Update 6/24/2018 8:19PM ET: Sources are reporting that someone close to the Abbott family are telling TMZ that Vinnie died from a Major heart Attack. Loudwire reached out to his management and this is the statement they released:

We have no knowledge of who spoke with TMZ.
Whoever spoke to them did so on their own and not
based on any factual information or authorization
from Vinnie’s family or Pantera management.

Our official statement remains:
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul passed away on Friday, June 22.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are currently available.
When they are, an updated official statement will be released.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Thank you for your query.

 

180623013401-vinnie-paul-pantera-super-teaseI am still not quite sure what words I need to say to express the utter shock that the rock/metal world and I are in after the news broke of the passing of Former Pantera/Damageplan/Heallyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. At first, I had to do a search online to find out if this was one of those fake articles that are always posted on Facebook when it says a celebrity has died. CNN, the new site confirmed for me that Vinnie Paul born Vincent Paul Abbott died at the age of 54 years old. We still at this time do not know what the cause of death is, but what we do know is that he is finally reunited with his brother Dimebag Darrell. Vinnie along with his brother Dimebag were the co-founders of the groove metal band Pantera who dominated the metal scene with the release of Cowboys From Hell in 1990 and they continued to dominate with albums like Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven until the band broke up in 2002. They went on to start a new band in Damageplan releasing their only album in 2004 entitled New Found Power and toured with the act until the death of his brother in December of 2004.

getty638images-115361519jpgVinnie had taken some time off from the music scene releasing the home video collection Dimevision, Vol. 1 in 2006 as well as a never before heard collaboration album with Country music legend David Allen Coe entitled Rebel Meets Rebel. He didn’t get back in the studio until 2007 when he officially became a member of the supergroup Hellyeah which featured Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla to record the self titled debut album. Together the band would release five albums with the latest Unden!able coming out in 2016. It is said that Vinnie has laid down drum tracks for an upcoming album, but it is not known yet what will become of that album as of this time. The band however has released a statement with Tom Maxwell saying, “Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place. Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close. Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.” Fellow musicians and other celebrities have come out to pay tribute to one of the greatest drummers of the modern era. There is a lot more tributes online and on Twitter, but the ones below are just some of them. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul (1964-2018)

bray wyattbretcorey gravesdeeffdpjamey jastamark tremontimegadethpaul stanleyslashvince

 

 

Advertisements

october rustWhen you think of Goth Metal, there is usually only one band that I find synonymous with those words and that is Type O Negative. They were the band that brought the brand to the mainstream and made it cool to buy and bands like Him can thank them for that. Besides the band’s breakthrough record Bloody Kisses, one of my all time favorite Type O Negative records is October Rust which was also their fourth studio album and the first to not incorporate so much of the doom metal sound they were known for. Instead, they settled for more ballads and one heck of a cover song to boot. The album once again featured the late and great Peter Steele (Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar), Kenny Hickey (Guitar), Josh Silver (Keyboards), and for the first time Johnny Kelly (Drums). The album was released on August 20, 1996 and it was produced by Steele and Silver and it featured some new techniques never employed before (like joke intros and abrupt endings). The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while finishing in the top 10 in Sweden, Germany, Finland, and Austria as well being certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies.

october rust back1. Bad Ground– This is the first time that the band employed a joke intro into one of their albums. It basically contains just low level buzzing to make you think that your speakers are not plugged in correctly. 4/5

2. Untitled- It’s basically the real intro to the album where the band asks if you enjoyed their joke 4/5

3. Love You To Death– One of my favorite Type O Negative songs that opens up with a cool piano track before the comes in with their distorted attack in this gothic love song about a guy who is in love with a girl more than she is him. 5/5

4. Be My Druidess– Type O was the best at getting a point across with so few words and they do in this song about love in the gothic/black sense. The track is like a heavier version of post punk like Joy Division. 5/5

5. Green Man-a very cool track lyrically where he is talking about an ancient diety that pre-dates Christianity. He is sort of symbolic of nature in the sense that he dies when winter comes only to be reborn in spring. 4.5/5

6. Red Water (Christmas Mourning)– a kind of sad song about someone who has lost some loved ones and it’s Christmas morning and he is drowning in his sorrows. 4/5

7. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend-This track is another one of my favorites where it sort of has that 70’s psychedelic sound with the keys mixed with the distorted instruments. The track is basically about Peter wanting to bang his bi-curious girlfriend’s girlfriend. 5/5

october rust cd8. Die With Me– The track starts off like they are in an airport when all of a sudden the clean channel guitars kick in and Peter sings about the one that got away. 4/5

9. Burnt Flowers Fallen– Another track where with the least amount of words, he manages to say a lot in this track about how he has come to grips with the fact that the girl he loves is no longer his. 4.5/5

10. In Praise Of Bacchus-Bacchus is the Roman equivalent to the Greek God of wine in Dionysus, but in this track he is drowning in his sorrows with the help of wine. 4.5/5

11. Cinnamon Girl-The band’s heavy and awesome cover of the Neil Young classic. 5/5

12. The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa– an intro track of sorts with a really long title that sounds like it’s a liberating day in this fictitious country. 4/5

13. Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)– This is a track that is certifiably love making music done Type O Negative style. There are a lot of metaphors in this track and I think the werewolf element is just symbolism for power. 5/5

14. Haunted– a track whose lyrics are profound in what they are about. The song is about being haunted by visions of a love that maybe you lost or can’t have and when you try to sleep at night, you have trouble cause you are thinking of her. 5/5

15. Untitled– an Outro to the album where the band downplays the making of the record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing record by an amazing band that decided to take a chance with this record and it paid off. This was actually the first album I had ever heard from the band before I dug any deeper into their catalog. My favorite tracks besides the obvious two are Wolf Moon and Haunted. My least favorite tracks are the intro tracks especially The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic… I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

archenemy_willtopower_2017For a couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out what bands do I love that I have yet to cover for Album Of The Week? Then it dawned on me when I was looking back at some of my favorite albums of 2017 that I have yet to cover Arch Enemy. Arch Enemy was a band at one point that was considered a supergroup, but they’ve earned enough respect over the years to be known as a Swedish Melodic Death Metal band. The album that I chose for all of you today is the band’s tenth studio Will To Power which once again features Alissa White-Gluz (Lead Vocals) for her second album with the band, Daniel Erlandsson (Drums, Co-Producer), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass), Jeff Loomis  (Guitars) in his first official full length album with the band, and Michael Amott (Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Co-Producer). The album becomes just the fifth album to ever hit the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at 90 (Doomsday Machine #87, Rise Of The Tyrant #84, Khaos Legions #78, and War Eternal #44). The album also peaked at #3 on the Billboard US Top Hard Rock Albums and #15 on the Billboard US Top Rock Albums charts as well.

archenemy2017promonew2_6381. Set Flame to the Night– An instrumental that showcases the guitar work complete with sirens and police chatter that help set up the next track. 4/5

2. The Race– An all out blitzkrieg of metal fury launches into overdrive when Alissa takes control vocally. The track contains elements of thrash with just pure heavy metal and the lyrics are deep as Alissa talks about Race and how it has affected mankind. 5/5

3. Blood In The Water– Another track that is just pure heavy metal from start to finish and Alissa does a good job balancing semi-clean vocals with her distinct death metal growl. The track features an insane guitar solo that is a true highlight of the track. Alissa is singing about the current climate of the world that is just engulfed in hate and war. 5/5

4. The World Is Yours– a sonic face melter right riff starts off the track in a track that is all about seizing the day because no one else is going to do it for you. 4.5/5

5. The Eagle Flies Alone– The track starts off with a cool melodic riff before it turns into a straight up metal track reminding me a little of 90’s Megadeth in a track that is all about someone who is just an outsider and lives by their own rules. 5/5

6. Reason To Believe– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record and I love if because it feels like it has a very Scorpion-esque sound to it. It’s very melodic and melancholic with a cool guitar riff from Amott and Loomis. I also love the fact that we get some clean vocals from Alissa to go with the screams. This is also the only track to have been written and featuring Michael’s brother Christopher. 5/5

arch enemy7. Murder Scene- A bass driven track to start before the all out double bass peddle madness begins complete with some amazing guitar solos. The track’s lyrics are very interesting because it could be about someone who faced trauma or the fact that a relationship is over makes it hard for a person to deal with. 4/5

8. First Day In Hell– A very dark track that chronicles the horrors of going to a concentration camp back in the late 1930’s/early 40’s. 4.5/5

9. Saturnine– An instrumental track featuring a keyboard or piano before the guiatrists come in as it leads to the next track. 4/5

10. Dreams Of Retribution– With the power and fierceness of Judas Priest, the band blazes through your speakers in a track that is about someone that is locked away in an asylum because of someone and they are plotting their revenge for the day they leave. 4.5/5

11. My Shadow And I– The all out assault on your ear drums continues in this one that seems to be about your conscious tormenting you for ever decision you make, but I could be wrong. 4/5

12. A Fight I Must Win– The last track on the album that talks about no matter what you face in life, you have to overcome it or you’ll be sucked into the agony of whatever it is. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I think Alissa has done an amazing job with the band as she fits in perfectly with the bunch. I know the band is listed as Melodic Death Metal band, but let’s be honest their only link is the vocal style. This is a metal band right here that deserves to be in convos with other greats. My favorite tracks on the album are Reason To Believe, Blood In The Water, and The Race. My least favorite track(s) are My Shadow And I and Murder Scene.I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. Be sure to check them on tour right now and in the fall.

lemmyOne of the most legendary women singers in the metal genre has always been the very cool and sweet Doro Pesch who at one time was the frontwoman for the band Warlock before going solo. The metal queen has been tearing up the scene since 1982 and it doesn’t look like she’s ready to stop anytime soon. With her new album Forever Warriors, Forever United coming out on August 18TH via Nuclear Blast, Doro was kind enough to share a brand new music video with all of us which is also this week’s Metal Video Of The Week in the track All For Metal. The video is primarily a performance based video which shows clips on stage and the craziness of the crowds in Europe as well as some special guest appearances from peers like Chuck Billy of Testament, Amon Amarth, Zakk Wylde, and many more of her peers as well. One of the cool shots that you get to see in the video is Doro partying with fans near the Lemmy statue because I am very sure that if Lemmy Kilmister was still alive he would have been in the video. Check out the video below and be sure to check out the record and these awesome pre-order packages right here.

ghost vs nameless ghoulsOne of the things we have learned over the years is that being in a band is a very difficult thing to do. We have learned that being in a band is like being in a committed relationship with your bandmates and we have learned from bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, Skid Row, White Zombie, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, and so many other countless bands that sometimes divorces happen and those can get pretty ugly pretty damn often. A little more than year ago, a nasty break up was definitely the case when came to Swedish rock/metal act Ghost after four Nameless Ghouls came out and revealed some information to the world. The Nameless Ghouls came out and revealed their names and claimed that the frontman of Ghost Papa Emeritus a.k.a. Tobias Forge had screwed them out of money. Simon Söderberg (Alpha, Guitars), Mauro Rubino (Air, Keyboards), Henrik Palm (Ether, Guitars), and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth, Drums) all filed a lawsuit for compensation that basically totals $22,000. If you look below, you will see a full statement that Söderberg posted on Facebook airing out all of his grievances.

75071_0_wide_ver1527249826.jpg@642Of course, Tobias Forge didn’t stay quite for a very long time and he basically responded saying that Ghost was a solo project and that when the band was formed that, “none of the plaintiffs were present at the time.” He basically says that they were paid a price like hired guns that was fixed and that he is basically the mastermind of the band having created the image and music. If you want to read the full response to the lawsuit you can do so by clicking on article one and two. In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Gazette, Tobias told Scott Mervis, “There was a string of events that led up to that, of course. As any individual in some tandem with other individuals, there are times when you need to break up and times when you have to get divorced, and do a spring cleaning. That itself is not different than any other band or any other social circle. Of course, it’s never a joyous experience, but it was something that needed to be done. We’d come to a point where we’d exhausted …I’d done everything in my power to try to accommodate a few of my friends to enjoy this ride that I had taken them on, but the project and myself had just come to a point where I couldn’t make them happy, whichever way I chose to go. It was only met with resentment and complaints and general obtuseness, and at the end of the day you had to come to a point where, “Well, you guys don’t even need to be there. You’re free to go. I need to survive. I need to do my thing. This is my thing. None of you were here from the beginning and you have no responsibilities except to be on stage at 8 o’clock and you’re getting paid.” What you heard it just a culmination of years, years, of complaints and ungratefulness, let’s put it that way.”

papa-tobias-768x506One of the things that bothered me the most as a fan of the band was the fact that his identity was revealed. I thought it was a very cool mystique to have as people continually tried to figure out whether it was Tobias Forge behind the mask. Tobias doesn’t seem to be sour about it tell Blabbermouth, “I haven’t felt very anonymous for many years. I don’t feel very bummed by that. I can feel bummed about the reasons why it was revealed. [Laughs] But, it didn’t do much harm. I don’t feel, in any way, like a loser here and it didn’t seem to do a lot of harm. No, especially with a little bit of hindsight and couth. It’s fine. I feel good. It’s going well. I’m out here working. I made a record. [Laughs] You know, it’s always alarming, obviously, when you have people, and some of them used to be close to you, working diligently to destroy your life. That’s always a bummer. That sucks. Sometimes that happens in all parts of the world: at workplaces, in schools, in families, in relationships and friendships. There’s nothing new about it; it’s perfectly natural. It’s a sad avenue to ride down on, but it’s a part of life and it’s fine.” He also added to the convo about who he will choose in the future saying, “You should hire people because of their abilities and not proximity. You usually learn the hard way, unfortunately. I learned that. [Laughs] So, lesson learned! It’s all good. I’m never, ever going to do that again.”

GhostOf course, the band responded to the claims of Ghost being a solo act saying on Reddit, “Forge has certainly been the band’s main songwriter, has had the role of cinematic front figure ‘Papa Emeritus,’ has been a driving force in the band’s business, as well as in the handling of the band’s business affairs. However, the activities carried out with respect to Ghost were extensively handled jointly by the members – for example, by making decisions jointly regarding the band’s image, by participating in interviews, and by the fact that every member has, at certain times, contributed when recording albums and singles, and by touring together almost continuously since 2011.” They went on to add, “To the contrary, Tobias Forge always emphasized that it was a collaboration that everyone was involved in, and would share in the profit of, once the business became profitable. The first time Tobias Forge, through the band’s management, mentioned that he saw them as hired musicians rather than full-fledged members of Ghost was in the context of a contract proposal presented in April 2016.” One thing is for certain and that is I agree 100% with Tobias and this statement regarding the lawsuit, “I took it almost as an acknowledgment that I must be doing something right. If things were going down the fucking tubes, no one would care.” Think about it, if Ghost was on their way out, none of these guys would have cared as much about it. It remains to be seen what happens next, but stay tuned for more because Justice will be served!

Afd_locked_n_loadedIt has been quite some time since we last did a rock video of the week and there is a video that I have buzzing about lately from one of the best pure hard rock bands to come out of the 80’s. On June 29, 2018, Guns N’ Roses is going to be releasing one hell of a box set to commemorate one of the greatest debuts of all time in Appetite For Destruction with the Lock N Loaded edition. Here is what is included in the box set according to wikipedia, “The box set will include 73 songs on four CDs (49 of which were previously unreleased) and seven 12-inch 180-gram LP’s. It will include remastered versions of the album, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, an EP of b-sides, 25 recordings from the group’s 1986 Sound City Studios sessions, and two previously unreleased tracks from the group’s sessions with Mike Clink. All of the songs from the G N’ R Lies album will also be included, with the exception of “One in a Million”. In addition to the music, the set will include a 96 page book with unreleased photos from Rose’s personal archive, 12 lithographs visualizing each song on the album, and assorted replica memorabilia.”

gnrThe real thing that I am buzzing about is the band has released a never before seen music video for one of it’s classic tracks. According to the video, the video for It’s So Easy was worked on, but it was never finished hence why it’s unreleased. The video for the track starts off with Axl talking to the crowd at the world famous Cathouse that was once owned by Riki Rachtman and he tells them about how they were given money to make a video for MTV to try and help sell more records. He then tells them that he wants to make the video on GNR wants to see and then the chaos and excess begins. The video itself is primarily a performance based video with some extra shenanigans thrown in there to show you how decadent the 80’s really were. There is just something so amazing about seeing the original lineup in this video. There is something magical and electrifying that you wish you could see once again and you know these guys had it. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up the box set.

machine headOne of the most underrated American metal bands to come out of the 1990’s has to be the one and only Machine Head. These guys deserve a lot of credit for the fact that when their own label was against them, they never lost sight of their goal and they kept going to the point that they are undeniable now. That is why I have decided that for this week’s album of the week, I am going to cover one of their albums. My introduction to Machine Head is thanks to a CD sampler that used to be handed out at every single Ozzfest. The sampler for 1997 or 98 I believe contained a track called Ten Ton Hammer and ever since that day I was instantly hooked. The album I chose for this week is the band’s second album The More Things Change… which was released on March 26, 1997 and was produced by Colin Richardson. The band at the time featured Robb Flynn (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), in his last appearance with the band Logan Mader (Lead Guitar), Adam Duce (Bass) , and in his first appearance with the band Dave McClain (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it was the band’s first album to hit The Billboard Top 200 Charts when it peaked at 138 while going 16 in the UK.

machine head back1. Ten Ton Hammer– One of my favorite songs on the whole entire record that hits you like a ten ton hammer to the chest in a track that is all about being the best and making sure no one tries to bring you down. 5/5

2. Take My Scars– A very interesting track on the album that could look like it’s about Robb’s upbringing, but according to a source, it’s sung from the devil’s point of view. 5/5

3. Struck A Nerve– a great track on the album that can be interpreted in a multitude of ways, but I think it’s a song about shocking the system or striking a nerve like they did right from the start with the whole kill the pro-life line. Duce’s bass playing is awesome on this track as well as many others. 5/5

4. Down To None-a track that starts very eerily with the clean channel guitar chords until the band lunges forward in a song that is about depression. 4.5/5

5. The Frontlines-A metal assault that sludges along, but my favorite part is the bass driven parts by Duce in the verses in a track that is all about how we allowed the government to do what it is doing because we never took a stand. 4.5/5

MACHINE-HEAD-The-More-Things-Change-2-16. Spine– Duce helps kick off the track with some sick bass playing before Mader and co. come in with the extra artillery. The track is kind of deep as it’s about someone who went through a traumatic experience and the one person he wanted to be there for him wasn’t. 4.5/5

7. Bay Of Pigs– a track with a little bit of a punk/hardcore flare to it that is all about his war against authority or the cops of San Francisco. 4/5

8. Violate– a little bit of a slower pace for the band almost resembling a Pantera Far Beyond Driven-esque vibe in this track that could be about someone who did something very bad to him. 4/5

9. Blistering– The track starts out with that awful denist drill that sent chills up my spine in this track that is all about that thing you do when you let all the hate bottle up inside, it’s just blisters. 4/5

10. Blood Of The Zodiac– The last track on the album that starts off slow before it picks up the pace in this track that is all about being your own person and not depending on others. Rising to the occasion and making a change that works for you. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I think that early Machine Head is some of the most brilliant material, but then again the latter part of the band’s career has been amazing as well. This won’t be the last time we see Machine Head on here for sure. My favorite tracks are Ten Ton Hammer, Blood Of The Zodiac, and Struck A Nerve. My least favorite tracks on the album would be Violate and Bay Of Pigs. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.