The second part of his ongoing conceptual “Leather” trilogy, Frank Huesco, the French darksynth artist better known as Carpenter Brut, follows up 2018’s Leather Teeth with the sequel, Leather Terror (No Quarter Productions/Universal Music/Caroline Records). Conceived during lockdown and featuring absolutely no electric guitars, this latest synth-driven piledriver serves as the soundtrack to an imagined 1987 horror movie about Bret Halford, a nerdy science student who resorts to somewhat dubious scientific methods to win a girl from her high school jock boyfriend. After his experiment turns unrequited love into disfiguration and madness, Halford becomes “Leather Teeth”, the scarred, peroxide blonde frontman of glam rock band Leather Patrol. Picking up the story at this point, Leather Terror uses its twelve tracks to show Halford taking his new serial killer rock star identity and wreaking revenge on those who abused him.
Post-Hardcore and Heavy Rock band Thoughtcrimes will reissue their acclaimed EP Tap Night, with new new tracks, via Pure Noise Records on October 8th, 2021. The group features former Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer, singer Rick Pepa, guitar players Russ Savarese and Brian Sullivan, and bass player Cody Hosza. The band shared a new animated music video for “Misery’s A Muse” – hand-drawn, animated video treatment created by Rymer’s brother, Tom, and artist Riley Schmidt, which you can see below. Pre-orders are also available.
Supergroup is a term bandied about too much these days, including here at this very website. It’s hard to help it in the streaming music age, which coincidently has also fostered a new openness and freedom for artists to come together as never before. Perhaps we need another terminology to describe these collectives. How about “artistic hive-mind”? That’s one that definitely suits The Black Queen, who is more than a mere musical group, but carry these sensibilities in everything they do from songs and lyrics to album art, videos, t-shirts, and visual performances live. The sum of their recorded output is but one facet of what can be possible when they get together.
Does no-one care about End Of Year Lists anymore? [shakes fist angrily]
Releasing an album like Retrocausal (Web Of Mimicry) in mid-December almost seems designed to antagonise self-righteous reviewers who freak out about making their lists as accurate as they can – but speaking as one, it’s easy to forgive Cleric when their slap comes in the form of an album this good.
Under the sweltering Florida sun, some of the nation’s hottest rock bands graced Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park. Welcome To Rockville was back for its last year at these grounds, and attendees lined around the block to get in. Featuring budding acts I Prevail, The Charm the Fury, and my new favorite Starset.Continue reading →
This weekend begins the annual World’s Loudest Month series of concerts and Welcome To Rockville is where it’s going down in Jacksonville Florida! Over 40 bands on three stages, headlined by A Perfect Circle, Soundgarden, Def Leppard, with The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach and many more! Get ready with Ghost Cult’s preview: Continue reading →
The 2017 Rock On The Range festival will be taking place on May 19th, 20th & 21st at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and they’ve just announced the daily lineups for the sold out weekend. Continue reading →
Setting a new record, Rock On The Range, America’s biggest music festival has sold out in advance, in just over one month after going on sale. This marks the fifth consecutive advance sell-out for the fest, which takes place on May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.Continue reading →