Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on. Continue reading
You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special Victims Unit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading
Twenty-five years ago Korn released their debut self-titled album and changed the face of music. Yeah we know you think anything “Nu’ and metal bites. You can see yourself out right now. Whether you like all things Adidas tracksuits and Hip-Hop beats with downtuned riffs or not, what Korn put down on that first album changed heavy music for the better. All heavy music.
International Heavy Metal sensations Bloodywood have dropped a new music video for their new song ‘Machi Bhasad (Expect a Riot)’. Originally created for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Beyond Good and Evil 2”, the band ended up keeping the track themselves. The band remarks“Machi Bhasad is a track with a political message that celebrates the power of a new generation and its potential to be better than the last.” The band will play abroad this summer at metal festivals such as Dong Open Air, Wacken, and a UK headline tour. Continue reading
Often labeled as past its peak, or sometimes worse, Nu-Metal is one of those subgenres that is loathed by some and loved by others, but by some weird paradox has never failed to maintain its relevance or draw a crowd. Though djent and post Killswitch Engage metalcore is all the craze these days, I always enjoy pointing out to the naysayers that very few bands in either scene have amassed a gargantuan fanbase on the level of a Slipknot, Korn or Deftones. It is a genre that for many a metalhead such as myself and those I encountered tonight at The Bread Shed, was the first to expose them to heavy music, and its importance has clearly endured through California’s Otep, who arrive on UK shores for the first time in almost two decades for their “Art of Dissent” tour. Continue reading
Hollywood Undead, busy touring non-stop behind last years’ album Five, has released a brand new EP today, Psalms. A companion to last years’ album, Psalms features previously released tracks, ‘Gotta Let Go’ and ‘Another Level’, as well as three brand new songs: ‘Bloody Nose’, ‘Live Fast Die Young’, and ‘Something to Believe’. Stream and buy the album below. Since unveiling ‘Gotta Let Go’ and ‘Another Level’ earlier this year, the standout tracks have racked up over 10 million views and streams. The group also recently clocked over 1.1 billion total U.S. streams across their catalog, over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, and over 440 million total YouTube views. Continue reading
Hot on the heels of festival performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals and also in the United States this summer, Hollywood Undead have announced a headline tour of Europe this summer. The band recently unveiled two new singles, ‘Gotta Let Go’ and ‘Another Level’. Check them out below, along with the tour dates. The band continues to support their 2017 album FIVE (Dove & Grenade Media/BMG).
It’s no surprise given the current political landscape of the world, that our artists, musicians, and other creators are going to be the greatest champions for the people. It’s clear that the systems we have propped ourselves up on for decades such as government, schools, the church, brutal corporations and other institutions have failed us terribly. So, of course, Otep Shamaya and OTEP come back now with a new album to basically put everyone sucking the love out of this world on blast. Hitting ’em where it hurts verbally and bringing the heavy, Kult 45 (Napalm) is just the antidote if you’ve lost your faith about the future. Continue reading
St. Louis neo Nu Metallers Discrepancies have released their official music video for their new single ‘Rock The Show’. The track comes off of their début album The Awakening, which is out now. Check out the hilarious clip below, Continue reading
In previous incarnations of these end of year pieces, whether hosted by the good ship Ghost Cult, or wherever, I’ve indulged myself by launching into a kind of state of the world address at the outset. You’ll be pleased to know that, in the main, I’m going to spare you such an ordeal and just get down to the business of Heavy Metal brilliance. Why, you cry? Because, listening-to-music-wise (and in general), I’m in the best health I’ve been in for a good twenty years, I’m back in my zone of loving what I love… oh, and there’s a lot of damn good metulz to get through! So, here be my snapshot in time at my thoughts on 2017… (note, “favourite”, not “best”) Continue reading