Gojira Exits The Metal Stratosphere On Defining Magma

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This is the one, people. You know when Mastodon had that record that really divided fans? That apparently crossed the line between what’s suposedly metal and what’s something else? This is the one that’s gonna do it for Gojira. It’s short (Only eight songs if you don’t count the two brief instrumentals), it’s concise, and there’s actual singing! But it’s still wholly a Gojira record. Trust me. [Read more…]

Burton C. Bell: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Fear Factory’s latest, and ninth album, is barely a year old yet here they are touring the country playing their iconic sophomore album from front to back. Despite the obvious reasons (Um, 20th anniversary of Demanufacture!), the answer for the current tour is actually quite simple as vocalist Burton C. Bell cordially explains via phone: [Read more…]

Machine Head Prepare To Decimate Brighton Music Hall This Weekend, New Album Bloodstone & Diamonds Out Now!

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My first exposure to Oakland’s Machine Head was waaaaay back in 1994 when the now classic Burn My Eyes was released. I was on the Roadrunner Records mailing list and occasionally got postcards about new releases (Yes, regular old snail mail used to inform people about new music). [Read more…]

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 9.1 (Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter)

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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…]