Posts Tagged ‘High On Fire’

gQ_phVKiIt has been quite some time since we last did an Unsigned Band Of The Week and we are trying to get back into our groove here with a new band every week. Every once in a while when you are searching for a band to cover for the Unsigned Band Of The Week, one will either stumble right in front of you or somehow they find you. That is definitely the case with this week’s band that found me on my Twitter page (@ERaticWanderer) which is why I chose them. The band I am talking about of course is Phoenix, Arizona’s own The Jasons. The band can be best described (according to them) as music for the zombie apocalypse because let’s face it if you’re still alive and the proverbial sh** has hit the fan in the world then what better music than this while you’re slaying zombies. The thing that attracted me the most besides their cool description for the band is the influences that they listed ranging from Black Label Society to High On Fire, Mastodon, and even The Sword. These are all bad ass bands that started somewhere just like The Jasons. Check the band’s track Seeker below, but if you want more information then be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the music side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

As I said in an article last week, at the end of the year we are going to have The Monster Entertainment Awards once again. This time around, we will be adding categories like Single Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year. A good way to get on that list is to make a really kick ass video and High On Fire have definitely contributed to the metal side of the category with their video for The Black Pot. The band teamed up with Skinner and The Beautiful Jerk to create a kick ass Animated video that debuted on Adult Swim which just means that it’s awesome. Skinner talked about the video saying, “I wanted to make an animated short film with Hey Beautiful Jerk, I just didn’t know how completely crazy it would get. At first I thought we should do a real simple story with action fights to wear down the timing a little bit. But then I thought, f–k it, here’s a super complicated story with a million characters and it’s off the wall crazy and s–t. Wanna do it?” The team of Mark Szumski and Gina Niespodziani added to the conversation saying, “This has definitely been the most challenging and the most rewarding project in the history of Hey Beautiful Jerk. Creatively, we did not make many concessions and we really pushed ourselves to see how far we could take this thing. It worked.” The track is the latest from the band’s album Luminiferous to get the video treatment. Check out the video below:

 

High-On-Fire-4Matt Pike, the High On Fire singer/guitarist has gotten himself into the news lately when he sat down for an interview recently with The Void. In the interview, he has some insight into Dave Mustaine and how Metallica would never be Metallica without him saying, “He was an innovative f–king guy for that era. I don’t think Metallica would sound like Metallica without Dave Mustaine. I don’t think a lot of people would be doing ‘jugga-juggas’ if Dave Mustaine hadn’t set that Metallica thing up. I can tell by his playing. I know the songs that Dave f–king wrote in that band, and then you see him and what he does now. And, you know, there’s certain albums that I like better than others, but probably because I was a kid when  So Far, So Good… So What! came along. And then nowadays, when I hear it, I’m an older man… It’s still great, but it’s not the one that I had the lust over when I was a metal kid. I never thought I’d be sitting in a room with Dave Mustaine at any given moment in my life.” To read the rest of the interview, go here.

GettyImages-458112578Some sad news to report to all rock fans out there as Keith Emerson was found dead in his due to what police are saying was a single gunshot wound to the head. They are investigating it as an apparent suicide as Keith suffered from depression and degenerative nerve tissue. Keith Emerson was the keyboard player in Emerson, Lake, and Palmer who released the iconic record Brain Salad Surgery back in 1973. He was 71 years old when passed away. Carl Palmer offered some words for his former band member saying:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson.
Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.
I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humour, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft.

I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.

Iron-Maiden-Ed-Force-One-Damage-2One of the coolest things in Metal was knowing that Iron Maiden had their own airline jet called Ed Force One and that they were taking it with them on there 36 country tour. Now reports are coming in that the band has kind of hit a road block on their tour while they were in the country of Chile. Apparently, there engines were struck and damaged at the airport. Here is the full statement from the band:

ED FORCE ONE BADLY DAMAGED ON THE GROUND IN COMODORO ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ (SANTIAGO, CHILE) AIRPORT

CONCERTS IN ARGENTINA TOMORROW AND TUESDAY EXPECTED TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED
Ed Force One was this morning tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refueling prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba for the next show. On moving the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital. We hope of course that they make a full and speedy recovery and we will be closely monitoring their progress. The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines.
We are currently making contingency arrangements to get to the show in Cordoba tomorrow with band, crew and equipment intact. Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto EF1 at the time of the accident. Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next 2 shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. And we hope to find a new Ed Force One to continue this adventure with us in the near future. We will keep everyone updated when we know more, so keep checking only on this site for official news.
To finish on a high note however, our visit to Chile was a huge success with 58,000 fans coming to the show as totally brilliant as ever in the Stadium Nacional last night. We love you guys!

Dez-Fafara-of-DevilDriverIn other news, Devildriver have announced some new details on their brand new album Trust No One which comes out May 13TH. The band announced the track listing for the album and that they have parted ways with bassist Chris Towning as they prepare for their tour. Dez Fafara, the band’s lead singer, talked about the record saying, “Trust No One is a vicious record filled with huge grooves and big hooks, guitar bass assery and thundering drums! Lyrically it goes to a realistic space exploring a ton of different emotion and headspaces regarding being human and what it means to exist. The band worked long hours writing as well as in the studio along with our producer to forge Trust No One! I hope you turn it the f–k up and enjoy this record from start to finish!” To replace Towning, the band brought in former Wayne Static and Static X bassist Diego ‘Ashes’ Ibarra. He will join the band immediately as they prepare for a couple of big tours which includes a headlining one and a direct support spot with Hatebreed. To check out the full dates, go here. Here is the track listing for the new album:

DevilDriver, Trust No One Track Listing

01. “Testimony of Truth”
02. “Bad Deeds”
03. “My Night Sky”
04. “This Deception”
05. “Above It All”
06. “Daybreak”
07. “Trust No One”
08. “Feeling Ungodly”
09. “Retribution”
10. “For What It’s Worth”

Now is your time to make your voices heard as I open the voting for the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. This particular post is for the movie side and the rest of the awards we are giving out like Superhero TV Show Of The Year (1st Time), Male Wrestler Of The Year, Female Wrestler Of The Year, etc. Some of the awards you can expect from the movie side are some of the usual’s like Movie Of The Year, Bad ass Movie Of The Year, Horror film of the year, Cameo Of The Year, and more. We have some surprises in some of the categories that may throw you off, but we felt that they were the best of the year. Take your time, look over the categories, cast your vote (it’s your civic duty as fans), and share the hell out of this post. You have until January 31ST at 11:59 PM ET to cast your vote

Now is your time to make your voices heard as I open the voting for the 5TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. This particular post is for the music side of the awards as we present the awards for categories like Album Of The Year, Rock Album Of The Year, etc. We have some surprises in some of the categories that may throw you off, but we felt that they were the best of the year. Take your time, look over the categories, cast your vote (it’s your civic duty as fans), and share the hell out of this post. You have until January 31ST at 11:59 PM ET to cast your vote

 

 

One of Black Metal’s most revered musicians in Abbath is back on the scene with a new solo album and track for us to hear. The former Immortal Frontman recorded a solo album which is entitled Abbath and it’s due out January 22ND via Season Of Mist. The single that was recently released from the legendary singer is called Ashes Of The Damned. The song fools you a little when it first comes on cause it’s very melodic, but never fear because when the guitars kick in, it’s black metal heaven. The insane guitar sound that we all love from Abbath’s past is intact on this track and it’s killer. Creature (Kevin Foley) blasts away on his drum kit as the band kicks into overdrive melting your face off with every chord. The legend is also on tour here in the states as he is the headliner for the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour with High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation. To check out some of those tour dates, click here. Otherwise, check out the single below and pick up the new album on January 22ND.