Friday, September 19, 2014

Music Video Round Up For September 19th, 2014

Going through my playlist at the end of a work week is like the toast to the weekend; especially when you have been gone away on vacation for the past week with no contact with the outside world.  YouTube playlists and subscriptions coming out my ears so sometimes it's rather hard to follow each upload unless doing a round up such as this.  I hope this will make the starting of your weekend energetic, whether you are going into work or escaping from it.

Apologies in advance for those who loathe my video articles but there are just too many great clips out there to ignore.  So if you do not have the bandwidth to watch this video, then too bad!  Hahaha just kidding.

So for the slower connections just load the article, go for a coffee/glass of water, return, play and enjoy!  This will surely be one of my playlists for the end of the work day and hopefully doesn't keep your eyes glued to the screen for too long.  Cheers and happy Friday!

**Please note that this week's round up was quite extensive and therefore did not have all the normal information posted below.  Please click on the hyperlinks of each video to find out more about the artist and album releases.**



Emarosa - I'll Just Wait:




Hexaflex - Monster:




New Found Glory - Ready and Willing:




Circa Survive - Suitcase:




Circa Survive - Sharp Practice:




We Are Human - New Scars, Old Habits:




For The Fallen Dreams - Bombay:




Burning Down Alaska - Savior:




Crimson Shadows - Heroes Among Us:




Monuments - Atlas:




The Haunted - Eye Of The Storm:




Red Seas Fire - Compass:




Secrets - Dance of the Dead:




Avenged Sevenfold - Chapter Four (Live Footage Video):




Gary Clark Jr - Travis County (Live):




Gary Clark Jr - If Trouble Was Money (Live):




Nightwish - Last of The Wilds (Live):




Anthrax - A Skeleton In The Closet (Live):




Darkest Hour - Wasteland (Play Through):




Darkest Hour - Rapture in Exile (Play Through):




Stray From The Path - Landmines (Play Through):




Devil You Know - My Own (Lyric Video):




Eluveitie - The Silver Sister (Lyric Video):




Matty Mullins - 99% Soul (Lyric Video):




Matty Mullins - More Of You (Lyric Video):




Matty Mullins - By My Side (Lyric Video):




Exodus - Salt The Wound (Lyric Video):




Shreddy Krueger - This Could Be Anywhere In The World (Alexisonfire Cover):




Shreddy Krueger - My Hero (Foo Fighters Cover):




Black Veil Brides - Faithless (Audio):




The Francesco Artusato Project - Omega (Audio):

New Music Discoveries: Michael Franti & Spearheard

Since it's a Friday and I have been on vacation since last week, I thought to share some music introductions I had rather than trying to play catch up with music releases, new videos, and news that has passed over my head since last Thursday.

So it was a manly kind of weekend where the beards were in full tilt, outdoor survival tools became essential, and of course a mini speaker pumping out some great tunes when making camp.  I will be the first to admit that most people take the back country camping adventure as a means to escape urban life and the noise that comes along with it.  I use it as an opportunity to listen to my music in both a different atmosphere and without any stresses or anxiety creeping up the back of my mind.

It's a typical playlist for out in the woods.  Crack a beer (if you have enough stamina to carry it with you to camp), bust out the organic food we've been saving for our first night in the woods and throw on some relaxo tunage.  Seems like a good picture if you can imagine the sunset and stars coming out.  A few people (including myself) brought a variety of tunes to go along with the trip.  As I listen to a plethora of music (which can be a bit obscure at times), I could see that people were not feeling my angry saxophone jazz vibe of Trioscapes or the (somewhat) over killed spinning of The Sheepdogs so I thought 'stop playing DJ and see what everyone else wants to hear'.  Especially in music, it's good to remember the rule of 'two ears, one mouth'.

One of my camping buddies (thanks Jeff!) brought a great selection of tunes that were perfect for warm campfires in cold evenings.  One of the artists I took a liking to was Michael Franti & Spearhead.  I am not sure what particualr album he was playing at the time (either 1997's "Chocolate Supa Highway" or 2001's "Stay Human") but the mellow laid back tunes made it easy to enjoy with a cup of coffee/tea.  The music had a fine blend of funk, folk, rock, jazz, rap, reggae, and practically anything else you could throw in the mix.  I'll admit that his older material I was introduced to had some political meanings behind them (and very much had the hip-hop sound to it), but the transition into who he is now is very admirable.  See video below for clarification...



Feeling like a noob at this point, I had no idea that Franti's catalog spanned well over 25+ years of making music with 11 studio albums (both solo and with Spearhead).  As I have not dove into his work too much yet, I was very impressed with the older material I heard on my camping trip, as well as the newer tunes like in these music videos.  Nothing specific came to mind of why this artist resonated with me.  Sometimes that gut feeling kicks in and when the music starts making the neck groove, you just go with it.



So there is my weekend recommendation.  Check out Michael Franti (& Spearheard) if you're looking for that cup of java on the weekend morning or to get your workday jump started in the right direction.  Cheers and be sure to give us your new music discoveries as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Random Music Quotes: Coyle

“This is the end!” This is the emphatic, anthemic line in the God Forbid opening track from the album IV: Constitution of Treason, which was released during the peak of our powers in 2005. In fact, it wasn’t the end. The end came much later. At the time, it felt like we were invincible, destined for heavy metal immortality. And we were in the lower tier of the NWOAHM (or Metalcore or whatever you want to call it) in all metrics for determining the success or popularity of bands. If you look at album, ticket, and merchandise sales, Myspace friends, Youtube views, Facebook “likes”, or the ever mystical buzz on the street, God Forbid was probably never half as big as any of the rest of the Big 4 of Quitters (I should trade mark this) including Bleeding Through, Shadows Fall, and now Chimaira. Knowing that, even we felt invincible. That’s how intoxicating achieving any discernible success with your art can be. Shadows Fall and Chimaira hanging it up in the last couple weeks have brought an outpouring of sadness, shock and disappointment from fans. It seems like the end of an era, and maybe it is.


Hearing that these great bands are moving on makes me sad and disappointed, but not shocked. The truth is that amongst peers a good majority of our conversations have to do with figuring out how to stay relevant by finding new audiences, getting great tours, signing with the right label, writing the next game changing album, and more. Teetering on the edge of existence has been much of our collective realities for half of our careers. As the O.G. quitter, I’m here to explain why this is happening and why you shouldn’t be surprised.

Read the entire article here.

Music News and New Music For September 11th, 2014

So of course, when running your own blog it can be tough to keep up with the s**tload of stuff that comes across our ears over a weekend!  Some good, some bad, some not even worth mentioning.  I guess that's how I use AFGM in general.  These articles that I go through everyday from various sites (Blabbermouth, CBC, National Post, AV Club, Google, Wired, Exclaim, Music News, Rolling Stone, etc.) and sort of "filter" some of the nonsense news such as the latest fashion design, who's got beef with who and who ISN'T doing music...still.

These articles brought forth are for a few different reasons:

1. It is relevant music information that pertains to you as a reader, no matter the level of intent or the genre.

2. They are relevant to the music I would be currently listening to or a genre I have put some attention and focus on.

3. I am rather patriotic about my Canadian music, so that always comes as a first for me.  I enjoy music from all parts of the world respectively, but I still have to promote local if I can.  Canadian music rocks!

4. Because it's humorous and we can always use a good laugh.  Rarely will it be at someone's expense...but then again I am just the guy talking about it.  They're the ones causing the comments.

So in closing, I trust you all will not read EVERY single article posted here.  But I hope you find something of use here and keep the conversation going by forwarding it onto someone else.  Click on each article heading for redirection to the full article.  Cheers!



Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Discuss 'Gone Girl' Soundtrack:

"That process frees me up to lose myself in raw composition, impressionistic stuff almost.  And I can leave the room, catch my breath while he's mocking it up, and when I come back in, four out of five times, it's better than the thing I had in my head. Without me saying one word." -Reznor


The Flaming Lips Get Their Own "Space Ring" Guitar Pedal:


"height ............... 57 mm
width ................. 92 mm
depth .............. 118 mm
weight ............ 12.2 oz
current draw .... 1.2 mA

Limited Edition ring modulator. Only available from this web site September 2014."


Mouse Trap: Deadmau5 Preparing for Legal Battle With Disney:

"The deadmau5 front facing mau5head is a registered trademark in 30 countries worldwide.  In June of last year, deadmau5 applied to register the front facing mau5head with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Disney is now opposing the U.S. filing.  Given that the mau5head and other identifying deadmau5 trademarks have been used in the U.S. and around the world for almost a decade, we wonder why Disney is only now coming after deadmau5. Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property." -Dina LaPolt (Deadmau5's attorney)


Deadmau5 Responds to Disney with Cease and Desist:



GENE SIMMONS: 'ROCK IS FINALLY DEAD':

"I am so sad that the next 15-year-old kid in a garage someplace in Saint Paul, that plugs into his Marshall and wants to turn it up to ten, will not have anywhere near the same opportunity that I did. He will most likely, no matter what he does, fail miserably. There is no industry for that anymore. And who is the culprit? There's always the changing tide of interests — music taste changes with each generation. To blame that is silly. That was always the exciting part, after all: "What's next?" But there's something else. The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And the real culprit is that kid's 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he's jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won't, because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it."


FOO FIGHTERS Respond To GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Remark:

"Not so fast, Mr. God of Thunder...RT: @esquiremag Gene Simmons declares "rock is finally dead""


Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Allegedly Plotting Solo Album:

"According to our sources, one half of Daft Punk, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, is currently register[ing] a solo album in the near western suburbs of Paris. Of course, no release date has yet been scheduled, but what is already known is that it will be full of guests on this album vocal solo, including the presence of Charlotte Gainsbourg."


My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Helps Aspiring Producers via His Own Scholarship:

"BIMM Dublin has recently launched an exciting new private course for September 2014, the 3 year BA (Hons) in Music Production validated by UWL (University of West London). Additionally, BIMM Dublin is pleased to announce The Kevin Shields Music Production Scholarship, which offers one student the opportunity to take this 3 year course free of charge."


George Harrison to be Honoured with Tribute Show Featuring Brian Wilson, Weezer, Weird Al and Many More:

"The concert will take place on September 28 at Los Angeles' Del Rey Theatre, boasting a lineup that includes Brian Wilson, Weezer, Weird Al Yankovic, the Cold War Kids and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer of the Killers, and members of the Strokes are also set to make appearances."


Neil Young's Orchestral Album Reportedly Called 'Storytone' and Due in November:

"Fan Tumblr Forever Neil Young has unearthed some clues that point to the release of a new Neil Young orchestral album later this year. German composer Chris Walden has updated his website to indicate that one of his recent projects is “upcoming Neil Young album Storytone (out Nov 4).” The exact date has since been removed, but the note about the new album still remains. NME also points out that music contractor Gina Zimmitti has recently posted photos that show Young working with Walden and a big band orchestra to record the new album. Earlier this year, Young quietly released a covers album called A Letter Home."


Usher Announces "The UR Experience" Tour with August Alsina:

11/01 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
11/02 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11/04 Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/05 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
11/07 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11/10 Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11/11 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11/13 Boston, MA - TD Garden
11/14 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
11/15 Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
11/17 Chicago, IL - United Center
11/18 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
11/21 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
11/22 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
11/26 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11/27 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11/30 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
12/02 Broomfield, CO - 1STBANK Center
12/04 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
12/05 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
12/06 New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
12/08 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
12/09 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
12/12 Orlando, FL - Amway Center
12/13 Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
12/14 Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum




New Order Sign to Mute for New Album:

"This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future." -Daniel Miller


Nickelback To Release 'No Fixed Address' In November:

"New Album Coming November 4th"

1. Million Miles an Hour
2. Edge of a Revolution
3. What Are You Waiting For?
4. She Keeps Me Up
5. Make Me Believe Again
6. Miss You
7. Get 'Em Up
8. The Hammer's Coming Down
9. Satellite
10. Sister Sin
11. She's Got Me Runnin' 'Round


"Brian May's Red Special: The Story Of The Home-Made Guitar That Rocked Queen And The World" Release Date:

"My dad and I decided to make an electric guitar.  I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a 'good' way.'" -May


BILLY CORGAN May Break Up SMASHING PUMPKINS Again:

"When this [new album] process is over, I'm either going to bail on this ship for good, like 'I'm done,' or I'm going to have a new ship to sail on.

To go back under the SMASHING PUMPKINS name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music," he said. "What I try to tell people that get caught up in the reunion kind of concepts — like where are the original members and stuff like this — the band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward." -Corgan


JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Says He Can Still Belt Out Heavy Metal Screams In Concert Every Night:

"Yeah, I am, I am. And it's one of those things where I love it so much and I am just so stoked by standing on stage still, 40 years later, still screaming my head off and having the time of my life, along with Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] and Scott [Travis] and Ian [Hill]." -Halford


Mastodon’s Pairing With Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes Now Available For Free Download:


"Mastodon have collaborated on a new song with Butthole Surfers main man Gibby Haynes as part of Adult Swim's singles series. The track will be available for free download at http://adultswim.com/singles on Monday, September 8. In the meantime, you can listen to it below."


Faith No More to Release First Album in 18 Years:

"I mean... [Laughs.] What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. Hopefully it doesn't sound like a bunch of 50-year-old men... which we are! [Laughs.]" -Gould


Lullaby Versions Of FAITH NO MORE Due This Month:

1. Evidence
2. Falling To Pieces
3. From Out Of Nowhere
4. Easy
5. Last Cup Of Sorrow
6. Midlife Crisis
7. A Small Victory
8. Kindergarten
9. Epic
10. King For A Day
11. Mouth To Mouth
12. Ashes To Ashes
13. As The Worm Turns

"Lullaby Versions Of Faith No More" will be released on September 16th, 2014 via Roma Music Group.


Massive 10th-Anniversary ALTER BRIDGE Box Set Arrives:

"It's pretty crazy.  We've been so busy for the last 10 years that it makes time fly. But you know, it's a beautiful thing when you think about the fact that we're still in the game after 10 years. You know, that means we get to continue to follow our bliss and make music, so we're lucky.

"'X' is both a fond look back and a great leap forward after ten years making music together. This collection rewards a precious few of our most ardent fans with almost every thing we’ve ever done — well, everything we want to share! It’s been a tremendous ten years and we look forward to ten more." -Myles Kennedy


LACEY STURM: Why I Left FLYLEAF:

"For two years, I toured with my husband and it was really amazing, and then after those two years, we ended up getting pregnant with my son. And I recognized that my priorities were gonna change even more and that message of 'memento mori' and remembering how short your life is was really weighing on my heart." -Sturm


Jane's Addiction, Devo Set to Headline CBGB Festival in New York:



TOMMY LEE On His Post-MÖTLEY CRÜE Plans:

"I can't talk about it, but I am writing and putting things aside. It's a different direction from my last solo work because I'm changing around all the components. It won't be something you've heard or seen before. Believe me, I'm not done after this." -Lee


Tommy Lee Looking To Score A Film:

"I don't know how much you know about me, but I kind of have my fingers in a lot of different pies. I've been working on some other people's albums. I just finished the SMASHING PUMPKINS record, I've been producing some other people's music. I really wanna get my paws on scoring a film. So there's those kind of things that I haven't done yet that I've gotta do. Trust me, I've still got a list, man, that I'm working off. So I'll be definitely dabbling in all kinds of stuff; there's all kinds of stuff that I've never done yet that, pretty much, in MÖTLEY, it's pretty time consuming, it takes up a lot of your time."


Ozzy Osbourne's Hell Gate Coming Next Year:


"Coming October 2015 - Hell Gate!!!

www.facebook.com/OzzysHellGate"


RUSSELL ALLEN And JORN LANDE's 'The Great Divide' Collaborative Album: More Details Revealed:

1. Come Dream With Me
2. Down From The Mountain
3. In The Hands Of Time
4. Solid Ground
5. Lady Of Winter
6. Dream About Tomorrow
7. Hymn To The Fallen
8. The Great Divide
9. Reaching For The Stars
10. Bittersweet

"The Great Divide" will hit stores on October 17th in Europe and October 21st in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.


Interview - Shannon Larkin of Godsmack:

"We just feel that heavy metal, which we love and were raised on, it has a lot of shredding guitar leads and double bass on the drums, and not as much melody in vocal choruses. So when these new songs started taking shape on this one, we wanted to make it more of a punk rock record. We all love the Ramones, and grew up listening to just as much punk rock as metal. But since we're not punk rock, it ended up sounding more hard rock to us, more AC/DC than Metallica. We look at heavy metal, bands like Avenged Sevenfold who have dual guitar attacks and a singer that wails and sings real high. And we look at us, and we obviously have facets of heavy metal music, because of the tone on the guitar. Chunk, we call it. Chkkk Chhkk! We definitely have metal in our sound, but when we compare ourselves to other bands that are labeled heavy metal, such as Volbeat or Five Finger Death Punch or Avenged Sevenfold, we just feel like more of a hard rock band. But that doesn't mean we don't love heavy metal, and if someone asks us about being in a heavy metal band, we don't say "we're not heavy metal." But we're kind of flummoxed by it, the way we're still flummoxed by how people 15 years later still say we sound like Alice In Chains. I'm a huge Alice In Chains fan, and I just don't hear the similarities. It's the kind of thing that makes me scratch my head. We're heavy metal but we sound like Alice In Chains? Weird." -Larkin


"Divine Heresy" Return With Frontman Tommy Vext and Drummer :

"The speculation continues."


Marilyn Manson On New Album:

"Making more mayhem on SOA. And...the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts."


Devin Townsend To Release 'Z2' Double Album In October:

"Hey all!  So it's been years I've been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it's finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it's a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It's a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50's radio plays... but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it. It's a dream come true in a lot of ways, and I'm excited and honoured to be able to finalize the project with a live version of the entire record at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London on April 13th of next year! (!!) Basically what we did with The Retinal Circus a few years back will be taken to the next level with Z2 live.


At the end of this process, we reached for the stars, and hopefully got to the moon, and after this album cycle, I will be taking some time to recharge my batteries and see what the next chapter holds. I hope you enjoy this record and all its offshoots, as one of my goals is to hopefully inspire folks to reach for unconventional ways to express themselves as well. We couldn't have done it without you! See you at the show?" -Devin


ANVIL Drummer ROBB REINER To Hold First Major Gallery Show Of His Paintings:

"Drummer Robb Reiner of Canadian metal legends ANVIL will hold the first major gallery show of his paintings from September 25 to October 6 at the BBAM Gallery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada."


At the Gates Detail 'At War with Reality,' Tease Title Track in New Trailer:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal



"We have, through the process of creating it, been true to ourselves and our art.  From hearing the first demos that Anders [Björler] presented to the band last summer, through the extensive stages of songwriting, pre-production, rehearsals, recording and mixing, we now finally got the finished album in our hands. We are very happy to have managed to produce an album that we feel is truly 'us.'" -Tomas Lindberg


Metallica Officially Receive Their Guinness World Record:

"Last year as we hit the road, like we do most years, visiting a lot of our favorite places along with some new ones, we didn't realize that we were on track to break a world record! Good thing someone else was paying attention as we managed to play on all seven continents in one year, becoming the first and only band to ever do so!. Our friends at Guinness World Records took notice bestowing on us the distinct honor of being featured in their official book hitting stores September 10th.

In addition to performing live in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, the year was capped off with a visit to Antarctica on December 8, 2013 to play for 120 scientists, contest winners and their penguin friends at the Argentine Carlini Station. We were literally at the bottom of the earth for one of the most unique, special and unforgettable days in our 30+ years as a band and low and behold, our little adventure sealed the deal for the record! Who woulda thought..."


LAMB OF GOD's 'As The Palaces Burn' Film To Be Made Available On DVD With Previously Unreleased Footage:

"The moment LAMB OF GOD fans have been waiting for is here – the band’s feature-length documentary As The Palaces Burn, will be released on DVD on October 14, 2014 via Epic Records. In addition to the first DVD including this spectacular film that the New York Daily News called, “a riveting documentary” and the Huffington Post called “fascinating viewing”, a second DVD will be included that features over two hours of additional, unreleased “making of” footage. In addition to general footage not included in the final cut, the second DVD also includes exclusive material from the original planned version of the film about Lamb of Gods music’s effect on fans in other cultures.


As the Palaces Burn was released theatrically on February 27, 2014. Originally intending to follow the heavy metal band LAMB OF GOD throughout the world to demonstrate music's potential to tie culturally diverse fans together, filming for As the Palaces Burn abruptly took a dramatic turn when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter, and blamed for the death of one of their young fans in the Czech Republic." What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats."


Meshuggah The Ophidian Trek' DVD Teaser:



"We're really stoked about this new MESHUGGAH live DVD!

It's been four years since the release of 'Alive', and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there!

Audio/video was recorded during our European stretch of 'The Ophidian Trek' tour, as well as at the Wacken Open Air festival — and we're super proud of how it came out!

For this one, we used the extremely talented photographer Anthony Dubois for filming and editing, etc., and he's really done a stunning job with it!

Hope you guys dig it, and here's to another 25!! (or maybe just a little less;-) )” -Tomas Haake


OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT On Possibility Of Second STORM CORROSION Album:

"Well, we talked about doing another [album] a couple of times, but I think it has to be a timing thing, because I'm busy and he's busy. It has to be something natural. I'd like to do another record under the same premises as we did the first one, where there was no expectations and nobody really knew that we were doing it, not even the record labels and stuff like that. So we just did this album, just doing music that we… One of our connective points when it comes to music that we like but that we haven't really experimented too much with was that type of ambient, kind of droney sound, almost 'sountrack-y' music. But I'm not sure if that's our style. So I don't know how it's gonna look in the future. But if we do something, it has to be, like I said, under the same premises as we did the first record." -Åkerfeldt


Black Veil Brides Detail New Album “IV”:


1 – Heart Of Fire
2 – Faithless
3 – Devil In The Mirror
4 – Goodbye Agony
5 – World Of Sacrifice
6 – Last Rites
7 – Stolen Omen
8 – Walk Away
9 – Drag Me To The Grave
10 – Shattered God
11 – Crown Of Thorns




Founding Deadlock Member Tobias Graf Passes Away:

"Today we come to you with very sad news, long time dear friend Tobias Graf and founding member of Deadlock passed away at the age of 35. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts and we wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farewell Tobi and may you have a safe journey!"


ASKING ALEXANDRIA's BEN BRUCE On Material For Next Album:

"This, to me, is the best stuff we've ever written. Musically, it's far, far superior to any of the previous albums. All of us have really practiced our instruments, and we're making a record now where each of us can shine individually as musicians. There's a lot more lead guitar, the bass lines are more intricate. There's a lot less relying on breakdowns. Even if we wanna keep a song heavy, we're not just automatically going, 'Let's write a breakdown to make it heavy.' We're thinking of other ways and other aspects to incorporate into songwriting that will make a song heavy rather than just taking the easy route and writing a breakdown, you know." -Bruce


Interview - KORN:

“Head and I were talking on the way here about how we really want to keep the melodic element of what we captured on last record but really expand on the heavy riffs and get a bit dirtier. Maybe a little longer songs with longer intros, and a little more math rock, not prog-rocky but maybe some slower tempoed grooves that are 7-8 or 3-4’s timing and stuff like that.” -Jon Davis


Lordi To Release 'Scare Force One' Album On Halloween:

"Plane refueled, seatbelts broken and an hour or so of pure turbulence coming up, when the new Lordi album "Scare Force One" will see the light of day 31st of October. The first single "Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein" is out on the 19th of September. Enjoy the fright!"


Brand New Atreyu Song 'So Others May Live' Available:



"'So Others May Live' is inspired by one of my best friends, who is ex-military. The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal. Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well.

The song honors them and condemns our government's constant deployment of these brave souls. The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background — the working class. The people making these decisions to send our nation's children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth; their kids aren't the ones getting deployed and they aren't risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go 'keep us safe' at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It's bullshit. It's the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority pre-occupied, so they can make money and advance their bullshit political agendas. The expense is 'expendable' working class/poor Americans' lives, never the rich." -Alex Varkatzas

Music Releases For September 9th, 2014

Goodness!  I got so excited about some of the albums coming out this week that I forgot to write about them.  There are some great new albums hitting shelves across North America and a few that I have been eagerly anticipating.  I think between the awesome news of Better Than Ezra's new material in almost five years, some classic tunage from Queen and/or Robert Plant, and a dash of heavy metal from Swedish pioneers In Flames makes this week a rather interesting batch of goodies.  

Oh and let's not forget about some homegrown Canadian music from Sloan and Toronto groups Death From Above 1979 and Crimson Shadows!  These albums will be sure to keep you motivated wherever you are in the day.  So be a doll and make my blog writing worthwhile by hitting up a local record store, online retailer, or an authorized digital source to purchase these great albums!  Cheers and enjoy the music.

(Interpol - El Pintor)

As a result, 'El Pintor' is worlds apart from the difficult, dirge-y 'Interpol'. Instead, it circles back around to the sonorous, tremulous sounds of the glory days, emulating their first two albums 'Turn On The Bright Lights' and 'Antics' while adding new ideas along the way. 'Same Town, New Story' subtly showcases Banks' love of hip-hop with a synth motif that would be more at home on the rap instrumentals of Clams Casino, while 'Twice As Hard''s urban leanings are so pronounced they even drop a "boo" into its opening verse. Elsewhere, falsetto litters the record - from the restrained murmurs of centrepiece 'My Blue Supreme' to the opening coos of the desolate 'Everything Is Wrong' - softening the frontman's more abrasive vocals. -NME

(Sloan - Commonwealth)

Rather than presenting their eclectic material in the usual intermingled way, Commonwealth splits them up across four sides of a vinyl double-LP to feature each musician writing and singing his own song cycle: This is Sloan’s miniaturized version of Kiss’s simultaneously released 1978 solo albums. But unlike the session-musician-enabled Kiss discs, every member of this unusually democratic act plays on one another’s songs, and the drummer’s stuff most definitely doesn’t suck. -Wondering Sound

(Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar)

The Ceaseless Roar may not get loud -- usually, when it rocks it sounds like a kissing cousin to a folk rave-up; sometimes, as on "Somebody There," it's chiming, crystalline, and bright like the Byrds -- but it is intensely meditative, finding sustenance within mystery. Plant is reflecting on where he's been -- singing "And if the sun refuses to shine" on "Pocketful of Golden," he tips a hat to his Zeppelin past; elsewhere he speaks of getting lost in America -- yet gingerly avoiding questions of mortality and resisting the allure of easy sentimentality. It's possible to hear the weight of his years on lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar -- it is, in the best sense, mature music, dense in its rhythms and allusions, subtle in its melodies -- but he never feels weary, nor does he traffic in false nostalgia. He's building upon the past, both his own and the larger traditions of his homeland, both spiritual and actual, and that gives lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar a bewitching depth. It's an album to get lost in. -All Music

(Better Than Ezra - All Together Now)

The band’s seventh album, All Together Now, is a mixed bag. The Americana-twinged, sweet smooth “Crazy Lucky” possesses a cool edge particularly the way Kevin Griffin sings crazy with his laid-back southern accent. The super catchy “Undeniable” with its piano melody and choppy singing might be the best song on the album. It’s clever and unusual. The fast-paced rather groovy “Insane” spins and rolls with upbeat goodness. “Gonna Get Better” and “The Great Unknown” are rather bland quickly forgettable songs that would only sound good in the background of a bar. Positive that Better than Ezra would be a marvelous good time live. They’ve written some hits, some solid songs when they want to it’s just that sometimes they don’t put in the effort so you get a less-than album. A shame. These might be one of those albums where people buy per single. I hear that’s what the kids are doing anyway. -Entertainment Realm

(Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams)

Though the overall sound of Ryan Adams may be a mask, hiding lyrics that are every bit as heartbroken, confused, lost, and struggling as ever, with those metaphorical fingers crossed behind his back, the gift that Adams has given fans disguised as a Steve Earle or John Hiatt record isn’t hard to extrapolate from an otherwise uncool recording style. As Earle, Hiatt, and many others have proven in the past, rock and roll faithfulness isn’t necessarily antiquated, especially in the hands of a captivating songwriter like Ryan Adams. The result is an honest record disguised as a lie, a personal release that can be mistaken for a retreat, an essential album passed off as the alternate take for the one he really wanted to make. -Consequence of Sound


(Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World)

Still, we’d much rather have DFA around now than them not even be on speaking terms, because when they do get it right, as they frequently do on The Physical World, it does provide you with more than a simple nostalgia fix. So here’s hoping that Keeler and Grainger hold it down this time round so we can hear them react to the times once more in the not-so-dis -Drowned In Sound

(KMFDM - We Are KMFDM: Live 30th Anniversary)

Indeed, KMFDM are a legend and so this live cut-through several sets of celebratory tours isn’t something off the radar of many of its and genre’s fans, who will also know that a new album ‘Our Time Will Come’ is following a month after, so if they are impatient this is just going to be a small Pavlov’s offering.  On the other hand is this short space a good idea? Are you likely to spend money on two releases by one of your favourite bands or opt out for two bands you like (unless indeed your budget is unlimited or perhaps the band doesn’t mind being ripped off)? Regardless, though the album spans right over the last three quarters of KMFDM catalogue the last album ‘Kunst’ (2013) is heavily represented, a logical step but not the best one. It starts good with ‘Sucks – Intro’ and ‘Kunst’, but ‘Amnesia’ and ‘Ave Maria’ are a hindrance. They are weak songs that if included should have been spread out more – losing interest at the start of the album is a risky idea that had me nearly wishing to switch it off right there and then. -Reflections of Darkness

(Emarosa - Versus)

Not only is there the anticipation of a new Emarosa record in general, there is also the question of whether or not Walden can adequately fill Jonny’s shoes. Luckily, Walden does quite a good job in resurrecting the band, and making it (slightly) more approachable.

So, while Versus isn’t the best record to come from Emarosa (it probably ranks at spot three), it’s still a very well written and interesting release worth your close inspection. It definitely contains moments of grandeur, and Walden has done a good enough job that Emarosa won’t be soon forgotten. And that’s what you should walk away with here. -New Noise Magazine

(Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men)

With Kings Among Men Crimson Shadows should be able to escape the dreaded accusation of just being yet another clone of the originators of this style, showing a remarkable talent for dynamics born out of tremendous energy generated throughout the album, spiced up with great melodies and topped off with a dual vocal approach that brings an extra dimension to their sound. If you need energy, look no further than this Canadian powerhouse! -Metal Observer

(In Flames - Siren Charms)

Those reactions may have been a bit stronger when it comes to In Flames, and Siren Charms won’t placate those who want a return to their ‘90s era albums. It follows a similar path to 2011‘s Sounds Of A Playground Fading. You’ll hear plenty of electronic elements and melodic vocals.

While not a perfect album by any means, Siren Charms is not the abomination some have made it out to be. There are plenty of solid songs, with the album’s charms diminished by a few uneven ones. -About.com


CD/DVD/Blu-Ray:

(Queen - Live At The Rainbow '74)

Following the huge success of the ‘Killer Queen’ single in the fall of ’74, Queen returned to the Rainbow for two sold-out shows, which were also recorded and filmed. Highlights from those concerts, which were released on video only in England as part of 1992′s ‘Box of Tricks,’ are also included in this new set. The full track listing can be found below.

‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74′ has been newly mixed and mastered, and will be available in the usual variety of formats, including double-CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and the obligatory ‘Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition,’ which will feature all of the above as well as a 60-page hardback book, miscellaneous memorabilia, concert program, poster, and more. Vinyl and digital versions will also be available. -Ultimate Classic Rock

Monday, September 8, 2014

Posting Lyrics Can Land You In Jail

So the one headline I read over the weekend was the arrest and charge of 31 year old Kentucky native James Evans.  Do you know the reason why?  The guys took some of his favourite lyrics from heavy metal band Exodus and posted them on Facebook.  Now simply posting lyrics won't necessarily land you in jail, the content of the lyrics raised some red flags and ultimately had a visit by local authorities.

As 14 News reported:

"The family of 31-year-old James Evans says he's very into music and often posts song lyrics and videos on Facebook, but they never imagined those innocent posts would land him in jail."

Seems pretty silly to me.  I understand the need for safety and security in our neighbourhoods but this gives a weird vibe, like profiling before an act happens.  Is that the same as innocent before guilty?  I also realize that no one EVER wants to see something like this taking place before reacting swiftly to it, but we have to draw a line somewhere.  This seems like a good place to start.  Here is what he wrote on his Facebook page:

"Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."

Getting arrested I could slightly understand (room for miscommunication), but I am still scratching my head around how they are keeping the charges laid against him for terroristic threatening.  I have seen and heard far worse things in my time on Facebook so why all of a sudden this?  Are local authorities constantly in fear of another Sandy Hook?  Virginia Tech?  Columbine?  Perhaps it might be time to look at other variables (coughguncontrolcough) versus assuming all Facebook users have mental issues?  Will I get a visit from big brother if I decided to post controversial lyrics?  How about "Cop Killer"?

"I got my black shirt on
I got my black gloves on
I got my ski mask on
This shit's been too long
I got my twelve gauge sawed off
I got my headlights turned off
I'm 'bout to bust some shots off
I'm 'bout to dust some cops off"

Many people have found this to be a little silly and absurd.  Evan's own sister Ashelynn explained that he regularly posts lyrics about bands he enjoys.  So maybe when someone got tipped off about the lyric post heard round the world they should have done a tad more background research?  It might have been helpful to know that this sort of posting happens on a regular basis for James.

"Whenever we found out that he actually got arrested for lyrics, we were all shocked.  "We couldn't believe that you could do that or get in trouble for that. I don't personally agree with the band or the music but I agree that you should have the choice to listen to it if you want to." -Ashelynn

"It's nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window. Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here." -Evans

And to put the icing on the cake, even the band members of Exodus got behind Evans and gave their own statement:

“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society.  James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.” -Gary Holt

So that being said, I am looking forward to the proceedings to follow.  We hope that some logic will come to the judicial system.  Either that or we will have a LOT of legal battles ahead of us when we post lyrics of our favourite artists.  And just to be a little fair to the metal genre, here's some lyrics from one of my favourite rappers.  I'll leave it with you to figure out who (if any).

"I ain't even drug you in the woods yet to paint the forest
A bloodstain is orange after you wash it three or four times in a tub but that's normal ain't it Norman?
Serial killer hiding murder material."

Random Music Quotes: Kinney

"You have these Spotifys and Pandoras where you get access to almost every piece of recorded music on the planet. And then that's great for the consumer. But for every person who's ever recorded music, it's a fucking ripoff. Because I think I hear people are starting to post their checks [online for having their music streamed online]. You get 10 million plays of your song, and you get a check for 111 dollars. It's a weird time we live in; it's a real balancing act. And so basically, you'd hope to get an audience and you can tour. Try to break even, or maybe make a little bit to make a living on tour. But it costs a lot. Gas prices aren't lower, and instrument [prices] aren't lower. 

(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Last I checked, I think CDs and stuff like that cost the same, or less than they used to, so I don't know. I really don't know how to deal with that. It is what it is. We just go about it by doing what we want, and play music and stuff. If it comes to a time when we can't afford to get to places, and we do, we invest to go to a lot of places. We're not leaving there with a briefcase of dough. If it comes to a time where we can't do that, we just won't be able to do it." -Sean Kinney