Next month will be three years since Chester Bennington ended his life. On what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, not only a fellow musician, but also his best friend and Godfather to his son, he took his life. It has been three years and the sadness persists. Bennington’s struggle with depression and substances was a public affair and through his lyrics, it felt like we knew what he was going through. An exceptional vocalist he fronted a band that dove into multiple genres. Either you liked Linkin Park or you hated them. Regardless, Bennington was the best vocalist of any mainstream band in the 2000s – but, before he told you to shut up, he fronted another band. Continue reading
Even geniuses get beat up by the press and fans sometimes. There were very few albums as big, pervasive in music culture and brilliant as Nine Inch Nails career highlight The Downward Spiral (Nothing/Interscope) was in 1994. The problem is, how do you follow it up, especially when the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and copied your style? Well, you don’t do a belly flop into stasis, you work harder than ever to expand, change drastically and do all the things. The Fragile (Nothing/Interscope) is Trent Reznor doing all the things, really well. Continue reading
Throat’s Bareback (Svart) is the type of album you used to notice getting high marks in magazines like Pitchfork or NME. You know, the types of magazines that you got into for a brief while in college right around the time you started drinking lagers and attempting to smoke cigarettes. You didn’t particularly care for most of the articles, but reading these musical journals sure raised the right flags. You are cultured. You are no longer the rube with the cheap shoes. Continue reading
Take note, kids, Wrong has the 411 on how to properly record an album in 2018. Wrong’s latest, Feel Great (Relapse), is the result of entering the studio with a set vision and ample preparation. You know your shit is tight when you can deliver 11 aggressive and tuneful tracks in about the span of time it takes for Domino’s to deliver its pizza-adjacent product. Continue reading
Two bands synonymous with their early days in the New York City metal and hardcore scene, Prong and Helmet are teaming up for a co-headline tour. All dates below. Pre-sales begin tomorrow at 10 AM local time. Continue reading
90s metal legends Helmet have dropped a brand new song and lyric video for their song ‘Bad News’. The track is from their upcoming new album Dead To the World, due out from earMUSIC on October 28th. Continue reading
Helmet will go down as one of the greatest and most influential bands ever. This fact is undisputed. Coming out of new York City at a time when a generation of bands bred on New York Hardcore values married to the talent of thrash bands (with some general avant-garde weirdness for good measure), Helmet stood out like a sore thumb of weirdness. Continue reading
Nashville based rockers The Dead Deads released their new album last week, For Your Obliteration via Tishimon Records, Continue reading
Dave Lombardo (current Philm and formerly of Slayer drummer) debuted his rhythm on canvas to the public at Forgotten Saints in West Hollywood, CA Saturday, July 11, 2015. This collection is a collaboration with Los Angeles based creativity house SceneFour, who has previously collaborated with RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Bootsy Collins and Chuck D (Public Enemy), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as previous gallery showcases with Steven Adler (Guns N Roses) and John 5 (Rob Zombie).
He appeared for an in person symposium for the public at two separate showcases, explaining each art piece which was created by being photographed in the dark using a special clear light producing drum stick, and capturing the rhythms to develop into each abstract artwork piece. Lombardo himself selected and named the dozen pieces within the collection. Each piece is numbered and signed.
Similar showings in New York and Paris (France) are in the works with announcements to come.