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
Tool is by no means meant for the casual listener. Their music defies traditional songwriting, dynamically surges from crushing distortion to soft beauty, plays with time signatures, bears some of the most interesting lyrics available, and doesn’t give a damn about song length to ensure radio play. Add to this list the band’s love of the occult and teasing fans with the possibilities that their lyrics and music hide a deeper meaning. Everything combined makes Tool one of the most challenging, well-respected and fascinating bands releasing music these days.
And so I decided that my love of the band should be used to rank their discography. Having listened to each album more times than I can count, I feel very comfortable in my decisions. Note that I am only doing the four full-length albums and I’m not including the Opiate EP nor the Salival release.
This is by no means an easy task. Having been a fan of Tool for more years than I can easily count, I realize that these albums each represent a different period of my life and I have certain memories associated with each one. Still, I’ll do my best to remain objective. So, join me below to find out my “From Worst To Best” with Tool. READ MORE
Last week, Aural Pleasures co-host Bill Frye and myself went to the Palace of Auburn Hills to check out the 2012 Honda Civic Tour. While we missed opening act Mutemath, we caught headliners Linkin Park and Incubus and we wanted to share our thoughts with you! But rather than write a generic concert review, we decided to record our post-concert conversation to get the most amount of authenticity with everything still completely fresh in our minds. Check it out below READ MORE
Yesterday brought you the first in a weeklong series of 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. Today continues the countdown with numbers 20-16. Will your favorite make the list? Check on below for the answer and make sure to get your neck brace ready!
TOOL/Volto drummer Danny Carey has been filmed playing with and talking about the Mandala drum, an electronic drum pad that has near infinite possibilities. Danny talks about how he uses the seven (!!!) pads in his live set-up as well as how he utilizes them to make the drums part of the music rather than just a simple beat. You can watch this video below.
Although no word has yet been released on a release date for a new TOOL album, it has been announced on the official TOOL website that writing is well underway. Knowing TOOL and their writing and release patterns, I’d say that the earliest we’re looking at a new album is the end of this year but more likely early to spring 2013.
What is your favorite TOOL album? READ MORE
One of the big announcements at E3 2012 was EA’s Dead Space 3, which continues the journey of Isaac Clarke, the man who has dealt with WAY too much shit in his life. The announcement trailer made use of Feersum Ennjin‘s “Fishing Grounds”, which comes off their 2011 self-titled debut album. Feersum Ennjin is the band fronted by ex-Tool bassist Paul D’Amour. You can download a free copy of “Fishing Grounds” here.
Oh, and let me just say that this game looks f*%king AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws all over this game and dismember me some necromorphs!
Adam Jones, guitarist of prog-rock giants Tool, recently tweeted a picture of a severed arm with TOOLBAND.COM watermarks covering the image. Upon looking at the official Tool website, it was written that this image was a production still for an upcoming “Tool Project” that is tentatively due in the fall. While no other information has been released, there are a couple of things that can be speculated upon:
1) It’s an image from a new music video, either for a track off of 10,000 Days or from the rumored new album that still has yet to enter recording.
2) It is part of the visuals that will accompany the new album, be it in the booklet or part of the marketing campaign.
What do you think readers? What do you make of this image?
Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
Pusicfer, the project of Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, will be hitting the road for a US tour throughout June. The tour kicks off at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee and ends in Arizona. Presumably joining along will be singer Carina Round who also has a new album, Tigermending, coming out May 1st (details here). You can find all tour dates below as well as a video announcement. READ MORE
While going through the Bloody-Disgusting Forums, I stumbled across a thread started by Anton Crowley which showed videos of Adam Monroe (keyboardist/backing vocals of ASHES dIVIDE) doing piano covers of Tool and A Perfect Circle songs. One of the videos was of my personal favorite track from Mer De Noms, Orestes. I used to play that track over and over again, so upon starting this cover, I was quite apprehensive. Would there still be the same eerily haunting beauty? Turns out the answer is yes. Check out the cover below and allow yourself to get a little lost. 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
This one slipped completely under my radar but, due to the relatively low video views, I’m guessing most of you haven’t seen it either. Therefore, I can’t wait to hear your opinion on this fan-made video for Tool‘s Jambi. Using incredible stop-motion animation as well as incredibly unique and detailed puppets, this video fits the mood of the song perfectly and definitely has its fair share of horror influences. Watch below and leave your thoughts in the comments!