Posts Tagged ‘Down’

One of my all time favorite frontman in metal will always be ex-Pantera/current Down and Superjoint legend Phil Anselmo. He will always be an icon in my opinion and that is why when I see he has a new release, I usually pay attention to it which is why for this week’s metal music video of the week, I chose the new track from the rebranded and reformed Superjoint called Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. This is the title track off the band’s latest disc which came out a couple of weeks ago and it’s like any other Superjoint track where it is punishing and chaotic at the same time. The music video the band presents is definitely unique in where it has that old time silent film feel and look to it while switching back and forth to the frontman singing the lyrics. Anselmo described the video very well saying, “The video is supposed to be as ridiculously abstract as the song itself. But regardless, it makes its ridiculous point(s) dreadfully well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself as you see the band dressed in old time clothing handing out flyers in New Orleans to people who look uninterested. Check out the video below:

ScourBandYou are probably wondering just who in the world is Scour and why do I have them as the single of the week this week. Scour is a new supergroup of sorts from troubled former Pantera/current Down singer Phil Anselmo. The band also features John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer) on Bass, Chase Fraser (Animosity, Continuum) on Guitar, Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation) on Guitar and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) on Drums. The best way to describe the band can only be answered by one man and that is Phil himself, “The Scour thing was something that just popped up, and it’s something that I think I can kill, something I can lay it out. They’re short songs. It’s a short EP, and that’s something I can knock out… I think (there’s) one of the fellows from Cattle Decapitation, but it’s predominantly, in my ear, modern-ish black metal-sounding, thrashy black metal type stuff. I’m going to put my own spin on it. I don’t have to sound like your boy from Gorgoroth [laughing] to get the point across, man. There’s other ways of singing over that style of music, and I shall employ many styles.” That is essentially why I chose it for the single of the week. Check it out below:

afiAFI (A Fire Inside) is one of my favorite bands out there in the punk scene so when I saw the headline AFI and No Doubt plus the word Supergroup, I was like what? So, apparently since AFI are done with their touring cycle for the 2013 amazing album Burials, Davey Havok has foudn a way to keep himself busy as he teams with the remaining members of No Doubt in Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young. The members of No Doubt are not doing anything considering that Gwen Stefani is busy doing The Voice and she is also busy with her new solo album which comes out in March. So, I am wondering exactly what in the world is this going to sound like as you take a punk rocker and mix him with some Ska Punks. I am definitely going to be paying attention to this, but as of right now the band is searching for a label to shop their already written record. So, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to us.

Scott-Ian-Phil-Anselmo1Last month we saw a huge backlash after disgraced vocalist Phil Anselmo made some anti-Semitic gestures during Dimebash 2016 which include a 11 minute scolding from Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, being kicked off of several festivals, and even a backlash from the metal community as well. Phil even wrote a letter telling the members of Down to continue on without him as he was ashamed for what he did. Well, now longtime Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the situation basically saying that Phil deserves to be forgiven “if he proves that he deserves to be.” He went on to say, “Just asking to be forgiven doesn’t mean you should be forgiven. And I’ve had a running dialogue with Phil since this happened. It’s not like I just posted something online without actually speaking to my friend. I’ve been having a dialogue back and forth with him. ‘Cause if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t have contacted him at all. But I cared. Phil, I’ve known the dude almost thirty years. He’s like a brother; he’s family. And when someone in your family has a problem, you discuss it and you try and find a solution.” Ian elaborates even further, “My attitude towards the whole thing was, to me, silence is complicity. If you don’t say something about something like this, then you’re condoning it, and I can’t condone that in any way, shape or form. It’s not okay in any world, let alone the metal world, to do these kind of things in any type of context, because words are too powerful, especially Phil Anselmo’s words, because there’s too many impressionable people out there who listen to every f—ing thing that dude says.” What do you think, is Scott Ian right? You be the judge!

original_demandheaderNow that Nikki Sixx is no longer with Motley Crue, he has a lot of free time, but don’t worry because he already has something going. Sixx: A.M. has new music in the works and the band plans to tour in 2016, but there’s a catch with that. You see the band posted a bunch of cities that they can stop through and it’s up to you the fans to decide where they will stop. The cities with the most votes will more likely be added to the tour queue. Here are the cities:

Memphis, Tenn.
Chicago, Ill.
Louisville, Ky.
Bethlehem, Pa.
Charleston, W.V.
Hartford, Conn.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Norfolk, Va.
Nashville, Tenn.
Madison, Wis.
Little Rock, Ark.
Richmond, Va.
Baltimore, Md.
Raleigh, N.C.
Lansing, Mich.
Des Moines, Iowa
Knoxville, Tenn.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Columbia, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Sayreville, N.J.
Rochester, N.Y.
Mobile, Ala.
Baton Rouge, La.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Buffalo, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Providence, R.I.
Springfield, Mo

To vote for your city, please visit this site.

ad5726b8-121e-48fa-8497-ce6cb10dc21d1This next piece of news is one that I do not know how to interpret. If you are a fan of rock group Kiss, the one thing you want to see more than anything else is a reunion of the original members of the band. Well, there is news out there will make you think as Ace Frehley, the Spaceman announced that he is releasing a new album which is a covers record. Where’s the part that makes you think you ask? Well, Paul Stanley, the starchild is on this album as he sings a track. Boom, are you thinking now? The album is called Origins Vol. 1 and Stanley plays on the cover of Free’s Fire And Water. The album also features Slash (Thin Lizzy’s Emerald), Lita Ford (The Troggs Wild Thing), John 5 (Jimi Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic and Kiss’s Parasite), and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready (Kiss’s Cold Gin). Ace will be heading out on tour soon, so check out some tour dates here and check out the full track listing below:

Ace Frehley, ‘Origins Vol. 1′ Track Listing:

1. “White Room” (Cream)
2. “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones)
3. “Spanish Castle Magic” (Jimi Hendrix) feat. John 5
4. “Fire and Water” (Free) feat. Paul Stanley
5. “Emerald” (Thin Lizzy) feat. Slash
6. “Bring It On Home” (Led Zeppelin)
7. “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) feat. Lita Ford
8. “Parasite” (KISS) feat. John 5
9. “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf)
10. “Cold Gin” (KISS) feat. Mike McCready
11. “Till The End of the Day” (Kinks)
12. “Rock and Roll Hell” (KISS)

Phil Anselmo, the former singer of Pantera and current Down frontman may have felt the heat and backlash from some anti-Semitic words and gestures he made at Dimebash 2016. He tried to offer an explanation as to why he said the words “White Power” followed by some Heil gestures by blaming it as a joke with white wine. Not everyone in the world was buying that excuse especially Robb Flynn of Machine Head who immediately went on the attack with a video he posted explaining his disgust over the situation. I also expressed my thoughts as well to the situation saying that just because of who he was, it didn’t make it OK for him to do that. Now Phil Anselmo has posted a video begging for forgiveness from the metal community and anyone that was offended by the gestures. Here is what Phil says in the video,

Philip H. Anselmo here, and I’m here to, basically, respond to all the heat I’ve been getting that I deserve completely. I was at the Dimebash and it was extremely late at night [and] there was heavy-duty talk between myself and those who love Dime. And heavy emotions were flowing, jokes were made backstage that transpired upon the stage, and it was ugly, it was uncalled for. And anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe in any of that; I don’t wanna be part of any group. I’m an individual and I am a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what I said, because you should have taken offense to what I said. And I am so sorry, and I hope you just… Man, give me another chance to… Just give me another chance. I love all of you. And anyone who’s met me, anyone who knows me knows that I love all of you. Bless you.

I am not going to be Judge Dredd by giving the final say, but at least he now knows that he can’t get away with those things. He now knows that we are not going to accept those mindless gestures and just brush it to the side because of who he is. Phil needs to grasp the idea and the fact that everyone is held accountable for their actions. I am obviously going to let you be the judge of all that and if you choose to forgive him then that is your choice. Check out the video apology below:

LL-TourIf you are a fan of rockers The Veer Union, then we have some exciting news for all of you. You can catch The Veer Union on tour starting in February on the Round 2 Live And Loud Tour as the band hits the road with openers Bobaflex, Artifas, and Bridge To Grace. The starts February 18TH at the Brick By Brick in San Diego and concludes on March 27TH at the Bada Brew in Crest Hill, Ill. The Veer Union hit the road in support of their 2016 release Decade which marks ten years since the band first released their debut album. Meanwhile, Bobaflex are tour in support of their 2015 release and Monster Entertainment Awards nominated album Anything That Moves, while newcomers Artifas and Grace To Bridge tour in support of their debut albums. The Veer Union are going to look a little different on the road to those who seen the band before as every member is new except for singer Crispin Earl. Check out the tour dates below to see if they’re coming to a city near you.

The Veer Union With Bobaflex, Artifas + Bridge to Grace Tour Dates

2/18 — San Diego, Calif. @ Brick by Brick
2/19 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Last Exit Live
2/25 — San Antonio, Texas @ Fitzgeralds
2/26 — Abilene, Texas @ Legends Rock House
2/27 — Tyler, Texas @ Clicks Live
2/28 — San Leon, Texas @ Clicks Live
2/29 — Lafayette, La. @ The District
3/02 — Slidell, La. @ The Corner Pub
3/04 — Clarksville, Tenn. @ The Warehouse
3/05 — Madison, Ala. @ 11th Frame
3/06 — Jackson, Tenn. @ The Empourium
3/09 — Tallahassee, Fla. @ Pugs Live
3/10 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Amos Southend
3/11 — Anderson, S.C. @ TJ Whispers
3/12 — Fayetteville, N.C. @ The Rock Shop
3/13 — Geensboro, N.C. @ Blind Tiger
3/16 — Charlseton, W.V. @ TBA*
3/17 — Morgantown, W.V. @ TBA*
3/19 — Hagarstown, Md. @ Hard Times Cafe*
3/25 — Kent, Ohio @ The Outpost*
3/26 — Southbend, Ind. @ TBA*
3/27 — Crest Hill, Ill. @ Bada Brew*
* no Bobaflex

The-Ghost-InsideBack in November of 2015, The Ghost Inside were involved in a bus accident outside of El Paso, Texas when their bus collided with a semi-truck. Most of the band members suffered serious injuries during the crash had to be taken to a hospital via helicopter. We have an update now on Guitarist Zach Johnson who had to have a couple of toes removed due to the accident. I will warn all of you that if you can’t take images like this then be forewarned that it looks gruesome. To see the image, please click this link.  I wish the band a safe and speedy recovery and hopefully we can see them on the road again in the future.

20130712-phil-anselmo-306x306-1373646895The ever outspoken former lead singer of Pantera/current Down singer Phil Anselmo is in some troubled waters as of late. During the Dimebash that happened last week Phil can be heard saying white power and giving the white supremist salute during the show. Now here is my issue with it, this isn’t the first time that he has done this. As we all know, he is very outspoken almost like a foot in the mouth kind of guy. Back when Superjoint Ritual were touring Ozzfest, he made some racist comments during the band’s set in Mansfield, MA. I know that because I was there and witnessed it first hand. Phi responded to the sentiment on Housecore Records Youtube page saying:

Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the “inside joke of the night” was because we were drinking f—ing white wine, hahaha…
Of all f—ing things.
Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin.
There’s plenty of f—ers to pick on with a more realistic agenda.
I f—ing love everyone, I f—ing loathe everyone, and that’s that.
No apologies from me.
PHA ’16

Sad to say, but this is just Phil being Phil and there is nothing you can do about it.

hellyeah2014lineupwbrady_638If you are a fan of Hellyeah then get ready for some news that the band just delivered. Hellyeah is going to be releasing a new DVD and they just set up a new Pledgemusic account to raise money to record a new album that would be the follow up to Blood For Blood. The name of the DVD is called We’re All In This Together and it was recorded during the band’s tour of Australia back in 2015. Some of the prizes you can get by donating money to the band is a gig-played drum set from Vinnie Paul that is going for $30,000, various autographed items, personal voice messages from band members, and so much more. To check out their Pledgemusic page, go here. Tom Maxwell talked about the new record saying, “It’s all coming along great. There’s a lot of new stuff coming out that we’ve never tried before, and a lot of heavy s–t.” Chad Gray added, “There’s definitely been a change. It’s definitely not the same, but that would be boring if it was the same. Whatever you do; tune in here, pre-order the record and keep coming to the shows.” Check out the trailer to the DVD here, and stayed turned for more info as it comes.

Pantera battleThe latest edition of When Metal Bands Fight may be the saddest edition that we have ever done only due to who it is and what has transpired over the years. Back in the early 2000’s, Pantera had ultimately ended without us really knowing for a while. Phil Anselmo had revived his supergroup side project Down as they released an album followed with a tour while Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell stood still waiting. Next came Phil’s Superjoint Ritual side project and that was all the Abbott brothers could stand to take as they moved on and created Damageplan. For about a year, Phil Anselmo was trading jabs at the Abbott brothers with one infamous interview in Metal Hammer Magazine.  In the December Issue released in 2004, it was reported by Blabbermouth and here is a quote from Phil about Dimebag, “He would attack me, vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me I could kill him like a fuckin’ piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I fuckin’ smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.” Seven days after Blabbermouth reported that quote, Dimebag Darrell was shot several times at a club in Columbus, Ohio. It is still known as the most infamous and tragic death in Heavy Metal history. Phi would try to claim that Metal Hammer Magazine misquoted him and that it wasn’t what he said or meant. Nevertheless, it started the war between Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul as shots were fired.

vinnie-paul-1In the March 2008 issue of Guitar World. Dimebag Darrell’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney fired some shots at Phil blaming him for what happened in Ohio saying, “The bottom line is Phil’s actions led to what happened. The guy wouldn’t have been after Vinnie and Darrell if Pantera had not broken up. It was all due to Phil’s stupid, stupid actions.” While some may justify that comment, whose to say he wouldn’t have done it if Pantera were still together. I only say that because of the theories of why he did it that have been reported. In an interview with Metal Underground in January of 2008, Vinnie commented on whether or not he had been in contact with Phil saying, “No, man. I don’t want to talk to him. I don’t believe anything he says. He’s the master of lies. He says that shit because he wants the fans to believe what he has to say and follow what he does. And they’re like sheep and they will. I don’t want to elaborate on it any further apart from to say: listen to the Metal Hammer interview and you’ll know exactly how he felt about my brother. He can say anything he wants, now on the backside.

phil and vinnyIf Phil was trying to make amends with Vinnie Paul as what was being reported three years before, he certainly didn’t seem like he wanted to in a 2011 interview with Metal-Injection as he made this statement to them, “I’m fine with Rita. Me and Rita have always been cool. Sure, there was a fallout. But the way I look at it is, if it really is affecting someone to where they have to come out and say hateful things about me, untrue things about me, paint bullshit mystique about me, then, in their heart of hearts, they do care about me — that’s the point. Vinnie Paul’s closed-door policy when it comes to me, that’s something he’s gonna have to ride around on his shoulders the rest of his fucking life. I know this: My door is always open, and always has been open — always has been fucking open. And it is a little frustrating when you have a loose end and you’re trying to tighten everything up. But you can’t make everybody fucking happy all of the time — you can’t. So, Vinnie Paul, he has no effect on my life at all — no effect at all. Good job, I’ll say to Vince — you’ve hurt me. And you keep on hurting me. Great job! Where is it getting you? That’s my question to him. My door has always been wide open, and I’ll leave it at that, because I think everybody else knows the rest. It’s fucking pretty A-B-C simple. He doesn’t want to… There is a fear in him of me. That motherfucker is so fucking terrified of me. But somewhere within that terror, somewhere within this invented — and I do say ‘invented’ — scapegoat fucking slapping redneck hatred of his, there is a love bigger than any of that fucking shit, and that’s why he’s acting the way he’s acting. So that’s that.”

imagesDon’t worry because Phil made a response video claiming that Blabbermouth was to blame for the negativity in that last comment saying, “This is Philip H. Anselmo and I just wanna talk to you people out there and all the fans that might be interested in the last video interview that I did that [sic] got ahold of, and they picked one little sentence out of my entire transcript and they made it a headline and they made it look ugly. Really, all I was saying was that I love Vinnie Paul and my door is always open. I may not approve of how he may go about things and this and that in regards to our relationship, but still, the big deal and the bottom line here is, make no doubt and let there be no question, I love Vince, and all of you out there, you know what Blabbermouth is it’s a sensationalist site and they’re looking for as many hits as they can possibly get at anyone’s expense. So take that for it’s worth. I apologize to anyone who I might have offended who read this little headline. But for any of you who were offended, read a little deeper into it, and you’ll understand that I come from love as well. Once again, my choice of words wasn’t the best, but that’s just how I talk. Anyway, I love you all. See you soon on tour.

77_photoAccording to, Rex Brown, who was the bassist for Pantera weighed in on the issue of the war between Phil and Vinny giving us a little insight into how Vinnie Paul is during a press tour for his autobiography in March of 2013 saying, “When you read the book, you will understand his persona and his way of going about things. I’m not trying to hack Vinnie at all – I have a lot of empathy for him – but in the long run, the guy carries a lot of hatred with him that it’s not right… I don’t carry around this terrible vendetta against people.” Acccording to Phil, there was an effort made to patch things up as he told wikimetal Brazil, “Honestly — and I’ve spoken with Zakk about it as well — we’re very aware of the public perception out there, but honestly, until I speak with Vinnie Paul, which has not yet happened, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, nothing can happen. Honestly, I tell you, my phone is on the hook, my e-mail is wide open, my door is wide open. I would love to talk with Vince. Honestly, if there were no more bad feelings and we could talk, and we could come to an understanding, I think it would mean not only a lot for me and myself — it would mean the world to me — but it would mean a great deal to the fans out there as well. I think people don’t want to see this arguing anymore. It’s time for some peace. It’s time for some brotherhood. And honestly, we should be setting an example instead of being the opposite. And I’ll just say that my door is wide open, and so far, Vinnie’s door is closed, and it’s a shame.”

Horns Up Rocks Pantera Phil Anselmo Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul of course gave his response to what Phil said when he told Envision Radio Networks Hangar 18, “I just don’t have any interest in it, man. I’m happy doing what I do, I’m enjoying being in a band where everybody really enjoys being around each other, likes each other. And I just don’t have any interest in living in the past, man. I wanna move forward in my life and that’s all there is to it.” 21 days later, Phil talked to and they asked him, if he was ever alone with Vinnie Paul on a one on one situation, what would he say to him and here is his response:

Well, first and foremost, I’d tell him I love him. I love the guy — as different as both of us are individually, we’re very different people. But the same can be said for all of us in Pantera. Rex [Brown] and I are very different people. Dimebag and everybody [were] very different people.

I would let Vince Paul know that I love him very much, and I would apologize to him for his misinterpretation in not understanding where I was coming from in my lowest point in our career. And then I would definitely touch upon how much lack of communication played a big role in our breaking up. A lot of that is on my back, which I’ve completely f—in’ owned up to. But I’m not sure the rest of them have owned up to their side of things, especially Vince, when it comes to communication.

At least in my life, I cannot hold onto grudges. It’s a waste of energy, a waste of time. And really, and I feel strongly about this, after we lost Dimebag in such a horrific way, I just cannot help but feel that Vinnie Paul’s entire healing process could have been helped a lot more had he reached out to Rex and I, and we could have healed somehow together — whether you want to call it ‘healing’ or not. But if we would have really focused together on this thing and come out of it as brothers — because we are brothers — in certain ways we could have formed an even stronger bond together. But that did not happen and I think it’s hurt us.

Put it this way, I don’t ever expect Vince to bend or break on his stance at all, I really don’t. But if ever given the chance, man, to get straight back to your f—in’ question, I would just really give him all the apologies, I’d tell him I love him and then I would say, ‘Look, let’s get down to differences now. You’re gonna have to hear my side of it. Take it or leave it, because you can leave it – you’ve already locked it out for x amount of years. What’s the harm in hearing me out one on one, away from everybody? What’s the harm?’

I have no anger toward Vince. No one can question a person — really he saw Darrell get shot. That’s a scarring thing for anybody. I wish it can be seen for what it is and that blame did not have to fall on anyone’s head or any circumstance. Because really it was a psychopath who had a hard-on for Pantera and it’s very well-known fact between Rex and I, between my family and myself — we all had to go through a lot of soul searching — but it could have been Rex, it could have been me, it could have been Vince. It was Darrell that was murdered and it’s just the way it happened. I could say, “I wish it would have been me’” or anything like that — I can say a million f—in’ things, man, and it still would not bring Dime back.

So this is always gonna be a tough thing to talk about, and I really wish instead of talking about it in this interview, Vince and I can be talking about it together and just ironing this thing out. I’ll end it with this: I don’t think this is fair to the Pantera fans. I really don’t. When you’re a fan of a band, you don’t wanna hear about them fighting. You don’t want to hear about their negativity. You don’t want to read that s–t. You don’t want to f—in’ hear about that crap.

I think it would mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people if one day Vince and I and Rex could all sit in the same room and work things out to the best of [our] abilities. I think everyone would breathe a great big sigh of relief, but the sad thing is I just don’t see it happening. 

Tune in later for Part two of When Metal Bands Fight: Vinnie Paul Vs Phil Anselmo

IMG_1865While Stone Temple Pilots attempts to be this generations Van Halen with their own version of Sammy Hagar in Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as the band did stop in New York City for a stop on their Sprint Tour at the world famous Irving Plaza with openers Dreamers. The performance was also broadcasted on Yahoo Live as it was the big test of how Chester was going to fit in the group as he has some big shoes to fill. It was also a big test of for band made up of DeLeo brothers Robert and Dean, and drummer Eric Kretz as they were ready to play the songs that brought them to this point. We know how the songs sound cause we’ve heard them countless times, but how were they going to sound with Chester and how was he going to carve his niche into Stone Temple Pilots. New York was definitely the spot to test it out as the crowd seemed into the show.

IMG_1860The band blasted through hit after hit opening with Lounge Fly and rocking out Vasoline, Sex Type Thing, Crackerman, Sin, Pruno, and the only original song played all night featuring Chester in Out Of Time. While the songs sounded amazing throughout the whole night reminding you why they were amazing in the first place, I earned for a little bit more out of Chester. He carried himself onstage with pink or magenta colored hair (not original) and he did his best impressions of Scott Weiland on stage as far as signing and movements were concerned. I did like that he tried to remain true to the originals and he even added his own flair to some songs and they were rocking. One of my favorite moments came during their semi acoustic part of the set when they had to address a heckler. Now you know that the band is going to have those, it’s obvious. So, during the band’s performance of Big Empty, Dean had to stop the show to address the heckler as he ordered security to get rid of him with a lot of expletives attached to it. The show must go on and it did as they wrapped up the rest of the set playing classics like Plush, Interstate Love Song, Down, and the encore songs Piece Of Pie and Dead And Bloated. It was a fun set to watch and you just have to be your own judge as to whether you like it or not. Now enjoy some pics from the set and the setlist.

1 IMG_1824 IMG_1845 IMG_1847 IMG_1849 IMG_1853 IMG_1855 IMG_1858 IMG_1861 IMG_1864 Stone Temple Pilots and Chester Bennington Perform at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on September 9, 2013