Former Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Reflects on Their Debut Album

Yesterday, June 29th, 2020 marked 21 years since the release of Slipknot’s monumental debut album. Former drummer Joey Jordison, who exited the band in 2013 for reasons never explained, posted some memories and thanks for the making of the album:  Continue reading

Halestorm Marks 10th Anniversary of Debut with Deluxe Edition, Video Message to Fans

Halestorm is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut studio album with a deluxe edition available for pre-order now. Halestorm was released on April 28th, 2009 via the bands’ label Atlantic and immediately made their mark on the music scene on the strength of great songs, Lzzy Hale’s voice and the infections hit single ‘I Get Off’. The deluxe edition has all new artwork, original pre-production demos and extra materials that show the growth and the run-up to the final full debut album. Watch a message from the band to fans and the details below.  Continue reading

Athanasia Band To Release Debut Album, ft Members of Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Murderdolls

Los Angeles power-trio Athanasia is a new group featuring former members Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach, and Joey Jordison’s Murderdolls. Founded in California by veteran guitarist/vocalist Caleb Bingham under the band’s original name Ascension. The bands’ early demos landed Caleb a slot with the first incarnation of Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. Leaving that band in 2007, Bingham continued to write under the name Ascension, recording several more unreleased demos (and one EP) at the behest of then Roadrunner Records A&R, now Nuclear Blast Entertainment impresario and tastemaker Monte Conner (Sepultura, Slipknot, Type O Negative, Machine Head, Fear Factory). Now Athanasia is ready to strike with their debut full-length The Order Of The Silver Compass on March 15 via Seeing Red Records and Rock of Angels Records. New music to follow soon, but check out the album details.

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Stone Sour To Reissue Debut Album For Record Store Day

Stone Sour will reissue their chart topping debut album from 2003 for Record  Store Day Black Friday, via Roadrunner Records. The album will come with all new artwork, and in various configuarations which you can see below. The release is limited to 2500 pieces and the CD edition comes with a bonus CD of music recorded live at The House of Brick in 2002. Continue reading

Letters From The Colony – Vignette

With the Progressive and Tech Metal climate being so crowded and, at times, stagnant, any new breed of band has the unenviable task of trying to stand out from the hordes by bringing in any resemblance of freshness or innovation. Whilst there is undoubtedly an abundance of quality talents out there, all too often acts fail to leave much of an impression in comparison to many of their peers. Continue reading

Sevendust Announce 20th Anniversary Tour Dates

Sevendust celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album by performing it live in its entirety at a special show in Atlanta last month. As you saw in the footage we posted, the performance was absolutely amazing, and now they’ve announced more of these special anniversary shows this Summer. Continue reading

Sevendust Performs Their Debut Album In Its Entirety In Atlanta

Sevendust had a special treat for their hometown fans in Atlanta over the weekend. Continue reading

Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Is Streaming Their Debut Album Online

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Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes have joined forces as Crystal Fairy, and they will be releasing their debut album next Friday via Ipecac Recordings. Continue reading

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

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Come on, admit it: how many of us believed that man-mountain and Grunge legend Tad Doyle was no longer with us?! The most unhealthy-looking of the colossi who bestrode Seattle in the early 90s was nevertheless a commanding figure of the scene, and one of the most quietly admired. Though away for some considerable while, it seems his present outfit Brothers of the Sonic Cloth has been gently simmering for eight years, and this eponymously titled debut album (Neurot) is the first substantial harvest.

The sheer depth and fulminating power of the huge riffs and rhythm section through opener ‘Lava’ is nerve-shredding and, despite a middling pace exposing some old Grunge tendencies, the harsh growls paint a murkier picture. This is reinforced by the funereal rate of the sinister ‘Empires of Dust’; a delightfully morose crawl through the swamps of Sludge, shot-through with a mournful lead which enhances Doyle’s evil croak wonderfully. The opening few minutes of ‘Unnamed’ take us on a varied journey, evocative keys giving way to a monstrous pounding and a nasty, Deathly Doom, Doyle’s growl occasionally evoking Tom G. Warrior. Indeed the overall feel of the track is Triptykon-esque: a swelling, reverberating Stoner groove sandwiched between pulsating, slashing verses and a brutal, industrial coda.

With such a broad range of sub-genres hit already, the only issue here is that the album can’t seem to make its mind up where to go. ‘La Mano Poderosa’ is an at times ponderous bundle through Crowbar country, powerful and crunching yet uneventful; while the emotive, ominous, gently throbbing ‘I Am’ is a crushing depiction of Pearl Jam‘s more subtle moments, Doyle retching and screaming in anguish. The bonus track ‘The Immutable Path’ is an Om-style incantation, quietly rumbling drums and atmospheres combatting the threatening vocal, intoned like a spectral Orson Welles – it’s a spooky sound as Doyle has grown to bear more than a passing resemblance to the acting titan.

Overall this is an intense experience, an album full of resonating weight and passion, and more direction would have turned it into an utter rip-snorter. Welcome back Tad.

 

7.5/10

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PAUL QUINN