Bloody-disgusting continues their team up with Dark Horse Comics to deliver yet another free issue for you to feast your lovely eyes on. This week we are pleased to bring you the first issue of “Orchid”, written by Rage Against The Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, with artwork from Scott Hepburn. Our guy Big J also did an in-depth interview with Morello about the series that you can check out here. Hit the jump for the free issue of “Orchid” #1 and be sure to thank the folks at Dark Horse. READ MORE
Tom Morello can be described many different way and his resume of accomplishments is unparalleled. As the guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, Audio Slave, and Nightwatchman, Morello’s unconventional style challenged conventional guitar playing and re-imagined rock guitar for a whole new generation. Rolling Stone Magazine named him one of their “100 Greatest Guitarists” and his accomplishments on guitar stand up to the greats like Hendrix, Page, Rhoads, and Wylde. On top of his accomplishments as a musician, Morello’s commitment to political activism that is truly inspiring as he’s spent time helping organizations like Sweet Homes New Orleans post-Katrina and Amnesty International.
Now Morello can add author to his resume, as he’s just completed the 12-issue comic book series, “Orchid”, for Dark Horse Comics with artist Scott Hepburn. “Orchid” is the story of a teenage prostitute living in a post-apocalyptic future and trying to survive under the brutal rule of tyranny. After watching her mother get brutally murdered in front of her own eyes, she is empowered to become the leader of the uprising and overthrow the oppressive government using the powers of an ancient relic. Morello adds horrific monsters and political messages into the mix to create a powerful and emotionally compelling tale of sacrifice and redemption that is truly larger than life.
Morello was kind enough to sit down with Bloody-Disgusting to chat about the conclusion to his 12-issue epic, post-apocalyptic dystopia in “Orchid”. Throughout the interview Morello comes across as a intelligent and passionate artist that has a true passion for the creative process, which he spills out on the pages of “Orchid”. He spoke at length about how he successfully made the transition from rock god to comic book author, and how Orchid artist Scott Hepburn managed to squeeze some bloody beheadings into the book. READ MORE
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath are currently celebrating the fact that 13, their new studio album, landed at #1 on the Billboard Music Charts. In Denmark, the band is promoting their album with a really cool ad campaign that shows the band’s logo behind the remains of several layers of posters. Considering this is the first new Sabbath album in 18 years, it’s almost as though 18 years of posters have been placed over their name only for them to explosively burst through. The photos can be seen below.
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
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath has released an official music video for the new single “God Is Dead?”, which comes from the band’s new studio album 13 (out tomorrow). The video mixes classic performance of the band with new, heavily effected scenes that call to mind John Carpenter’s They Live mixed with global despair. It’s a video that is very applicable in that it calls to mind the Occupy movements as well the riots and revolutions that are occurring around the world. Check it out below. READ MORE
Black Sabbath, the originators of heavy black metal, have made their new album 13 available for streaming via iTunes. Simply open up iTunes, go to the iTunes store, and click on the big Black Sabbath banner. Also, make sure to pre-order the album here.
Produced by Rick Rubin, 13 is the first Sabbath album since 1978′s Never Say Die 35 years ago to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne. He is joined by original guitarist Tony Iommi and original bassist Geezer Butler. The group had a very public falling out with original drummer Bill Ward which included public letters and statements from both parties. Drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) filled in for drum duties.
I’m listening to the album right now and loving it so far. It’s a throwback to a time when metal was sinister, heavy, and didn’t rely upon shredding or insanely fast rhythms to elicit head banging. READ MORE
Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath have finally released the first single from their upcoming album 13, which comes out June 11th. Entitled “God Is Dead?”, the song is a dark, foreboding, sinister rocker that has all the earmarks of a classic Sabbath track. And for those of you who doubted Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, rest assured that he nailed his role and brings a solid performance that doesn’t seek to stand out or dazzle but rather fit in perfectly with what the band is doing. Give the song a listen below! READ MORE
Heavy metal icons Black Sabbath have released another in-studio video that shows Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler discussing what it’s like working together again. Producer Rick Rubin and recording drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) also chime in on what it’s like working with the three legends. You can watch the video below.
British heavy metal band Black Sabbath have unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming album 13, which comes out June 11th. The band has also released a short teaser of new music, which you can hear below. 13 is produced by Rick Rubin and features Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums.
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive first listen to Device‘s cover of the classic song “Close My Eyes Forever”. This cover sees singer David Draiman (Disturbed) take on Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals and is joined by Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who tackles Lita Ford‘s parts. The song will be hitting radio later today, so keep your dials tuned in! Head on below to listen to the track as well as to see Draiman explain how the song came about!
Device‘s upcoming self-titled debut features ex-Filter guitarist Gene Lenardo, who co-wrote the album. Joining as the touring incantation is Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
The self-titled album features guest appearances from Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). The album comes out April 9th and can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
Rapper LL Cool J will be giving fans a dose of hard rock and metal on his upcoming album Authentic (out April 30th) by having guest appearances from guitarist Eddie Van Halen and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Rapper Snoop Dogg will also be making an appearance. Van Halen will be featured on the 12th track of the album. Website VHND is stating that the name of the track is “Getting Paper” but that this title was announced last month and may be out of date.
Head on below for a picture of LL Cool J with Van Halen in the studio. READ MORE
British heavy metal band Black Sabbath have uploaded a new studio update video that includes interviews with members Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler as well as drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and producer Rick Rubin. Also included in the video are snippets of new songs, which come from the band’s upcoming album 13, the first studio record with Ozzy since 1978′s Never Say Die. Head on below to see the video.
Device, the project from Disturbed vocalist David Draiman, has released a 30-second teaser for their upcoming single “Vilify”, which hits radios Feb. 19th. The self-titled album will be released Apr. 9th. The project features Draiman on vocals and Filter‘s Gene Lenardo on guitars. Various guest musicians are on the album, including Lizzy Hale (Halestorm), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and many more.
You can hear the sample below. READ MORE
NWOBHM pioneers Black Sabbath have released a video showing the band in the studio recording their new album. It is the first Black Sabbath album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978′s Never Say Die!. The recording lineup features original guitarist Tony Iommi and original bassist Geezer Butler with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk recording as a session musician. The album is being produced by Rick Rubin (Metallica, Slayer) and will be released this year.
The video plays off almost like a mini-documentary with interviews from each of the members (sans Wilk). They all detail what this album means to them, with Osbourne stating, “This Black Sabbath album is quite possibly the most important album of my career.
You can watch it below. READ MORE
Los Angeles rock band Falling Still will be releasing their self-titled EP debut on Feb. 26th. Fronted by Eric Podnar (who starred in the 2008 Deadgirl), the Michael Parnin (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Rage Against The Machine) produced and engineered EP will feature six tracks
Podnar states, “With the EP, we feel like we’ve finally created the music we always wanted to make. The record really paints a clear picture of what we can do with our sound. It’s loud and exhilarating and it immediately grabs your attention and refuses to let it go.”
Below you can watch the video for “I Am The Dr.”, which was directed by Troma’s Trent Haaga (who also starred in and directed the BD Selects film Chop) as well as their current single “If U Stay” (also directed by Haaga). READ MORE
Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have announced that their first studio album in 30 years will entitled 13 and will be coming out this June. Not only that, but the band has revealed the recording drummer as Rage Against The Machine‘s Brad Wilk, who took over drum duties after original drummer Bill Ward stepped out of the reunion. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded primarily in Los Angeles.
Alright Black Sabbath fans, who’s chomping at the bits for this? Talk to me here! READ MORE
David Draiman (singer of Disturbed) has let loose some details surrounding his industrial band Device. The first bit of information that has come forth is that the first single “Vilify” from the debut record will hit radios on Feb. 19th. A video is being filmed today. Next is that the record has a tentative release date of April 9th.
The album will have guest appearances from Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Lizzy Hale (Halestorm).
The live band will see Draiman supported by drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Dark New Day) and guitarist Virus (Dope). 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
LA hip hop/rock/funk band Rage Against The Machine will be releasing a 20th anniversary remastered edition of their self-titled debut album on Nov. 27th. The deluxe edition features 2 CDs, 2 DVDs, and 1 LP and can be pre-ordered here.
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
The idea of mixing hip-hop with rock is not a new one. However, there have been very few artists that have made it work. Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine took elements of both to create something fresh and unique that was wildly successful. However, for every success case, there have to be at least 100 failed attempts. So, when I got a copy of ‘Birth, School, Work, Death‘ from Hyro Da Hero, I admit that I was very skeptical. Could Hyro pull it off? Find out after the jump.