Tool Announces Artists for Tour, Kicks off New Dates at Aftershock Today

Tool is kicking off their fall headline tour of North America today as the final headliner of Aftershock Festivaltonight in Sacramento, California. The bans has announced their lineup for their always coveted tour poster art, which always sells out every show and is often sold and traded between fans. Following Aftershock, the band will embark on their headline tour supporting their global #1 album Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional/ Volcano/RCA). Direct support on all tour dates to come from Killing Joke. To date the band has sold over 270,000 albums, most of them being physical copies, unprecedented in the current music industry climate of streaming. The success wasn’t isolated to the U.S., with the album debuting at #1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Belgium, as well as Top 5 debuts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and Finland. Tickets for all dates are on sale now. Continue reading

Tool Shares Album Cover and New Album Details Emerge

Tool has shared the cover of their upcoming new album, Fear Inoculum‘ (RCA), due out August 30th. The album cover was created once again with frequent collaborator and visionary artist Alex Grey. The band also shared new details in an interview with Revolver, the entire band shared new details about the album. At 80 minutes in length, Fear Inoculum has only 9 tracks, which has 7 actual songs and two interludes. The album’s concept revolves around the number seven, with most songs written in time signatures with seven in it. The band will share their album details tomorrow, August 6th with a track premiere on August 7th. Continue reading

Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black, Alekhine’s Gun, Brujeria) and Chris Grosso Lead Seminar at COSM Today

Actress and metal music artists Jessica Pimentel will pair with best-selling authorChris Grosso today at Alex Grey’sChapel ofSacred Mirrors for a seminar. “The Soul Finds Its Way: Healing through Adversity” will take place from 1-9 PM and answers the question “What does it mean to accept yourself fully in all of your perfect imperfections; to take an honest, fearless look at your true self and stay there, acknowledging both the frailty and the glory in the same glance”. Pimentel is known a Maria “Ruthless” Ruiz on Orange Is The New Blackand countless other roles as well as her musical projects like Alekhine’s Gun, Brueria, Black Heart Sutra and her show on Gimmie Radio. Grosso the author of Indie Spiritualist, Everything Mind, and Dead Set On Living will run the program for the day which you can see below. Grey, best known for his visionary artwork, used by Tool on their albums, merch and stage show, along with his wife Allison opened the new COSM center in Wappingers Fall NY in 2017.Continue reading

Maynard James Keenan Announces The Moderators For His Upcoming Book Tour

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Maynard James Keenan will be heading out for his upcoming book tour next month, and he’s just announced who will moderate each event. Continue reading

Inside The Chapel Of Sacred Mirrors

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Many people may know visionary artist Alex Grey from his contributions to Tool’s use of his artwork from such albums as Lateralus and 10,000 Days (both Volcano Entertainment). Alex and his wife Allyson have much of their life’s work on display at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, now located in Wappingers Falls, NY. However, there is so much more to the environment and artwork at CoSM that must be experienced and felt that makes a trip to Dutchess County, New York definitely worthwhile.

On August 1st, 2015, Alex and Allyson held their “164th Full Moon Ceremony” at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. With their intricate artwork lining the walls of the house, the beautiful ceremony commenced at 7:30p.m. as the Greys appeared from behind a doorway adorned with a tapestry of Psychic Energy System. They began the ceremony by playing a rhythm on gongs set on opposite sides of the stage.

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

 

Allyson spoke briefly at the beginning of the ceremony, bringing to stage two poets in order, Brett Bevell and Fun Yung Moon. Following their appearance was Joness Jones, who gave her Astrological weather forecast in disguise, discussing Leo and Aquarius as well as Venus being in retrograde. To conclude the ceremony, that had been primarily a reminder of love, Alex read a passage from his book, Art Psalms. The Ceremony left a clear impression on those who attended and set the stage for the evening’s festivities to follow.

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

As the night continued, inside, there was live painting by artists Caren Charles and Alexia Velez; a Sand Mandala was created by guests in another room, as well as Tarot Readings by Marcy. All the while Alex and Allyson sat in the main room speaking with guests and signing books and posters. Outside there was a gorgeous laser light show, and music ensued. In addition, there was everything from Reiki therapy on the patio, a fire spinner, acrobatics, and a bonfire to entertain the onlookers.

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Alex and Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

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Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

 

Later in the evening, Alex painted a Supportrait of one of the attendees. The proceeds of the Supportrait go to helping build Entheon. Entheon is their latest project on the property, a building to house the Greys CoSM Art Collection.

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

More information about the Greys, The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, and the Entheon project can be found at their website here:

 

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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY MELINA DELLAMARRGIO