Just like movie remakes, cover songs can be really tricky. Some are fantastic while some are truly god awful that should have never even considered “paying homage” to the original. But when they nail it, oh boy is it something special. Look at the remakes of John Carpenter’s The Thing or Dawn Of The Dead, films that took elements of the original and created something new and exciting. Films like these got me thinking, “What are some of my favorite cover songs? What are songs that payed homage to a classic while creating something original?” So I put together five cover songs that I feel met these requirements for your enjoyment. Head on below for my 5 Great Cover Songs! READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
Hardcore punk group Red Hare will be releasing their debut album Nites Of Midnite on May 21st on vinyl, CD, and through digital download. The band features Swiz members Jason Farrell (Bluetip, Retisonic), Shawn Brown (Dag Nasty, Jesus Eater), Dave Eight (Swiz, Bluetip), as well as Joe Gorelick (Garden Variety, Retisonic, Bluetip). The cover art for the album was designed by Tool guitarist Adam Jones.
Below you can see the artwork as well as listen to the band’s track “Horace”. READ MORE
Talk about a tease. Tool has announced that there will be five certificates placed randomly within the 5,000 21st anniversary reissues of Opiate, which comes out March 26th via ToolBand. What do these certificates grant? No one knows. It’s not being revealed. In fact, you have to be one of the lucky few who finds one to figure out what the prize is. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to find the proverbial “golden ticket”, be a pal and let me know what you got?
All this Nine Inch Nails coverage that’s been going on lately has really put me into a dirty “tech” kinda mood. And since that’s what originally drew me to Walk As Chaos‘s video for “Impasse”, I figured I’d share it once again!
This video has all sorts of influences and inspiration going on within, from Johnny Mnemonic to Tetsuo: Iron Man to Tool‘s video for “Prison Sex”, this Twisted Music Video of The Week is a sci-fi/horror fan’s wet dream! Check it out below and have an awesome weekend! READ MORE
Progressive metal band Tool will be releasing a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate, on Mar. 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release.
The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with Tool on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.
The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.
The packages will only be available via Tool’s website on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place. More details to be announced soon.
Head below for a teaser picture. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
Adam Jones, guitarist for prog-metal band Tool, has posted a mysterious image to his Instagram account. The caption for the image is simply “#soon”. The picture looks like a snippet of something much larger and includes what looks like an eye and a heavily textured cheek. There are definite style nods to Alex Grey, who did Tool’s artwork for Lateralus and 10,000 Days, leading many to speculate that this may be artwork for the long-awaited new Tool record. However, it must be stressed that nothing is confirmed.
You can see the image below. READ MORE
Singer Maynard James Keenan seems to have found a very happy, comforting second home in the form of Puscifer. A project that is challenging and inventive, Puscifer satisfies needs, emotions, and sounds that Tool is unable to provide. And while we all wait for a fifth Tool album, there is something to be said about the investment and energy that Keenan invests into Puscifer.
I’ve made it quite clear that I was never a fan of the first Puscifer release, V Is For Vagina but also how I was completely won over by Conditions Of My Parole. Now I’ve been presented with a new EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night Away. With two new tracks, two covers and three remixes, it’s an interesting beast, one that took more than a few spins to really understand and appreciate. Join me below for my full thoughts. READ MORE
Texas goth-rock outfit One Eyed Doll has announced that they will be supporting Otep on an upcoming US tour. Support will also come from Picture Me Broken, which makes this a full female-fronted tour. The tour kicks off Mar. 8th in Sacramento and wraps up Apr. 18th in Phoenix.
The band will be touring in support of their upcoming fifth independently released album Committed, which will be out later this year. The album was produced by Sylvia Massy (Tool, Johnny Cash, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers). A video for the title track can be seen below along with all the tour dates. READ MORE
New Zealand’s TheRock recently spoke with Tool drummer Danny Carey about the current state of the band, including the status of a new album. Carey maintains that a new album will be released by the end of 2013, contradicting a recent statement from singer Maynard James Keenan, who claimed that there would be no new Tool record this year. Carey also comments that, “Justin [Chancellor] has been really prolific on this record…” and that 6-7 songs are being recorded by the various members.
A new album will be the followup to 2006′s 10,000 Days. READ MORE
In what may be one of the most depressing things I’ve read today, Blabbermouth is saying that Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan spoke to The Pulse Of Radio’s Chilean Radio Futuro that there will be, “…No new disc. Not this year… I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.” According to Tool’s website, the other members (Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey) have been hard at work writing the music and are approximately halfway through.
Meanwhile, Keenan will be releasing a new Puscifer EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19th. The EP will feature some new music as well as a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. READ MORE
Puscifer, the project led by Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, is streaming a new song entitled “Breath”. The track comes off the upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which comes out Feb. 19th and features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You can listen to the song here.
Puscifer, the project from Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, has opened up pre-orders for their upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which will be released Feb. 19th. The EP features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, five remix tracks, as well as two originals. Singer Carina Round is also on the EP.
Cerebral electronic artist Lustmord has completed the recording of his latest album The Word As Power, which is expected to be released later this year. A sample of the track “Abaddon”, which features Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, can be heard below. READ MORE
I got the opportunity to see Tomahawk open up for Tool in 2002 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. To say that I hated the performance is an understatement. I was covering my ears half the time while rolling my eyes the other half. It simply wasn’t music that I wanted to hear, especially considering who would be playing in an hour. I had much the same reaction the first time I saw Meshuggah open up for Tool in 2001.
However, now Meshuggah is one of my favorite metal bands. I simply did not understand what they were doing at the time because I didn’t take the time to really listen and appreciate what exactly they were offering.
And so I entered Tomahawk’s latest release Oddfellows with this type of openness. After all, I have been wrong before. Could I be wrong again? READ MORE
How many of you have thought, “Man, wouldn’t it be just awesome if [insert band name here] toured with [insert band name here]?” I know I’ve done it on more than one occasion. Hell, I do it all the damn time. There are some tour pairings that make so much sense that it simply boggles my mind that the’ve never been done. These are tours that would get fans salivating, drool flowing from the mouth like waterfalls.
So I put together six of my most desired tour pairings, ones where the headliner and co-headliner would not only compliment each other but would take things to an entirely new level. Head on below to see my list! READ MORE
Well, this is it folks, the last day of 2012. It’s been a year just like any others. We’ve had good stuff happen, we’ve had bad stuff happen. But now is the time to look forward and feel excitement. After all, it’s a new year! It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, etc… And what makes things better than some new music, right? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with 14 albums that I just cannot WAIT to get my grubby little mitts on. Check ‘em out below and make sure to leave your most anticipated albums in the comments! READ MORE
In a recent interview with Las Vegas Weekly, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel spilled the beans on the status of a future APC album, stating, “…I’d love to – when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind.” However, Howerdel has his focus elsewhere right now: “…right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs.” Howerdel hopes to enter the mixing phase of the new Ashes Divide album in January or February.
APC’s last album was 2004′s eMOTIVe, which was a collection of cover songs from such artists as Devo, Depeche Mode, John Lennon, and more. There were also two original tracks on that record.
Meanwhile, APC will be performing their sole 2012 show tomorrow night in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. READ MORE
In a recent post on the official Tool website, it looks like everything has been confirmed for the band to appear at Ozzfest 2013, which will take place in Japan on May 11th and 12th. Tool will be the direct openers for Black Sabbath on the 12th while Deftones, Slash, and Slipknot will be the main acts on the 11th. More information can be found on the official website here. READ MORE
Alright, I can’t guarantee 100% that this is the album artwork for Puscifer‘s upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night. Yes, the Pusicfer official Facebook page posted it. However, it’s so…cheap, ugly, amateurish, and terrible that I can’t bring myself to believe that it’s the final artwork. I’m guessing it’s gotta be some kind of joke. It looks like someone put it together in MS Paint (the Windows 95 version). Check it out below if you dare.
The EP will be released Feb. 19th, 2013 and will include a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The band will be performing Apr. 6th, 2013 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile. READ MORE
According to their November Newsletter, Tool members Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey will be continuing the writing process for their fifth full-length studio album, which is as-of-yet-untitled and also has no concrete release date. This album will be the follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days.
There is also a rumor going around the web that Tool will be playing Day 2 of Ozzfest Japan in May, 2013. Confirmed to be on the package is Slash, Deftones, and Slipknot (who will be headlining Day 1), and Stone Sour, and Black Sabbath (who are headlining Day 2). This rumor comes from a website entitled Ozzfest Japan but the Tool newsletter seems rather dubious, stating that they, “…have NOT been told that this is confirmed,” and that they, “…have NOT received anything that could be considered official about any shows.”
While it’s exciting to think that Tool will be releasing a new album and hitting the road, I find it best to not hold my breath and just be patient. It’s almost always worth it.
Avant garde electronic group Puscifer (led by Tool/A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan) will be releasing a new EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19th, 2013. The 8-track EP will feature two new songs entitled “Breathe” and “Dear Brother” as well as a cover of of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a cover of Accept‘s “Balls To The Wall”.
The EP was recorded at Keenan’s wine vineyard, Caduceus Cellars, with the same roster from 2011′s Conditions of My Parole (review) (Keenan, Mitchell, Round, Eustis, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl) and guests Zac Rae (piano), Juliette Commagere (vocals), Josh Morreau (bass) and Claire Acey (vocals).
Puscifer has a few tour dates for late Winter/early Spring of 2013. Check below for the track list of Donkey Punch The Night as well as confirmed tour dates. READ MORE
Post-metal prog band Intronaut are set to release Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), their fourth studio album, on March 19th, 2013. Drums were recorded by producer John Haddad [Exhumed, Phobia] and Derek Donley [Bereft] handled recording for all other elements on the record. It was mixed by Josh Newell and artwork and layout will be done by David D’Andrea who has worked with the band on previous albums. You can watch rehearsal footage of a new song below.
Intronaut’s supported their last album, Valley Of Smoke, by touring extensively with such bands as Animals As Leaders, Cynic, Helmet, and more. They were also tapped as direct support for Tool. READ MORE