CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago

Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading

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Watch All of Tool’s Music Videos, Uploaded to the Band’s YouTube Channel

The hits just keep in coming for Tool! In addition to their stunning new album Fear Inoculum, The band has shared all of its music videos on their YouTube Channel. In addition to the new Tool album being the first released in the streaming age, this is the first time the band has allowed their videos released beyond past music channels, their concerts and the sadly out of print Salival Video/DVD Boxed Set. Tool originally reached acclaim early in their career with their dark, incredibly crafted videos that matched their early singles. They were also a favorite of MTV‘s animated icons Beavis and Butthead. Adam Jones confirmed some time ago that they created a brand new video for the song ‘Opiate’, but it has yet to see the light of day. Maybe soon? We hope so. Continue reading

The Punk Rock MBA Examines “What Killed Death Metal?”

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If you don’t follow The Punk Rock MBA, the YouTube channel run by music and marketing expert Finn McKenty, you are missing out! We are huge fans of his! His videos explore all of your favorite genres of music, their rise and sometimes fall. He uses the “what killed____” tag to get people interested, but clearly, he means in a commercial cultural way, not the death or a genre, as in the case of death metal. He discusses the main bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, Mortician, Incantation, and Suffocation, Cynic, Suffocation, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Entombed, Dismember, the cultural forces that led to its popularity (Ace Venture Pet Detective and Beavis and Butthead) and more! Watch the clip below and like and subscribe to the channel. Continue reading

Bill And Ted 3 Gets Tittle and Release Date

Big news from a story we have been following. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves announced today that the third movie in the Bill and Ted franchise is moving ahead! Bill and Ted Face The Music will release next summer, in 2020 via Orion Pictures with Winter and Reeves reprising their classic roles as  Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan. Thirty years ago this month the feel-good comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Orion Pictures) was released. On the surface, the film was a comedy about two SoCal teens who have to travel through time to write a term paper on history. Starring Winter and Reeves, along with comedy legend George Carlin. Hopefully, the soundtrack will mirror the first tow films and feature rock and heavy metal like to rock like Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s), Clarence Clemmons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Martha Davis (The Motels) and Fee Waybill (The Tubes). The soundtrack was solid with the debut single from Extreme, Tora Tora, Robbie Robb of Tribe After Tribe, and a track composed by the future band Nelson with an assist from Dweezil Zappa. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure spawned two sequels (the second has an incredible soundtrack), a live-action TV series, an animated TV series, and pop culture iconoclasm. Among the highly quotable film’s lines “party on!” was years before Wayne’s World became a thing. T Continue reading

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Turns 30 Years Old

Before Beavis and Butthead, before Wayne’s World, and before Airheads, there was Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan. Thirty years ago the feel-good comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Orion Pictures) was released. On the surface, the film was a comedy about two SoCal teens who have to travel through time to write a term paper on history. Starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, along with comedy legend George Carlin, there was a lot of teen humor for a late 80s film, but it was also a heartfelt a film about good-natured dudes who play guitar and love rock music with the simple dream in life. That simple dream to play rock music builds a utopian world. Pretty damn cool. When the film came out, the times were pretty friendly to rock the Bill and Ted music had rockers in the film like Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s), Clarence Clemmons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Martha Davis (The Motels) and Fee Waybill (The Tubes). The soundtrack was solid with the debut single from Extreme, Tora Tora, Robbie Robb of Tribe After Tribe, and a track composed by the future band Nelson with an assist from Dweezil Zappa. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure spawned two sequels (the second has an incredible soundtrack), a live-action TV series, an animated TV series, and pop culture iconoclasm. Among the highly quotable film’s lines “party on!” was years before Wayne’s World became a thing. The film still holds up well today and is being celebrated with an honorary anniversary celebration. by the filmmakers and the fans. Next month shooting begins on Bill and Ted 3, starring Reeves and Winter, due out in 2020. Continue reading

Type O Negative’s Bloody Kisses Turns 25 Years Old

The early 1990s of metal were a veritable free for all. In the years preceding the Nu-Metal age, there was definitely a push back if you were trying to be unique and blending genres of metal in any way. If you were anything beyond a typical thrash or hardcore band, with a few exceptions (some death metal, Faith No More) you might have been shunned. In the case of Type O Negative, they didn’t just innovate and try new things, they kicked the goddamn door in and blew us all away. They never did this more than on 1993’s Bloody Kisses (Roadrunner) albumMostly eschewing the straight up thrash hardcore of frontman Peter Steele’s previous band, Carnivore, Type O was a swampy, sexy mix of Black Sabbath doom riffs, Beatles melodies and The Cure meets Sisters of Mercy Goth rock. The sound would shift the landscape and make unlikely stars of arguably the greatest band to ever emerge from Brooklyn. Continue reading

Van Canto – Voices Of Fire

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Van Canto has carved out a nice career over five albums with their brand of a Capella vocal music led power metal. I’m sure some people will just click the back button right now. But if a Capella vocal music and power metal have you intrigued, read on. I’m sure to some when the band arrived in 2006, they seemed like a novelty act. Van Canto takes themselves seriously, but they are also phenomenal musicians who have gradually grown into their own skin as artists. The full realization of that vision comes through on Voices of Fire (earMUSIC) which is a concept album. Created side-by side with German fantasy novelist German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch (Die Trolle), Hardebushch’s new novel is the source material for the story of the album. Both projects complement each other. Feuerstimmen (Piper Verlag) by Hardebusch releases on March 17th. The audio book version, along with Voices of Fire is included an will be released on the same day.

Set in a world not unlike most popular fantasy realms found in The Lord of The Rings or A Game of Thrones, the epic story unfolds over the course of the album. Narrated superbly by John Rys-Davies (The Indiana Jones Trilogy, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Shogun), from the first words to the last notes the album compelling, and never dull. Waring kingdoms, quests for power, fire-breathing dragons, and the songs of bards (a frequent touch point for this band) all factor into the narrative. The story alone is an intoxicating bit of drama.

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As for the musical and vocal performances, beyond drummer Bastian Emig, it Is the five singing members of Van Canto who perform all the instrumentation and vocals. For the most part they are spot on. I can see detractors imaging Beavis And Butthead mimicking the crunch of guitar riffs, but think about the talent and discipline it takes to pull this off? The lead vocals are excellent, especially in ‘Clashings On Armour Plates’, ‘Battleday’s Dawn’, and on ‘We Are One’.London Metro Voices (Lord Of The Rings) provided the choir performances.

The musical theater vibe may feel odd to some. For all the many concept records in the genre, this has never really been attempted or achieved to this level until now. I think those specific tracks will work better live. This is a leap forward for the Van Canto and for power metal.

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8.5/10

KEITH CHACHKES

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