It’s been three years since progressive, technical death metal act Rivers of Nihil released the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Three long years which have seen a global pandemic almost bring the entertainment industry to its knees. However, having already set 2020 aside to concentrate on writing, the Coronavirus outbreak only made minor dents in the Pennsylvanians plans and conceptual album The Work (Metal Blade) is the exhilarating and wonderfully confounding result.
Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have canceled their upcoming performances including their USA tour, their festival appearances, and their expected Los Angeles shows with System of a Down. Frontman Mike Patton has cited mental health concerns and shared a statement below.
UPDATED: Faith No More has released their previously vinyl-only single of the Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) remix of “Superhero” – “Superhero (Battaglia Remix)” from their 2015 comeback album, Sol Invictus (Ipecac Recordings). The band was to embark on their first US tour in six years with System of a Down, included Riot Fest, Knotfest Iowa, Aftershock Sacramento, and their two shows at Banc of California Stadium, but canceled all tour date to a crisis within the band.
Riot Fest has made the final weekend additions to the 2021 event, kicking off September 19th, 2021, which will be the fest’s first-ever Thursday Preview Party. Patti Smith and Her Band and Alkaline Trio will join Thursday night, with additional sets from Joyce Manor (performing their self-titled 2011 debut), WDRL, and Kristeen Young. As for Sunday, The Flaming Lips will return to Riot Fest on Sunday, bringing the fest-favorites back to Douglass Park on September 19 to replace Pixies. Sunday attendees will also get into the Thursday Preview Party for free, with a host of freshly-announced perks included. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.
With Limp Bizkit cancelling all of their 2021 concerts and festivals, Faith No More has stepped in to headline the Thursday night lineup of Aftershock Festival. Also appearing that night, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Death Angel, Fit For A King, and Oxymorons.
System Of A Down, Faith No More, and Russian Circles have booked short West Coast tour surrounding the big System of A Down and Faith No More shows in Southern California, at the Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles this fall. The the BoC shows take place October 22 and October 23 and include Korn and Helmet. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Artist pre-sales will begin this Wednesday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Faith No More has released their previously vinyl-only single of JG Thirlwell “Motherfucker” from their 2015 comebacck album, Sol Invictus (Ipecac Recordings). The amazing avant-garde recasting of the major single from Sol Invictus is reimagined by Thirlwell, the post-Punk innovator best known for his many projects such as Foetus, Marc Almond, soundtracks for Venture Brothers and Archer. The original single wasa Record Store Day release only. Enjoy, you !%@%$%!
Having stayed with Black Sabbath until 1983’s unfairly criticised Born Again (Vertigo) album, founding member Geezer Butler returned to the band in the early nineties but with a growing desire to prove himself as a solo artist. After leaving again in ’94, the iconic bass player and moustache enthusiast teamed up with former frontman Ozzy Osbourne for a while before eventually going it alone to form G/Z/R.
Arriving in 1989 towards the tail end of the thrash metal scene, San Francisco act Mordred may have only been together for five years but showed more invention and innovation in that time than some bands achieved over a much longer period.
June 2021 sees the return of the beardos in Crobot with their latest EP Rat Child (Mascot Label Group), a mix of pieces that could have appeared on Motherbrain in an alternate universe and products of the pandemic and long distance friendships. You’re lucky if I bother to actually put on pants, much less try to engage in any kind of creative endeavor over Zoom/Skype/smoke signal so I have to give credit where credit is due.