by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and others. READ MORE
Avante-garde rock/metal band Stolen Babies have released an official music video for “Second Sleep”, which comes from their latest album Naught (review). Directed by Ilan Sharone, the video features special FX work by Meats Meier, who has worked with Tool, Puscifer, and Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters.
Vocalist Dominique Lenore Persi comments, “We wanted the video to feel dream-like and echo the vibe of the song. Something is always a little off but not in a way you can put your finger on. When we’re underwater everything is more of a struggle, which adds to the feeling of being unable to control the situation.”
An interview with the band members can be found here. You can check out the video below. READ MORE
When it was announced that the legendary Black Sabbath was reuniting and would be releasing a new album, the music world rejoiced. The very thought of Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Bill Ward all joining each other in the studio to record new music was something that had seemed, for ages, an impossibility. After all, if 35 years since Never Say Die! wasn’t enough to make this seem like a myth, surely the age of each member was enough to be the final nail in the coffin. But no, the band dismissed all, stuck their devil horns in the air, and proclaimed, “We once said ‘never say die’ and we fucking meant it!”
Then came Iommi’s lymphoma and the departure of Bill Ward. Suddenly the fate of the album was cast into doubt and no one knew for certain if it was ever going to see the light of day. Then came the questions of, “Was it even necessary?” But the group stuck to their guns and enlisted the aid of Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk to record all percussion. The album moved forward under the guidance of renowned producer Rick Rubin and 13 was born.
Now, today, the album is available for the world to hear. Have the pioneers of heavy metal been able to deliver yet another album that inspires millions of aspiring musicians or has age tamed these once wild beasts? Find out below. READ MORE
I’m one of those rare breeds that enjoys a long song. I’m not talking five minutes long. No, I’m talking those songs that take their time, that build up passage after passage, that come to a climax that is so strong and beautiful that it sends shivers up and down my spine and goose bumps cover every inch of my arms. So I’ve decided to share some of those with you! Head on below to see my list of 8 Great Songs Over 8 Minutes Long! READ MORE
French progressive metal band Uneven Structure has released a full stream of their EP 8. Originally released in 2009, the band has since “re-worked, re-recorded and re-packaged” the EP to bundle it with their 2011 full length album Februus (which is a fantastic album, I might add).
Guitarist Igor Omodei states, “8, as a collective piece is something we love to play live but the way we do now is quite different from the 2009 EP. So we decided to release this altered version by going back to the drawing board, reworking it, taking advantage of the lineup consolidation and technical progress we’ve been through since the original was out. This is a thank you to our fans for being so supportive and believing in us, and we really hope they will enjoy what we’ve done with it. Whilst they enjoy this, we’re busy in our batcave, working on our second album. We want to get that exactly right as it’s a concept album, the technical aspect is more engaging than on Februus and we’re leaving more room for experimentation which means our writing spectrum is broad as hell.”
Described as “…Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm,“, the 8 EP is available to pre-order along with Februus here. You can listen to the full stream below. READ MORE
The first CD I ever bought was Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon, the classic prog rock album that has become a cultural icon. I had never listened to much Floyd but everyone kept going on and on about it so I just caved and gave it a listen. Yeah, let’s just say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I also grew up in the era of 8-bit video games and the music that they held within. I will always have a fondness in my heart for beeps and boops that are turned into gloriously catchy tunes. That’s why I wanted to share with you the 8-bit chiptunes version of Dark Side Of The Moon as done by Brad Smith. Head on below for the full album! READ MORE
Metallica‘s “Nothing Else Matters” will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the song that made me want to learn guitar (along with the 2nd solo in “Comfortably Numb”). I spent hours and hours practicing the song and to this day it’s something I pull out and play very readily.
So when I heard this major version of the song, I felt more than a little off. I am so used to hearing the song in a minor key and letting the melancholia and sadness was over me that hearing it “happy” is completely throwing me off. It’s not completely perfect and there are some parts where the software obviously got a bit confused but it’s a damn good indicator of what the song would’ve sounded like had it been written as happy. Head on below to check it out. READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax will be releasing an 8-track EP entitled Anthems on March 19th in N. America. The EP features six covers from band such as Rush, Cheap Trick, Boston, and more, and two Anthrax tracks. For their cover of Boston’s “Smokin’,” the band brought in keyboardist Fred Mandel, who has recorded with Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John, and many more.
Drummer Charlie Benante comments on the Boston cover, saying, “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”
Vocalist Joey Belladonna, “These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!” READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
I am a huge fan of 60′s and 70′s progressive rock and I also have a special place in my heart for experimental folk. Something about these styles of music captures my imagination and interest. Perhaps it’s the sense of total and utter creative freedom that these artists seem to exude. Perhaps it’s the wealth of instruments and tones used. In the end, however, it doesn’t really matter as I can just sit back and truly enjoy this music.
So imagine my utter delight upon sitting back with Rhys Marsh And The Autumn Ghost‘s The Blue Hour and realizing that I was entering an album that sounded like it was directly transported from 1970′s UK. With elements of King Crimson‘s In The Court Of The Crimson King and Red as well as Pink Floyd, this album seemed poised to play directly to my tastes. But did that delight linger on throughout or fade as one track ended and the next began? Read on to find out. READ MORE
Savannah, Georgia based sludge metal band Kylesa will be releasing a collection of unreleased tracks, a new song, and alternate takes entitled From The Vaults, Vol. 1 on Nov. 20th. The collection will include the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun”.
Guitarist/singer/producer Phillip Cope explains, “This project has been a labor of love. We have spent over a year going through old songs, covers, etc. and collected those we felt went well together; remixing and finishing them up. We didn’t want to release something just thrown together so we put a lot of thought and time into it. I am really happy about how this came together. I think it is a good representation of Kylesa’s different styles from early on to present day.” READ MORE
A post made by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion) on his Official Facebook page states that a new solo album is nearly finished being written and has an early 2013 projected release date. Wilson states, “…this time I’ve written it all for my live band to play, mostly pretty long pieces (including the piece we previewed on the recent tour “Luminol”).” This album will be the follow-up to 2011′s Grace For Drowning. Wilson is also releasing a live concert Blu-Ray/DVD entitled Get All You Deserve in September. You can watch a performance of “Harmony Korine” below.
The album will be recorded in Los Angeles in September with Alan Parsons overseeing the process. Parsons is famous for being the engineer on Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon as well as his own project, The Alan Parsons Project.
Frequent PT and Wilson collaborator Lasse Hoile will once again tackle album artwork as well as studio videos and live show visuals.
Alright Wilson fans, are you eager for a new solo album or do you wish that Porcupine Tree would be the next priority? READ MORE
This comes in from All Axess and they report that workers, while renovating Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour’s house, were forced to evacuate the singer and everyone on site when they discovered what appeared to be a bomb. Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson tweeted about the event as it was occurring, including the arrival of a Royal Navy bomb disposal team. The team discovered that the metallic object was in fact a World War II-era German incendiary bomb that was missing the ignitor, rendering it harmless. They removed the bomb and the site was declared safe.
Polly managed to snap a photo of the bomb, which you can check out below. READ MORE
A little while ago, I was able to chat with The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary about his approach to composing, what we can expect from season 2 of The Walking Dead, his work with the Angry Video Game Nerd, and his love of Oingo Boingo. Check after the jump for the exclusive interview!
Avenged Sevenfold have released a video for So Far Away off their latest album, Nightmare. The video, directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Megadeth, Pink Floyd), honors late drummer, James Sullivan, known as The Rev. Upon debuting on MTV.com, the server crashed due to the number of viewers. You can check out the emotional video after the jump.
There are times when a great song comes out. And when I say great, I mean that when you hear it, you know it’s something special, something that you want to keep on your iPod at all times so that whenever you have that yearning to hear it, it’s at your fingertips. But then there are tracks that, before it even gets on your iPod, you’ve heard it so many times that even the thought of dragging it onto your iPod makes you clench your fists and grit your teeth. With that, I present to you readers a list of ten rock and metal songs that I’ve heard more times than I could ever have possibly wanted. Check after the jump for the full list.
Photo courtesy here
Also, if there are any tracks you feel should’ve made the list, leave a comment and we’ll get a second issue of this going. Warning: if your song makes me kill someone, I’m blaming you.
The “Ten Creepy Videos Just In Time For Halloween” list was a big hit with you readers. However, as many of you know, there aren’t just ten creepy music videos out there. So, I went ahead and put together another list because this holiday season is just too damn cheery for me. I’ll start you off nice and mellow with The Cure below, but after the jump, there are nine more creepy videos for your viewing pleasure (displeasure?).
The Cure – Lullaby
I have a serious problem with spiders, so the thought of waking up coated in spider webs is nauseating. Also, Robert Smith being eaten by a giant vagina is something to note.
Again we dive into the music of the past with another edition of Bloody-Disgusting’s Retro Review. This months review is on the Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, an album that is still in the top five best-selling albums of all time. Chronicling the story of a man rising to the top only to fall to the extreme bottom. This album changed my appreciation of music and what it meant to really invest oneself into the listening process. So check after the jump for a more detailed look into the 11th studio album from prog-rock giants Pink Floyd.
Recently, Sully Erna of Godsmack fame posted a MySpace EPlaylist of songs that shaped his musical upbringing and his styles of today. Unfortunately for MySpace (and fortunate for us), they didn’t allow any descriptions to be posted along with those songs. Well, Sully sent them on over to Bloody-Disgusting for all of you readers to check out after the jump!
Sully Erna’s solo project, ‘Avalon’, is now available on iTunes
or in stores everywhere, so make sure to pick up a copy!
For more information on Sully’s solo project, check out his official MySpace
Four-time Grammy nominees Queensryche have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band’s label debut, their twelfth studio album overall, is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.
Queensryche have been, and unquestionably remain, one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensryche have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.
It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD
unleashes a new modern day, speed metal trashterpiece, Tales From The Gutter. The self-financed, independently released disc is available now on iTunes
, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now on their MySpace page
Rattlehead has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to present an exclusive video documenting some touring antics and stellar performance from their hometown show at The Whisky in LA earlier this summer. Click on the link HERE
to check it out now.
Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) states: “Hey guys, we just got back from the road a few days ago, and one thing is for sure – this was one hell of a road trip! From the belligerent hundreds of people in cities like Boise, Chicago, and Worcester, to the never-ending bar tabs, house parties, and all sorts of trouble we’ve caused in the past 35 days. We hope everyone that came out to see us had as much fun as us, because we definitely won’t forget the ‘Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour’ (if we can even remember some parts, that is!).
CHECK AFTER THE JUMP FOR NEWS ON O.S.I. AND THE SHOWDOWN! READ MORE
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!
So, about 10 years ago, I went into the local used CD/record store to check their metal selection. I was really big into Metallica and Pink Floyd at the time but I wanted something that was a bit more fast-paced, crunchier, and a bit crazier. As per usual, the counter of the store was stacked about 3 feet high with CDs and LPs they had just bought. And in a weird, almost fate-like circumstance, all of the CDs had their bottom spine showing (the one that has the plastic ridges and no information) showing except for one: Hellbilly Deluxe.