Alice In Chains Chill Masterpiece “Jar of Flies” Turns 25 Years Old

Alice In Chains was on top of the world in 1993, or so they thought. Behind the success of 1992’s Rock chart-topping Dirt (Columbia) album, the band toured the world, played Lollapalooza, had songs on major movie soundtracks and more. But there were some issues arising in their camp that would shape their immediate future. The bands came off a raucous summer of touring in 1993 to find themselves evicted from their communal house in Seattle. The band had recently fired bassist Mike Starr (RIP)who co-founded the band. After recruiting bassist Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne) the band had toured some with him, and recorded a few of those soundtrack pieces with him, but nothing more/ The band moved into London Bridge Studios, where countless huge rock and metal albums were made, and AIC had created all of their albums at that point. The band was going to spend a few days just jamming with acoustic guitars and see what stuck. What they came up with was so much more. When they finished writing, they had the bones of their epic EP Jar of Flies (Columbia) in the can. Continue reading

Video: Pop Evil – Making Of Documentary Part 2

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Pop Evil is streaming the second of seven parts of their in the studio/making of documentary of their new album, due out later this year via EOne Music. They wrapped up production in Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with producer Adam Kaspar (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters). Stream it below.

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Jahai Releasing Death and Entrances on March 31st

Jahai. (L to R: Jon Jahai - Drums | Jake Wilde - Guitars | Aub Driver - Vocals | Nikk Jahai - Guitars | Loyd Abbott - Bass) Photo Credit: Scooter Curl

Jahai. (L to R: Jon Jahai – Drums | Jake Wilde – Guitars | Aub Driver – Vocals | Nikk Jahai – Guitars | Loyd Abbott – Bass)
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Portland, OR based melodic groove quintet Jahai will be releasing their debut self released EP Death and Entrances on March 31, 2015. Recorded at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City, OR and mastered at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA, Death and Entrances serves as a punishing primer to a northwest band on the rise.

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Track Listing:
Realm of the Dark Gods
Last and Only
Breaking Into Splinters
Pandora’s Box
Lucky Witness

Forged throughout the 2000’s, brothers Nikk & Jon Jahai teamed up to form the earliest editions of the band. Loyd Abbott was inducted in 2006 and Jake Wilde was enlisted in early 2011. Jahai became unified with the addition of Aub Driver in mid 2012 and has been climbing the Rose City metal scene ever since.

Creating “melodic chaos,” Jahai molds sweeping songscapes ranging from no-holds-barred organic metal to paragon anthems that would rock even the most casual listener to their core.

Jahai’s Death and Entrances EP Release show has been set for April 4th at Dante’s Nightclub in Portland, OR. Additional tour dates to follow.

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Pop Evil Recording New Album With Producer Adam Kasper

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POP EVIL will enter Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with veteran producer Adam Kasper to begin work on an all new LP due out this summer. Kasper, who has produced mega-hit records for bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Foo Fighters, it was an easy choice for the band to make. “It was very important to us to choose a producer that has the credentials” says frontman Leigh Kakaty. “We also had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. With the success of our last record we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression”.

“Individually, these guys are all great players and writers,” says Kasper. “Collectively they are a force to be reckoned with. Musically this record is intricate, heavy and melodic. With their charismatic lead singer and a drummer that sounds like John Bohnam and Dave Grohl’s love child, I’m more than excited about this one.”

Photo Credit: Scott McKliney

Photo Credit: Scott McKliney

Photo Credit: Scott McKliney

Photo Credit: Scott McKliney

The yet to be titled effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s 2013 release, Onyx, which recently reach 115,00 copies sold domestically. Watch a thank you video by the band here.

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POP EVIL IS: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Chachi Riot (Drums)

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