Two of the most consistent, best live bands in America are teaming up for the first time ever as GWAR and Hatebreed are embarking on The “Gore, Core, Metal and More” tour. Direct support will come from Miss May I, Ringworm and American Sharks. These shows begin October 17th in Buffalo, NY and run through October 28th in Peoria, IA. GWAR has also booked additional tour dates around Halloween and into November. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 20. GWAR are touring behind their last album The Blood of Gods (Metal Blade), while Hatebreed is working on the follow-up to their latest album, The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast). Continue reading
Stone Temple Pilots, long rumored to be ready to return with a new singer, will officially play their first live show with that new singer Tuesday, November 14 at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Continue reading
In an interview Stone Temple Pilots co-founders Dean and Robert DeLeo revealed that the band has chosen a new singer and are close to naming him. The announcement comes just a few months after the death of the previous singer Chester Bennington, also of Linkin Park. Original singer Scott Weiland died on December 5th, 2015. Continue reading
Released on the same day in 1992 as Alice In Chains’ Dirt, Stone Temple Pilots burst on the scene with Core (Atlantic), an album that immediately vaulted the band from a virtual unknown to a buzz band. Although there had been a bidding war to sign the band in their pre-Core days, a name change from Mighty Joe Young had kept the band off of some critics radar, but not the fans. Once they heard the first strains of this great new hard rock band, they would be hard to resist. With the untimely deaths of original singer Scott Weiland, and more recently Chester Bennington in the rearview, but keeping this important band in our hearts, let’s look back at this iconic early 90s album and band. Continue reading
Italian doom legends and art geniuses Ufomammut have shared a new track with a mind-bending visualizer for ‘Core’. The song comes off of their new album 8, via Neurot Recordings. Check out ‘Core’ below. Continue reading
Stone Temple Pilots will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Core with two special reissues on September 29th. Continue reading
Okay, honest question – what does “core” mean? Really? Whether we admit it or not, the fact is that most music that’s called “Hardcore” these days is more an aesthetic than a style of music – an aesthetic that’s applied to Metal. The lyrics and themes are more personal or political (meaning that they’re less likely to be about wizards); the music is often chuggier and more abrasive; the vocals shoutier; it may put more prominence on breakdowns or other song-writing elements – but the primary musical references are rooted firmly in Metal.
On From Nothing (shelsmusic) Attan are very much part of the Hardcore As Shouty Metal movement, the core of their sound based in a thrashy, aggressive raw Metal with touches of Sludge and Doom. The first three tracks put the emphasis on speed and savagery, and though there’s nothing terribly original on display it’s a pleasingly vicious attack with some sharp riffing and convincingly fierce vocals. The last two songs shake things up a bit, though, slowing the pace and introducing more atmospheric elements reminiscent of both Mastodon and Neurosis.
The gradual progression from vicious to more atmospheric is a nice touch in itself, but suffers from the fact that Attan are at their best when they keep it savage – when the pace slacks off and the more self-consciously “epic” elements come in it’s terribly sincere but perhaps not quite so convincing. The vocals are also more effective when they stick to the screams and yells of the first three tracks – the cleaner, Doomier tones of the slower material sounding a little raw and awkward by comparison.
From Nothing is a perfectly competent introduction to a band who’ve got a pretty solid idea of what they want to achieve and are almost there. Whether or not it’s “Hardcore” in any real sense is probably a personal judgement by this stage, but if you like your Metal rooted in real-world anger, it’s worth keeping at least an eye on them in the future.
Pulling together talent from bands such as Monster Magnet, Godspeed, and Core, psychedelic rockers The Atomic Bitchwax kick off the second quarter of 2015 with their sixth full length release, Gravitron (Tee Pee Records), and it’s one that you don’t want to miss out on.
The album’s opening track ‘Sexecutioner’ is short, but serves its purpose in catching the listener’s attention and preparing them for the riff odyssey to come. However, the hook for me came with Chris Kosnik’s bass lines in ‘No Way Man’. I was in and things only got better from that point. Bob Pantella’s drumming provides the heartbeat and when combined with the way that Finn Ryan makes his guitar sing, it creates something reminiscent of long road trips and Fourth of July barbecues. It feels very American in a way. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, ‘War Claw’ provides an excellent secondary example of this.
Things slow down a bit with the album’s closing track, ‘Ice Age Hey Baby’ but that is by no means a bad thing. It’s an extremely catchy tune and will likely go on to become a sing-a-long/crowd interaction staple during live performances. This is a good place to end the album on and even transitions well back into ‘Sexecutioner’ if you have it on repeat like I still do. I also just love how sad it sounds. I’m a sucker for the raw emotion that gets left behind when you strip away the parties and the sunshine and I can’t stop singing along.
This record is a great way to usher in spring after another long New England winter. It’s a great album but at just over half an hour long, I was left wanting more. Don’t leave a girl wanting more riffs, that’s just cruel. Length aside, The Atomic Bitchwax have released another fantastic record that was well worth the wait. Friends in Europe and keep an eye out for the boys on their tour through May.
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