Beastie Boys Released “Ill Communication” Twenty-Five Years Ago

Beastie Boys were on fo the biggest, most successful groups in the work in the early 1990s when they made Ill Communication (Capitol/Grand Royale), released twenty-five years ago today. Prolific, putting out a new album every 2-3 years, the band was focused on never repeating themselves, and constantly improving. It would have been very easy for them to just keep remaking Licensed To Ill (Def Jam) over and over and that would have been enough for many bands. But Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA (RIP Adam Yauch) kept on changing and evolving. As they had on the previous few albums, they played all the instruments, and played them incredibly well on every track, across multiple genes. They had genius guest stars and collaborators (Q-Tip, Biz Markie, Amery Smith of Suicidal Tendencies, Money Mark, Bobo from Cypress Hill) and put the music first, before everything. Even the production on Ill Communication is incredible, all respect due to the B-E-A-S-T-I-E’s and their frequent partner at this time, Mario Caldato (“Mario C”). Continue reading

Haze Mage – Chronicle

Much in the same way that Hip Hop is fine as long as you don’t mind blokes who can’t sing and lots of rhyming couplets, so Metal in all its forms is just as fine as long as you don’t mind the… ahem, special vocals. Continue reading

Watch The Video Premiere from Corey Taylor and Kid Bookie – “Stuck In My Ways”

As we previously reported, after an interaction Twitter, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor collaborated with UK rapper Kid Bookie on a new version on his song ‘Stuck In My Ways’, from his 2018 EP Shake Up. Taylor raps midway through the song (around the 2:33 mark). Watch it now at the link below! Continue reading

Listen To Corey Taylor and Rapper Kid Bookie Collabo – “Stuck In My Ways”

While work continues on the new Slipknot album, Corey Taylor remains busy with other projects too. After meeting over Twitter, he has collaborated with UK rapper Kid Bookie on a new version on his song ‘Stuck In My Ways’, from his 2018 EP Shake Up. Taylor raps midway through the song (around the 2:33 mark). Check it out now! Continue reading

King 810 – Suicide King

The resurgence of 1990s Nu Metal shouldn’t be a real shock to anyone of a certain age. The enduring music put down by Korn, early-Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Snot, and many others funneled the heaviness of metal and the flavor of Hip-Hip from the decade before into an intoxicating blend. And while I love my trad metal brothers and sisters for repping songs about swords, wizards, and dragons; they were likely never stopped and frisked by cops, seen friends die in a hail of bullets, or poisoned by lead in their water. King 810 have, and they have become the flag bearers of what music marketing expert Finn McKenty (The Punk Rock MBA)calls crossover culture. Kids are more genre agnostic than ever, and when a band can filter past influences and present it to modern audiences a new and unique way, they click big-time. Fans love a groove they can latch on too and lyrics that feel authentic. King 810’s last album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God showed they were far from the run of the mill. They take it up another notch on Suicide King (KINGNation). Continue reading

Shooter Jennings Featured In The New Season Of The Punisher

Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2 dropped yesterday and hopefully, it won’t be its last since it’s easily one of the best of the Marvel Netflix series there is. Certainly Punisher the most hardcore violent and true to the comic series (think Garth Ennis’ run for true fans). Music has always played a big role in these Netflix shows with Tyler Bates (Marilyn Manson, movie scores) composing the theme to Punisher, metal being used for Punisher trailers, Manson’s own ‘Fated, Faithful, Faithful’ in a season one episode, the use of Hip Hop, RnB, Jazz and Blues in both seasons of Luke Cage, and old-school Rap in Iron Fist. Outlaw Country finally got it’s due in the Season two premiere of Punisher- Roadhouse Blues, Shooter Jennings and his band play the bar band in the main locale for the episode. They performed the tracks ‘The Outsider’, his hit song ‘Outlaw You’, ‘Wild and Lonesome’, ‘The Other Life’, and ‘The Real Me’. For the uninitiated, Shooter is a great artist, a total badass, and the son of country royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter. Continue reading

Fever 333 – Strength in Numb333rs

Confession time: I came late to the letlive. party. So late, in fact, that the band were just about to call it a day when I decided that they were, you know, more than just pretty good. Yes, that kind of late. Despite the break-up, and whatever the reasons and rationales behind it, you always had a sense that an artist as talented and inquisitive as Jason Aalon Butler would soon return to the music scene in some form or another. And so it has proven with Fever 333, his latest project and passion. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Skulk, The Hulking – “This Commercialism Sure Mean Business”

 

Prolific underground artist Skulk, The Hulking is releasing a brand new album, his third, Afterbirth Of A Nation, due out December 14th, 2018. Normally a solo artist, now joined by grindcore veterans Ashley Levine (guitar), Fernando Morales (drums), and avant-garde rocker Vern Woodhead (bass), Sulk, The Hulking is set to defy expectations, subvert traditional genres, and basically bitch slap the boring out of the ears of listeners. Afterbirth Of A Nation was recorded with jazz drummer Rob Mitzner, and mixed by Scot Moriarty at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey. Ghost Cult shares the timely and clever ‘This Commercialism Sure Mean Business’ as exhibit “A”. Continue reading

Planet B – Planet B

What a truly intriguing mix of styles this appears on paper! A duo comprised of Punk underground overlord and current Dead Cross member Justin Pearson and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw, Planet B are bringing so much to the table of their self-titled album (Ipecac Recordings) and are doing do with politically charged lyrics which are looking to rail against “the lack of humanity in the world…….” Continue reading

Prophets of Rage Tease New Music In Election Themed Video

Metal and Hip-Hop supergroup Prophets of Rage, featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill has released a new video called “The Ballot Or The Bullet”. Named after Malcolm X’s famous 1964 speech about the voting rights of black Americans, the offers an excerpt of three of the band’s unreleased tracks and its recent single, ‘Heart Afire’. The band is expected to reveal details of a new album, their second, soon. Continue reading