Released some twenty-five years into a career that saw them burst out of the east-coast hardcore scene in the mid nineties, Heavy Pendulum (Relapse Records) is Cave In’s seventh album, and is a landmark release for the band who sadly lost their bass player Caleb Schofield to a car accident in 2018. Schofield also provided many of Cave In’s heavier vocals, and his role in the band is assumed by close friend Nate Newton (Converge, Deathriders), and who also has a mean voice himself.
Ritual’s Enigma (Self-Released) is an insanely tight EP that boats some of the best names in the music business; all of whom are renowned composers and songwriters. Joining Mike Lewin, Terry Knight, Franco Necros, and James Marinos are Devin Townsend, soprano Dianne van Giersbergen, and jazz harpist Amanda Whiting. The result is a strong release is Enigma that puts a smile on the face of the listener.
Melvins recently released a new covers EP – Lord of the Flies EP from Amphetamine Reptile Records. You can buy the CD (vinyl TBD) from AmRep’s website. Check out the band covering fellow Seattle brothers Soundgarden’s classic 1990s hit “Spoonman” featuring drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden/Pearl Jam. Cameron plays “double drums” along with Dale Crover, Steven McDonald on bass, and King Buzzo on guitars and vocals. The track was recorded by Toshi Kasai at Sound of Sirens studios and the video was directed / edited by Jesse Nieminen. Watch it now! Continue reading →
Do you like music that will make you happy? Do you want to head bang and pogo and raise a glass to your mates? Do you like singing at the top of your lungs in sheer unadulterated glee? Then Toxpack’s offering of Zwanzig. Tausend Volt (Napalm Records) is the album you have been waiting for. Zwanzig. Tousend Volt is fun, light-hearted, fast paced and utterly engaging.
Considering the progressive nature of Atlanta genre dodgers Mastodon, the only real surprise regarding the band’s choice to record an eighty-eight minute double album is that it’s taken them this long to do it in the first place.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Soundgarden’s iconic 1991 album Badmotorfinger (A&M), they posted to social media to connect with the fans. In their post they explained the past confusion about the release date of the album. Apparently, the album was to have originally dropped the same date at Nirvana’sNevermind (and RHCP’sBlood Sugar Sex Magic) but there was an issue with the artwork. The band gave the story behind the actual release date of October, 8th, 1991 and you can read it here. Read our retrospective on the album here.
From the opening salvo of big bruising rocker ‘Wicked Woman’, you know what Blacktop Mojo’s new self titled album (Cuhmon Records) has in store – a heady mixture of Southern Rock, Grunge and Hard Rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soundgarden and Black Stone Cherry are the ingredients, with the outcome being muscular riffs, big choruses, plenty of volume, and an angsty, grunge-like atmosphere.
This past weekend Brandi Carlise performed in Washington State at the infamous venue The Gorge Amphitheatre. In addition to a set of her classics and new songs, she was joined by the surviving members of Soundgarden for several tracks. Brandi and her bands were joined by Kim Thayil, Ben Sheppard, and Matt Cameron (Pear Jam) for a run through of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed”. Brandi paid tribute to late frontman Chris Cornell first at the 2019 concert tribute to Chris where she covered “Hunger Strike” with Chris Stapelton, and also these two songs for this performance for a special Record Store Day release in 2020. Watch them now!
Following up a breakthrough album, such as Boss Keloid’s last opus Melted On The Inch (Holy Roar) which finished at #4 in Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year poll in 2018, is a challenging proposition. Stray too far from the magic formula and you risk undoing that giant stride taken forwards (even without being a band that has always taken efforts to ensure development and evolution of their sound is a given); repeat the previous approach and accusations of diminishing returns, or playing it safe, abound along with an invariably inferior product. Continue reading →
Chris Cornell, the enormous talent with a one-of-a-kind voice, passed away four years ago today. Few have had the ability and success music world, with both a solo project and acclaim with three different bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave,Temple of the Dog as Chris did. His scream and his riffs continue to reverberate forever. If you are having mental health and emotional issues, know that you are loved and valued. Please, don’t be afraid to seek help.Continue reading →