Prog-metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan has announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer, this May. The new album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman’s studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys). The album cover has been revealed and can be seen below.
The band also has several tour dates confirmed, which you can see below. More tour dates will be announced in the near future. READ MORE
Revered trip-hop band Portishead will be one of the headlining acts at the inaugural edition of the Best Kept Secret, which will be held in Hilvarenbeek in the Netherlands. Other acts at this festival include Sigur Ros, Arctic Monkeys, No Age, and more. The festival will be held June 21st-23rd and will feature more than 50 artists across three stages. More information and ticket ordering info can be found here. A trailer for the festival can be seen below. READ MORE
Have we been slamming you with enough lists over the past several days? No? GOOD! Here’s another one for ya!
Now, you should know that I’ve seen more music videos this year than I had well balanced meals. Seriously, I’m watching them constantly. It can get pretty hectic and insane trying to remember many of them but, just like with any other medium, there are ones that stand out and become something incredibly important: they become memorable. And with that in mind, I want to share with you my Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012! Head on below to check ‘em out! READ MORE
Icelandic band Sigur Rós have announced a string of dates in N. America that will see them start playing March 24th in Washington D.C. and finish playing April 17th in San Francisco. The band has also announced that every ticket purchased will net the buyer a new three-track EP that includes new and unreleased music. You can sign up for presales here and check out all tour dates below.
Also, if you haven’t seen it, a fan made video for “Varúð” that is one of the best zombie stories I’ve seen in a long time can be seen below. Seriously, it’s astonishing. READ MORE
Fan made music videos are a tricky thing for me to watch. You see, most of the time, they’re very amateurish and are way too focused on doing exactly what the lyrics or the song title suggest without conveying it properly or in an interesting way. Sorry if I sound a bit elitist, but it’s kinda true.
But then there are those fan made videos that just blow my mind, making me wonder how these people even managed to find such a perfect way to convey the emotion and power of the song. And one such example was just sent to me.
Jeff Ray of Papertank Productions submitted a video for a contest held by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Picked as one of the Top 5 finalists out of over 830 submissions, the video is a heartbreaking tale of a woman in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, waiting for her husband to return home. When he does…well, I’m not going to ruin it for you. I’ll say that the video takes inspiration from 28 Days Later and even a touch of The Walking Dead. Truly, it’s a video that I cannot recommend enough. I think I’ll watch it about five more times today. Now I just have to find out where I put my box of tissues… READ MORE
Sigur Rós is a “love ‘em or hate ‘em” kind of band. Their songs are often very slow and, in a way, uneventful. However, another way to look at them is that they are reflections of our own emotions. We’re not going to experience radical changes from one second to the next (well, this sometimes happens, but it’s not the average). Rather, we dwell in our emotions, let them wash over us and take as long as they need in order to leave or dissipate. That’s how I personally view the band.
Another trademark of the band is that they release incredibly heavy music videos, ones that require afterthought and empathy. And nothing has changed with “Fjögur Píanó”, their newest video, which comes from their latest album Valtari. Rather, this might be one of their most obscure videos yet. Starring Shia Labeouf (who does full frontal nudity in this video) and Denna Thomsen, the video is an artistic view of a failing relationship (my opinion). Beautifully shot but also quite confusing, you can watch the NSFW video below.
Note: You have to be logged into YouTube and older than 18 in order to watch the video. READ MORE
Alright music festival fans, the full Lollapalooza 2012 line up has been unveiled! The main headliners of the show will be Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Black Sabbath. Other notable artists (at least for me) are At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Metric, Madeon, and maybe Bloc Party. Oh, and Franz Ferdinand put on one hell of a show.
I do have to say that I’m excited to hear that Black Sabbath will be performing. It’s good to hear that guitarist Tony Iommi is not letting his lymphoma get in the way of the reunion. It’s this kind of perseverance and tenacity that shows his strength and commitment.
The Chicago music festival will take place August 3-5 in Grant Park. You can check out the full line up and order tickets HERE. READ MORE
I’m a sucker for alternative prog-rock. There’s just enough heaviness to satisfy the metal head in me but there is also a vast amount of tones and effects to appeal to the audiophile in me. Seriously, it’s like I’m an addict and the only cure is more interesting and unique sounds. So when I did a bit of reading and checking into A Liquid Landscape, I was immediately intrigued. They cite influences such as Dredg, Porcupine Tree, Sigur Ros, Karnivool, People In Planes, Tool, and more. Talk about an impressive roster of bands to admire, right? But anyone can claim such bands influence them. The question is can they take those influences and make a unique final product? Is Nightingale Express an album that stands on its own merits? READ MORE