Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Spencer’

FullSizeRender (2)I always love it when bands premiere their albums a little early of their release dates because it gives you the fan a chance to listen to the record. You essentially get to test it out before you buy it and that sounds like one heck of a deal to me. Five Finger Death Punch did just that with their upcoming sixth record Got Your Six which comes out everywhere September 4TH via Prospect Park. The band which is made up of Ivan Moody (Vocals), Zoltan Bathory (R. Guitars), Jason Hook (Guitars), Chris Kael (Bass), and Jeremy Spencer (Drums) may have had a little care not too long ago, but they are ready to roll. Jeremy Spencer commented on the album saying, “I’m digging it, man. It’s actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we’re running the whole gamut of sounds.” The album is the band’s follow up to both volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell. The band premiered their new record a week early of it’s release on Pandora Radio and yours truly checked out the new record.

5fdpJekyll&Hyde1.  Got Your Six– Starts off light before the band drops the hammer for a real hellraiser about having someone’s back. 4/5

2. Jekyll & Hyde– The beginning has a real Faith No More feel to it because of the vocals, but that is because Jason Hook took a voice mail that Ivan left him at 2:30AM and turned it into a song. 4.5/5

3. Wash It All Away– A real melodic track in the beginning with a very cool groove about the troubles of fame. 4/5

4. Ain’t My Last Dance– A real hard charging track with a cool groove that is about putting in all the effort with none in return. 4/5

5. My Nemesis– A slowered tempo track that still crushes about not hiding your bad side. 4.5/5

6. No Sudden Movement– A track whose heaviness builds up like a frieght train going a 1000 in the beginning. 4/5

five7. Question Everything– The track has a melodic intro, but it bursts into overdrive. The really cool part about this song is the acoustic/flamenco style solo that you get which is a little different and awesome. 5/5

8. Hell To Pay– Sledgehammer like riffs makes this track an absolute headbanger. 4.5/5

9. Digging My Own Grave– A real melodic intro with drum machines, but never fear because the tempo gets turned up during the choruses. 4/5

10. Meet My Maker– Another groove laden track that is absolutely hammering. 4/5

11. Boots And Blood– This is the last track on the album and it’s pretty heavy. Ivan during the verses does more talking than singing as he is tell everyone off.

My Final Thoughts: Ivan Moody says this right on the band’s website, “If someone asked me to sum up who and what Five Finger Death Punch is, I would tell them everything they need to know is on this new record. Hands down, “Got Your Six” is our best one yet.” I really believe the band has been tearing up the scene, but do I think this is their best work yet? I’m not 100% positive about that right now because there are other albums from the band that I enjoy. I truly believe that the band absolutely tears it up on this record and it shows on every track. I am giving the record 4 stars out of five for a final grade. Check it out as it comes out this Friday (September 4TH).

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

fiveIn the beginning of last year we had found out that Five Finger Death Punch were going to release two albums in the same year instead of releasing one double album. Sounds like a smart marketing ploy right? It’s genius on their part because it keeps them fresh in people’s minds and they make you wait for the other half instead of giving it to all at once. Guns N’ Roses did it with the Use Your Illusion albums, but they released them on the same day. The band which is made up of Ivan Moody (Singer), Zoltan Bathory (Guitar), Jason Hook (Guitar), Jeremy Spencer (Drums), and Chris Kael (Bass) and The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1 was released back on July 30. The album featured the collaboration with Rob Halford of Judas Priest and a track with Maria Brink of In This Moment. Volume 2 was released on November 19 and it featured 12 tracks with one being a cover.

File:5FDP Battleborn Cover Art.jpgThe first track on the record is called Here To Die and it’s all guns blazing metal assault with the type of beats that will have fans banging their heads along with them. I love because Ivan does an amazing job of mixing the heavy screaming vocal style with his smooth vocal abilities. Weight Beneath My Skin starts with some heavy pummeling double bass before the groove metal laden licks kick into overdrive. Wrecking Ball is the next track and it’s your typical Five Finger Death Punch track that has the in your face style mixed with the classic pour your guts out choruses like Over And Under It for example. Battle Born was the first single released off this album back in September and it kicks ass. The track is about all the stresses of the road and how it’s easy to lose track of everything. Cradle To The Grave starts a certain way, but then out of nowhere they have this fist pumping part which leads into a sonic assault that will melt your face off. Matter Of Time is just complete and utter bonkers with the drummer shining brightly in the beginning of the track. This is truly one of the most bad ass tracks on the album because Ivan has an amazing voice that matches where ever the music is going. The Agony Of Regret features some really cool and dark acoustic guitars as the track is only a 1:41 so it’s kind of an intro. Cold starts with some pianos showing the band is very diverse and not just a one trick pony. The song is a modern day power ballad done Five Finger Death Punch style which means that some occasional double bass and some heavy guitars are included along with a kick ass solo.

five finger'If you think they were going soft, you have nothing to worry about because Let This Go brings the metal assault back in full force. My Heart Lied is next and I think the guitar riff is cool because it’s dark and apocalyptic sounding during the verses because it sounds like it lingers there over your head. A Day In My Life is the next track and its probably one of the most bad ass songs as it pummels you into the ground like a jackhammer. The last track is a cover of House Of The Rising Sun, but Five Finger Death Punch starts it out sounding like folk music before the heavy rhythm section kicks in. Out of both volumes, it’s the best cover they’ve done. Out of both volumes, I actually prefer Volume 2 over Volume 1. I just believe that it has an overall better sound to it. That is why I am going to give The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2 4.2 stars out of five.