A metal icon, a prog innovator, and now the progenitor of the modern rock opera?!?! It’s true! Devin Townsend adds another chit to his belt with the beyond epic Z2 double album. Yep, you read that right: Double. Album. Years in the making and finally fully realized thanks to fans who over-contributed to Townsend’s Casualties Of Cool campaign, Z2 is the epitome of all that has come over the last several years. There’s bits of the 4 album concept in here along with Epicloud and even hints of Casualties Of Cool. [Read more…]
Their frontman looks like Neil Fallon but sounds like Jello Biafra, the band slams down some rawk and/or roll meets punk meets rockabilly, and their latest EP is 9 tracks long but barely clocks in at 20 minutes. They’re called Child Bite out of the great state of Michigan and if that opening statement wasn’t a dead giveaway, they’re here to blow your freaking minds. [Read more…]
I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say that Old Man Gloom albums are somewhat of a cathartic, almost religious, experience. Despite the exercises in sonic extremes, OMG always litter their albums with a certain ambiance that tempers the brutality making the music they create collectively not only unlike anything heard in their respective “day jobs” (Isis, Cave In, Doomriders, Zozobra, Converge, etc.) but also unlike anything out in current heavy music today. Is it magic when these four gentlemen convene in a room together? If The Ape Of God is the sole evidence then the answer is decidedly “yes!” [Read more…]
Surprise albums make for the best albums. You know which ones I’m talking about: Those ones that seemingly come out of nowhere from a band you really love who maybe hasn’t produced an album in, say, eight years or so?
Which brings me to I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness. [Read more…]
What do you get when you put the singer/guitarist from The Trophy Fire, the drummer from Far, and the bassist for dredg in a room to create some new music? Definitely not what you’d expect. On the debut album from Black Map, this trio blows away all expectations and takes listeners on a sonic journey that’s a little bit prog, a little bit hard rock, and a whole lotta heavy with a healthy dose of space rawk thrown in for good measure. [Read more…]
I’m not saying this is the greatest Slipknot album yet…but it kinda is. An album that should not be is now less than 24 hours from being released. Fueled by death and inner turmoil, .5: The Gray Chapter is a fury-filled fuck you to naysayers and a triumphant step forward for the nine.
It’s also a giant fuck you to fired founding member Joey Jordison who many believed was the driving force as far as songwriting was concerned. Just listen to “The Negative One”, Slipknot’s first tease from the album released back in August. Never mind the obvious jab in the song name (“One” was Jordison’s number) all you have to do is take one listen to any of the lyrics within: “I hope you live/To see the day/When your world comes up in flames/And as you die/You see my face/You’re the only one to blame”. And that’s just one refrain. Stylistically this “gift to the fans” showed off strong songwriting with a vicious track that captured the raw ferocity of Slipknot merged with modern technology. [Read more…]
Make no mistake, I love Bloc Party. I do. But there was always something about that band and certain aspects that didn’t gel. Especially in the latter days and the more electronic aspects when vocalist Kele Okereke seemed to push in a different direction. Then came his solo outings and songs like “Tenderoni” and “What Did I Do” and you could just tell: this is what he’s supposed to do. [Read more…]
Thirty freaking years of the Ultra Heavy Beat. Think about this people. Thirty. Freaking. Years. Through numerous line up changes, band dissolutions, reformations, and finally coming up with a proper “band”, KMFDM have endured and celebrate such a momentous occasion the only way they can by not dwelling on the past but by instead looking to the future with a brand spankin’ new collection of Ultra Heavy Beats. [Read more…]
Maybe I’ve just been watching too much of Noisey’s recent documentary on the NOLA music scene lately but the debut opus from MA natives Wormwood shares a lot of its DNA from the greats of down south than any of the bands the Wormwood members have been previously or currently associated with. A more straightforward Eyehategod in spots, Kylesa in others, this offshoot of an offshoot absolutely rips from start to finish. [Read more…]
The return of grimy, sleazy, good old fashioned industrial electronic noise rawk is upon us, my friends. Cocksure started it with their debut in August (You can read all about TVMALSV here) and now Prude is here to continue to give it to ya good. Featuring members of Chemlab, Caustic, and Plastic Heroes, Prude’s unique brand of noise is anything but what their name implies. On the dark age of consent these industrial electronics pros delve deep to create some tunes destined to penetrate your psyche and unleash your id.
“PLUSism” is not so much an opener as it is a statement of intent curated by Prude ringmaster Jason Louche who delivers a downright sinister spoken word welcome to the dark age of consent. But don’t expect this trend to continue throughout because “great eraser (in the sky)” which follows is almost a Pop song. Think T-Rex meets The Stooges with these huge guitar riffs made for a stadium and propulsive drum beats. “darkroom.”, however, gets back to the nitty gritty of industrial noise with synths flowing but still featuring those epic guitar lines adding a little Andy Taylor Duran Duran flair to the mix.
Meanwhile, “airlock.” turns the album in a completely different direction with a slow, dark, ominous drone and Louche’s sneer propelling the album to Portrait of an American Family/Nothing Records territory. “brief history of fire.” injects a little PWEI dance flavor into the mix while “scatterbrain.” ramps up the big riffs.
In a nutshell, Prude’s stunning debut might best be summed up by the timeless words of Metropolis Records label mate Kap’n K: “In the age of super-boredom, hype and mediocrity. Celebrate relentlessness, menace to society.” Menace away, Prude. We’re ready for it.
the dark age of consent is out on September 23rd. Get yours from the indomitable Metropolis Records here.