Alright, I know this is a weird news post. Putting a Meshuggah and Nickelback video side by side? Insanity! But hear me out. The Nickelback song, This Means War, is one of their hard rock/near metal songs that is the rare good track on one of their albums (there’s always one or two) and that ISN’T about drinking or acting like a jackass. Meanwhile, the Meshuggah video for Breaking Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion is super simple and super badass.
Check out the two videos below and leave your thoughts.
Korn has released Chaos Lives In Everything, which comes off their latest album The Path of Totality, as their latest music video. The video sets up the conflict when a skateboarder slams into a businessman who refuses to let it go. A chase ensues and suddenly the businessman is confronted by not one, not two, but SIX skateboarders. After a bit of roughhousing, the businessman grabs a skateboard, tries to break it on the ground, and then suddenly is skating with the kids. End video.
First of all, that makes absolutely no sense. What is that supposed to even mean? That businessmen need to lighten up? How about a compromise Korn? How about the businessman eases back a bit, maybe loosens his tie, IF those skateboarders stop acting like complete dicks. What say you? Think that can be worked out?
Oh, and I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing videos use the whole “we’re gonna show this at normal speed BAM! SLOW MOTION! Okay, back into normal speeBAM! SLOW MOTION AGAIN! Now quick! Normal-SLOW-norm-SLOW-nor-SLOW SLOW SLOW!!!” Seriously, stop now.
Grammy-winning rock band Stone Sour has announced that they are entering the studio to record their fourth album, which is as of yet untitled. The album is the follow-up to 2010′s smash success Audio Secrecy.
Guitarist Josh Rand: “This album will be another progression for the band. Musically, we have always challenged one another to push things to our limits, and this record is no exception. Lyrically, the album follows one character to that complex moment in his life, when he finally has to decide which path to take. It’s a spiritual and moral power play for control of what this man will be for the rest of his life. Each song will tell the story from different sides of the character’s personality, with the listener ultimately deciding how the story ends.”
To celebrate this news, the band has made available a free download of their song The Pessimist, which appeared on the soundtrack to Transformers 3. You can snag the song below.
Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson are perhaps two of the most hardworking, innovative musicians today. It’s not necessarily that they put out vast amounts of material (although Steven Wilson seems to have his fingers in more pies than a bakery on Thanksgiving), it’s more that the material they release is so dense and intelligent that it requires more effort than usual to absorb. So when the two confirmed that they were collaborating on a project together entitled Storm Corrosion, the prog and metal worlds went into a bustle of brainstorming. “What could this collaboration sound like?” “Who would have the greater hand in the overall sound?” “WHEN WAS IT COMING OUT????“
Well, on May 7th, this self-titled release will hit shelves and I wanted to weigh in with my opinion. Is it a worthwhile journey or did the collaboration of two stellar musicians fail to produce all that was hyped and hoped for?
Next week sees the release of Enslaved, Soulfly‘s eighth studio album (iTunes preorder). In anticipation of this release, BD Music caught up with singer/guitarist Max Cavalera to discuss the album, his autobiography, and the video for World Scum. Rather than transcribing this interview, I chose to leave it as an audio interview because the passion of Max when talking about the fans is something I feel needs to be heard. It just wouldn’t have worked in writing.
A few days ago there was a rumor circulating the Internet that former Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach had rejoined the band. Well, today comes the confirmation that this is, in fact, completely true! Leach went through the same audition process that countless other singers went in for and was chosen by the band to fill in the spot left vacant by Howard Jones.
Below are statements from the band as well as Jesse Leach.
The official Killswitch Engagewebsite has been updated with only two links (merch and tour dates) and a new splash image (above) that features the band, along with former (and possibly returning) singer Jesse Leach. A picture is worth 1,000 words, so while nothing has been confirmed by the band or label, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Leach is back in the lead vocalist spot.
Alright readers, is that what you expected? How do you feel about this?
DragonForce have set The Power Within as the title of their upcoming fifth studio album. This album will be the first with new singer Marc Hudson and is scheduled to come out April 17th. Full tracklisting is below.
Guitarist Herman Li states, “The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. This time around we’ve really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we’ve ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet.”
Can I just say that the album artwork (above) is seriously uninspired and looks terrible? Really, the could’ve tried to come up with something that at least didn’t have such painfully noticeable Photoshop layers. Also, these guys are still around? I honestly thought they were done when Guitar Hero called it quits.
Although a Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tour was confirmed by Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, there weren’t any tour dates or official statements to back up the claim. Well, that has all changed now as the full touring schedule has been released! Dubbed the Heritage Hunter Tour, the trek will see the three bands touring from April 4th until May 12th. I’m personally more excited for this tour than any other one in recent memory. Looks like I’m heading to Grand Rapids!
Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt: “We’re touring North America together with Mastodon soon. Nice! One of the very few metal bands of today that I genuinely like. Good people too! Ghost are coming with us as well, and they are one of the hottest new bands to come out of Sweden in recent years, and I dig them too. I sound like an old fart, don’t I? Well, I am.
“Yet, am I right in thinking that this tour, this line up, is pretty decent? Would you all agree? Not complete s—, is it? Hope to see y’all out there! What are we playing? Not sure yet, but considering the company, maybe we’ll have to pull out the big guns from time to time. In order to keep up, I mean.”
In a recent interview with Studio Brussel, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Mastodon confirmed a N. American tour with Swedish prog metal band Opeth and Swedish NWOBHM band Ghost. When asked about the future plans for the band, Sanders replied, “We go to Australia take part in the Soundwave Festival, which is going to be lovely… Take a short break. Do a North American tour with Opeth and Ghost.” As of now, no tour dates have been confirmed. Below are some videos you can check out to see how perfectly everything goes together.
Okay, my mind is blown. This might be one of the best lineups I’ve seen in a LONG time. Each of these bands has incredible music and the thought of getting to check out Ghost on the big stage is unreal. This is one of those shows that I’ll come to early, make sure I get a great view, and then I won’t move for the rest of the show. Beer server! Bring me more ale!
Korn has announced a short string of tour dates as a second leg in support of their latest album The Path Of Totality. The tour only has eight stops but manages to go nearly shore to shore (sorry East coast). Support on three dates will come from Kill The Noise while vocalist Jonathan Davis will be debuting his own DJ set under the moniker J Devil.
While I haven’t heard the album, people keep telling me that it’s actually pretty enjoyable. What say you readers? Who’s listened to it and what are your thoughts?
Only two days ago it was announced that singer Howard Jones and Killswitch Engage were going their separate ways. While the band did not go into details regarding this split, Jones has decided to be much more open and give the full reason. If you’re looking for something juicy or controversial, you’d best be served looking elsewhere. Instead, this is just a simple case of a relationship coming to an end. Check out Howard’s official statement below.
And here comes the first shocking news of 2012: Killswitch Engage and their vocalist, Howard Jones, have parted ways. From the sound of the official statement (which you can read below), it looks like the band decided to end things with Howard, but won’t say why (let the rumors fly!). The band also hints at the prospect of a new record “…in the not too distant future.” Fingers crossed, eh? READ MORE
In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan stated that the band will be recording another album: “No one will push it, because it’s going to be a big one. It’ll be closer to ‘Iowa’, but it’ll be sadder and crazier. And really thought provoking, it could even be conceptual. We’re still taking some time to reflect on our brother [Paul Gray]. Everybody needs to be collecting thoughts so they can get it out and no one has really had time to collect thoughts yet. But we’re the fucking ‘KNOT. And when we come out, you’ll know your band is done.”
However, singer Corey Taylor has many times said that he is unsure if the band will record another album. In fact, speaking to the same magazine in August, Taylor said, “It’s still too soon. At least that’s how I feel. I’m not ready to make a Slipknot album.”
Guys, no offense, but you all need to get your story straight within your own camp before releasing conflicting stories. I’m all for a new Slipknot album but I need to see every member have the same energy and conviction as the other. Take your time, collect your thoughts, grieve, do what you need to do. Then come back and show me what you all can do. I know you’ve got it in you.
Nightwish have announced January 10th, 2012 as the release date for their upcoming album Imaginaerum. It’s their first new release since 2007′s Dark Passion Play, their first album with new singer Anette Olzon. This new album is going to also be the soundtrack to a feature film with the same name.
Keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen states, “It was important from the very beginning that the album would work as its own individual piece of art, as well. It is a thematic album about life itself, about imagination, love, goodness and beauty, with a touch of darkness and melancholy, which are strongly included in all of those things mentioned.”
Check after the jump for news about Orphaned Land, White Willow, and New Medicine.
Australian metalcore act The Amity Affliction have released a video for Youngbloods, the title track off their latest album, which came out last year. The album nearly won Australia’s Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal award at the 2010 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards. The video is a pretty standard metalcore video with shots of the band performing in front of a crowd mixed in with shots of skateboarders.
Can someone please explain to me why metalcore and skateboarding seem to go hand-in-hand so often?
A couple of new music videos have hit the web today that I wanted to share with you. The first is Born To Lose from The Devil Wears Prada. Visually, it’s actually really cool. I dug the tone and atmosphere and the song worked quite well with the imagery.
The second video we’ve got here is an actual official video for Korn‘s Get Up. Personally, I find any video of a band rocking out in front of a crowd to be boring, generic and plain. Honestly, I was hoping for something a bit more visually stimulating, especially considering that this is a reinvented Korn sound. Oh, and for a song that says “Feat. Skrillex“, I’d think they’d somehow get him into the video. Perhaps I’m asking too much.
On November 1st, Slipknot will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of Iowa, their second full-length album. The reissue will be 2 CDs and 1 DVD. The first disc is the original album with an additional track, a remix of My Plague. The second disc is the audio from the Disasterpieces live DVD. The DVD features a one hour film directed by Clown, which has all new interviews and never-before-seen footage. Also on the DVD are four music videos.
You can check out all the track list information after the jump.
If there is one thing I’ve noticed about you BD Music readers, it’s that you’re big fans of DevilDriver. I’m in 100% agreement as the band kicks all sorts of ass! Well, don’t think I don’t pay attention to you all because BD Music has just scored the exclusive premiere of the new DevilDriver lyric video for You Make Me Sick! Looking like it belongs during the opening credits of Se7en, this video oozes grime, filth and violence, much like the song itself.
Self-proclaimed “spooky metal” band Coal Chamber is reuniting for several Soundwave dates in Australia. According to singer Dez Fafara, who also fronts Devildriver, this will be your only chance to see the reunited band play live again.
Check after the jump for quotes from Dez Fafara, drummer Mike Cox, and guitarist Meegs Rascón.
Around for nearly 20 years, Machine Head have been tearing up the metal scene and have earned themselves a place amongst the titans of metal. Their dedication, progression, and consistently intense albums make for a metal band that well deserves the communities respect and admiration. Now, with their 7th studio album, Unto The Locust, Machine Head is again treading into new territories to deliver a metal album that shocks and awes the listener with its intensity and ferocity. However, have they succeeded or fallen flat? Check after the jump for the answer.