ALBUM REVIEW: Slipknot – The End, So Far


From the sublime to the ridiculous, Slipknot have been criticised for many things over the years, but playing it safe is one accusation that rarely arises. While it’s true the Iowan nine-piece possess a patented, signature sound, it’s also clear they’ve never been afraid to take chances, pushing the envelope at every turn. Even on their 1996 full-length demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Slipknot were taking risks. Risks that led to the reward of a major label deal and a hugely successful career built on a foundation of unpredictability.

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Watch an Unboxing Video for Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” 3-Disc, 180-Gram Vinyl Edition, Out Now


Tool’s acclaimed fifth album, Fear Inoculum (RCA Records), has a brand new 3-disc, 180g vinyl release for 2022. The collection, which is available for order now at the link below, features new artwork from guitarist Adam Jones, and is housed in a triple gatefold jacket with an exclusive poster.

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ALBUM REVIEW: My Sleeping Karma – Atma


 

My Sleeping Karma proffers a heady instrumental in Atma (Napalm Records). The six tracks on Atma are ripe for playing over and over and over again and, at times, are mesmerizing to the point of feeling insensate. As this is a fully instrumental album, it’s up to the listener to provide sense and meaning to the aural sensations. Continue reading


Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” 3-Disc, 180-Gram Vinyl Edition Due Out This Summer


Tool’s acclaimed fifth album, Fear Inoculum (RCA Records), arrives as a 3-disc, 180g vinyl release on August 5th, 2022. The collection, which is available for pre-order now at the link below, features new artwork from guitarist Adam Jones, and is housed in a triple gatefold jacket with an exclusive poster.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Oreyeon – Equations For The Useless


Italian stoner rockers Oreyeon release their third album Equations For The Useless (Heavy Psych Sounds), a potent mix of stoner, grunge, heavy rock, and lengthier progressive compositions. This album notably draws on the influences of years gone by not only in style but was also recorded live, an approach to a recording I’m very much a fan of.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dälek – Precipice


Dälek (pronounced ‘Die-a-leck’) returns with a new album Precipice on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. In what is becoming a common refrain of recent times, the album originally planned for 2019 has been completely overhauled because of the pandemic, and the chaotic times we currently find ourselves in. The duo of MC Dälek and DJ Mike Manteca felt that the originally planned album wasn’t strong, angry or heavy enough for the times we have endured. The added strength, anger and heaviness are indeed defining features on Precipice.

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Tool Shares a Preview of Their First New Video in 15 Years for “Opiate2”


Tool will release their first video in 15 years, “Opiate2,” arriving today via RCA Records. You can watch a three-minute preview of the Blu-Ray short film is available below. “Opiate2” is a re-imagined and extended version of Tool’s 1992 single “Opiate,” with both the song and video marking the 30th anniversary of the EP of the same name’s release. The band wraps up their US tour this weekend with European dates to follow. Read our review of the tour here.

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