We are still reeling from the devastating news we brought you last night of the devasting loss of Punk and Metal legend and drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity. While we gather our thoughts to prepare a proper tribute, the entire music world seems to have mobilized an outpouring of love for Reed and support for the C.O.C. family at this time. Here are some remembrances from across the music world right now of the life and times and of Reed. Continue reading
I believe that it is human nature to want to find a lasting way to immortalize a loved one that has passed away. History has proven that the custom of creating a tangible or abstract method paying homage to the deceased has been a mainstay in almost every culture bringing comfort and solace for centuries. Humans that possess the soul of an artist seem to process loss and grief on a completely different level, most of the time creating something ethereal from their pain. Case in point, the sixth studio album from Heavy Metal badasses HELLYEAH, Welcome Home (Eleven Seven Music) is a fitting and spine-tingling tribute to their dearly departed drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott. The album as a whole possesses some very tasty stand out tracks. Continue reading
Last night HELLYEAH paid tribute to their fallen brother and co-founder Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died last summer. At The Celebration of Life, live at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, the band performed a set of originals including ‘War in Me’, ‘X’, ‘Love Falls’, ‘3’, and also played a Pantera cover of ‘ I’m Broken’ in Vinnie’s memory. The band recently recruited Stone Sour (ex-Soulfly, ex-Amebix) drummer Roy Mayorga to fill-in for Vinnie for the bands’ upcoming touring obligations behind their upcoming new album. Roy performed live with the band for the first time ever last night. No permanent replacement has as yet been named. Watch the videos below! Continue reading
from Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 17. His guest stint in The 8G Band, the show’s house group led by Portlandia star Fred Armisen follows other residencies by popular rock and metal drummers. Continue reading
It’s not often that a side project from an acclaimed band can stand on par with said original group. After all, a lot of sidebands become the vacation parent to fans; as a stop-gap measure for artists to toss eager followers a bone in between releases. However, that is not true of Stone Sour, launched in the shadows of Slipknot, and for over fifteen years has slowly ascended to the hard rock pantheon on their own merits. In fact, on their new album Hydrograd (Roadrunner), the band has put out an album that actually surpasses a few Slipknot releases outright. Continue reading
Duff McKagan will be releasing a new three song EP titled How To Be A Man, which will coincide with the release of his upcoming book How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions). Musicians on the recordings include guitarist Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) and drummer Taz Bentley (Burden Brothers). Preview music below.
A new supergroup is in the works, according to Skinhead Rob, which features himself with Nausea members John John Jesse (New Found Glory), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, Amebix) and Vic Venom (Regan Youth), and Tim Armstrong (Rancid).
Via Twitter, Skinhead Rob stated:
“New band in the works. John John Jesse, Roy Mayorga, Vic Venom, Tim Armstrong, and me. #ZERST�-REN”
No word on Zerst Ren is the band’s name, the album title or the Germanic word for “To Destroy.”
The 2015 Bonzo Bash NAMM Jam! will be happening at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on Thursday, January 22, 2015, with an all star cast set to perform.
With Bonzo Bash creator Brian Tichy newly endorsed by Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion, the legendary Ludwig is revealed as the main sponsor of the highly anticipated 2015 Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm! Led Zeppelin’s John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham is consistently regarded as the #1 drummer in rock. Bonham played Ludwig drums his whole career and his name is synonymous with Ludwig.
Having Ludwig sponsor Bonzo Bash gives an added authenticity to the celebration! Tichy/ Sutton Productions is very excited to have the two entities come together, all in the name of John Bonham!
The following artists have been confirmed to participate in this year’s Bonzo Bash:
Steven Adler (Guns n’ Roses / Adler)
Athena (Femme Fatale / Ex-Wives of Rock)
Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp / John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
Charlie Benante Fan Page (Anthrax)
Jimmy D’Anda (Lynch Mob / Lies, Deceit & Treachery)
Bevan Davies (Wayne Static / Danzig / Jerry Cantrell)
Cortney DeAugustine (Frank Hannon Band / Ronnie Montrose / Michael Lee Firkins)
Joe Franco (Good Rats / Twisted Sister)
John Hummel (Lady Gaga)
Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
Corky Laing (Mountain / Bonzo Bash Legend Award Recipient)
Thomas Lang (Asia / John Wetton / Paul Gilbert)
Dave Lombardo (Slayer / Philm)
Khurt Maier (Salty Dog)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
Gregg Potter (The Buddy Rich Band)
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow / Black Sabbath)
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Mr. Big)
Todd Sucherman (Styx)
Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson / Foreigner / Chris Cornell)
Mike Terrana (Rage / Yngwie Malmsteen / Tony Macalpine)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Franklin Vanderbilt (Lenny Kravitz / Stevie Wonder / Chaka Khan)
Les Warner (The Cult / Bow Wow Wow)
Simon Wright (AC/DC / DIO / Queensryche)
Burning Rain (Doug Alrich / Keith St. John / Sean McNabb / Matt Starr)
Host: Dean Delray (Rock n’ Roll Comedian)
Ali Handal (Neil Young / Paul Williams)
Robert Mason (Warrant)
Jeff Ocheltree (John Bonhams’s drum tech)
Mike Orlando – Fan Page (Adrenaline Mob)
Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter)
Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses / The Dead Daisies / Hookers & Blow)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
The Moby Dicks: Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol), Chas West (Bonham), Brent Woods Music (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
Belgium is synonymous with a lot of great things; beer, chocolate, the European Parliament (maybe) but it is not a country known for having stellar metal credentials. No wonder Channel Zero are local heroes. Having been around off and on for almost 25 years, they’re a big deal in their native land but haven’t quite had a same impact abroad.
Made up of Franky De Smet Van Damme on vocals, Tino DeMartino on bass and Mike Doling (Soulfly/Snot) on guitars, Kill All Kings (Metal Blade) is the Belgian outfit’s sixth album and first since the untimely passing of drummer Phil Baheux last year. Taking to the stool in his place is Soulfly/Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga. Produced by former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader, the band mix the thick dirty riffs of Black Label Society with the kind of soaring vocals you find on Alter Bridge albums.
Although often labelled a thrash band, there’s little in the way of machine gun drumming or all-out shredding. ‘Duisternis’ has a later-day Slayer feel and there’s the odd crushing moment with the likes of ‘Digital Warfare’ , but the on whole it’s the radio-friendly metal that stands out.
When he wants to really cut loose, Van Damme’s vocals take centre stage, the huge choruses of ‘Electric Cocaine’, ‘Crimson Collidor’ and the anthemic ‘Brother’s Keeper’ really show off the impressive range and power he has. Doling’s guitar work also deserves special mention; his blinding Zakk Wylde-esque solos really grab the attention. It’s just a shame that there’s often too much of the bog standard growling over shredding and not enough of Van Damme and Doling doing what they’re good at.
For every stand-out track, there’s a very plainly average one. Opener ‘Dark Passenger,’ and closing track ‘Heart Stop’ couldn’t be more different; the former potters along without ever getting interesting while the latter starts as a creeping melodic number that builds to an epic finale.
If you like meaty riffs and soaring vocals, there’s enough on Kill All Kings that will satisfy your itch – it is a solid enough album that’s good for drinking and head banging to. But if you’re after an album with real depth and without any filler, look elsewhere.