Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Cobain’

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.

loveSince the apparent arrival of Uber into the world, the world has since gone mad. Uber allows regular people to use their vehicles as Taxis in a attempt to make money for themselves. Well, this move has apparently pissed off a lot of people in the world who drive professional as Taxi drivers and in France they are firing back. All of the taxi drivers in France apparently are on strike over the inclusion of Uber into France and Courtney Love was caught in the middle of it. The widow of Kurt Cobain and former singer of Hole was arrived in France and was picked up by an Uber driver at the airport when their car was ambushed by a mob of angry taxi drivers. According to her account of the even on Twitter, she described the horrorific experience in detail. One tweet read, “they’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they’re beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.” She goes into great detail about how she had finally escaped the horrific experience with the help of a man on a motorcycle. I don’t think shell be using Uber anytime soon in France, but the singer during her tweets did call out the French President François Hollande questioning his fellow Frenchmen’s actions and asked him to get his you know what to the airport to resolve the problem. To check out more of her experience including a video she posted, you can either go to Loudwire.com who has all of the tweets or straight to her Twitter account here. Believe me, I understand why the Taxi drivers would be upset over losing business, but at the same time this is stepping way out of line. There is no need for violence in the world over something like this and I am not saying that because Courtney Love was in the car because no one should go through that experience. Be a little more competitive in price and maybe people wouldn’t use Uber. That is all I am saying.

montage of heckIt’s been a while since I last did a rock doc for all of you on here and there was an opportunity that I couldn’t give up as a highly anticipated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck debuted on HBO about the man who literally changed the world with his artistic genius. On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun inside in his him in Seattle, Washington leaving the world to speculate a to why he did it. He left the world as they speculated for years and years about why he did it blaming it on Courtney Love or the fact that the fame was just too much for him. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late Nirvana front man seemed to be on a mission as Courtney and her allowed director Brett Morgen complete access to everything that belonged to him from drawings, notebooks, journals, videotapes, etc. It’s a very personal access to what the front man thought and went through his whole life as you also get interviews in this rock documentary from his mother, father Don Cobain, sister Kim Cobain, Courtney Love, old girlfriend Tracey Marander, Krist Novoselic, and archived interviews with Dave Grohl, Buzz Osbourne, and footage of how they were with Frances Bean Cobain as a baby. 

kurtcobain_montageofheck_mainWhen I say that this is a very personal look into the life of Kurt Cobain, I really mean that it is a personal dark look into the life of a tortured artist. It seemed at first like he had the perfect life until things start to spiral out of control as soon as he went into his teenage years and it just spiraled from there. You seem him determined to make it to almost rejecting the fame to regaining his composure, but we didn’t know he hurt that bad. He was addicted to drugs and he knew it, but he will go down like so many other tortured geniuses of the past. The documentary was well directed, written, and presented. There are moments when things look like they’ll brighten up, but it gets real dark real soon. It seems in the documentary that he didn’t either like his fellow counterparts from Seattle and he was obsessed with Guns N Roses and Axl Rose. It’s a little weird at first to keep hearing them mention from time to time GNR and you wonder why. It’s cool to hear all of the tape recordings Kurt made and the videos he recorded as well because it gives you a look at the man himself. I have to say that I truly enjoyed this documentary from beginning to end and I recommend that you check it out as well if you are a fan of Nirvana or just curious. I am giving the documentary an A for a final grade.

So, apparently there is some buzz going around for the new HBO documentary about Kurt Cobain entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck that was spearheaded by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain and director Bret Morgan. Courtney Love and Frances allowed Bret full freedom to scour through all of their belongings which includes various tapes with one being an audio recording of Cobain talking about the first time he tried to commit suicide all for this documentary. One thing that the director found apparently was a sex tape that Love had made with Kurt and she confirms it saying, “Somehow Brett found the sex tape. Everyone makes one sex tape once in their lives. Eric would come over to our house and shoot really intimate stuff with me and Kurt. That’s just the way Eric is. Let’s move on.” According to Love, the film is, “as close to the truth as anyone’s going to get” and it debuts on HBO on May 4TH.

cornThe genius behind the animated metal cooking show called Cooking Hostile with Phil Anselmo is back with another animated series that is hilarious. Joey Siler is back a new series called Secret Metal Mysteries and it tackles the origin of how Korn got their name. The show is obviously just a parody, but it follows a band called Corn and how their name got ripped off by the Korn we know today and it parodies Korn’s music like the song Blind and Falling Away From Me to name a few. The video also shows you that in order for Jonathan to take down the original band to get rid of them , he enlisted the help of Deftones frontman Chino Moreno.  If you love Metal Parodies then you have to watch this one because it is so awesome. You can check out the video here.

alWhen one thinks of Black Metal, we always associate the genre with Norway and Sweden as well as burning churches and anti-christian beliefs, but now there is a band that is becoming more edgy than any of those bands. In Saudi Arabia, there is a band that is speaking out against Islam which just may be the riskiest thing any band in a region that is 100% Muslim can do. The name of the band is called Al-Namrood and they are speaking out against Islam which by the way is punishable by imprisonment or death in Saudi Arabia and for that reason is also why they are remaining anonymous. That we take risks news service Vice managed to secure an interview with one of the members of the band known as Mephisto. Mephisto describes the band’s name, origin , “Al-Namrood is the Arabic name of the Babylonian king Nimrod, who was a mighty tyrannical king who ruled Babylon with blood and defied the ruler of the universe, according to the tenets of monotheistic religions. We find the title of Al-Namrood to perfectly fit the message of the band.” Which by the way, the band’s name means non believer. He continues, “We’re fed up with religion,” Mesphisto continues. “The fact is that everything that is connected to it makes us nauseous. I personally spoke to a shrink. He advised me that whenever I get inflamed I have to express [what I’m feeling]. So here we are, expressing. What can be more motivating than living in a place where everything is controlled by religion? Basically, individuals here have no rights to do anything. We’re owned by the Islamic sharia. Everything we do must be justified by Islam and acknowledged by society. There are two outrageous powers: religion and our society. They both interact and fulfill each other.” Sadly, the band can not perform live because if they do they could risk the possibility of being put to death.

Five-Finger-Death-Punch-Papa-Roach1In concert news, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach are going to be hitting the road together in the fall, but they are doing things differently as far as where the tour will go. Both bands are leaving it to fans to decide where the routing of the tour will occur as fans are able to visit FFDP’s page here or Papa Roach’s here and vote for your city. The cities with the most votes will move on to each round until the final itinerary is decided. In This Moment and From Ashes To New will be hitting the road with them on that fall tour as well. Papa Roach will continue to support their album F.E.A.R. while Five Finger Death Punch continue to work on their sixth studio album. So, remember visit those pages, let your voices be heard, get those bands to your city.

Charlie-Benante-630x420As most of you know, Big Four member and Thrash titans Anthrax are about to head out on the road with Volbeat, but they’ll be missing a key component for the first couple of weeks. Drumme Charlie Benante is forced to miss the first couple of weeks of the tour due to issues of Carpal Tunnel syndrome resurfacing and he is undergoing physical therapy to help with the issue and so Jon Dette will be playing in his place. Charlie issued a statement saying, “This was a difficult decision to make especially as I had to miss dates on the last cycle because of my hand surgery. But the fact is, playing a show five or more times a week just isn’t realistic right now, I found that out when we were making our new album, and I don’t want to let the fans down by not being able to give it everything I have at every show. I was driving the other day and my hand went numb, so unfortunately, it’s just not 100 percent yet. I figure I can play for maybe three weeks at a time but then I have to let it rest. The guys in the band have been incredibly understanding and supportive, and I hope the fans will be as well. The positive side is that I plan to use the time off the road constructively and focus on our upcoming album, continue to work on the package artwork and develop a number of other ideas I’ve got for the campaign.” We just hope that Charlie will be okay and behind the kit in no time. Check out the tour dates with Volbeat below:

4/24 — 1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
4/25 — Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
4/27 — Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
4/28 — Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
4/29 — WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
5/1 — Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
5/2 — Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
5/3 — Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
5/4 — SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
5/6 — Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
5/7 — Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
5/9 — Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
5/10 — WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
5/12 — General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
5/13 — TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
5/14 — Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
5/15 — CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
5/17 — Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
5/18 — Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
5/19 — Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
5/20 — Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
5/22 — Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
5/23 — Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
5/24 — Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
5/25 — Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
5/27 — Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
5/28 — Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
5/30 — Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
5/31 — Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*
6/22 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates

primusFor the album that I chose for this week’s album of the week, I wanted to go outside my tastes a little so that I could expand my horizons musically. Plus, I have a lot of respect for Primus bassist/lead singer Les Claypool who may be the best bassist out there in the metal world. The man has done great things for the bass guitar as many have done for the electric guitar. I chose the album Antipop because it was the very album the band was supporting when I saw them on Ozzfest 1999 with Buckethead (Note: Buckethead is not credited on the album). The album features lots of musical guests from Tom Morello to James Hetfield of Metallica as well as some guests also producing tracks on the record. It was the band’s sixth studio album, it was the last to feature drummer Bryan Mantia, and it would be their last until 2011’s Green Naugahyde. When talking about the record Les has stated, “Antipop was the most difficult record we ever made, because there was a lot of tension between the three of us, and there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore. But there was some great things to come out of it, like the tune we did with Tom Waits, ‘Coattails of a Dead Man’. I love that song.” The album peaked at number 44 on the billboard top 200 charts and unfortunately songs from this record are rarely ever played live.

1. Intro- The intro is only 17 seconds long and it features Tom Waits.

2. Electric Uncle Sam– The track has an intro to it, but once the music kicks in it’s like a funk metal party that rocks. The track is about The Man and you shouldn’t be surprised as it was co-written and features Tom Morello on it. 5/5

antipop back3. Natural Joe– This is a track that is co-produced by Matt Stone of South Park fame and it’s another bass driven funktastic track that is about how people aren’t always what they appear to be. 4/5

4. Lacquer Head– This is a track that was produced by Fred Durst which the three verses in it are all about three different kids who puff on inhalants and the harm that comes to them from doing it. Fred has said that he wanted Primus to go back to their heavier sound and it worked. The track is amazing with a thumping bass line. 5/5

5. The Antipop– The track starts off real slow and with an eerie bass line in the beginning and then Mantia’s amazing drumming comes in before the song kicks into overdrive about being Anti-pop because pop music is just bland and not compromising just to get on the radio 4/5

6. Eclectic Electric– This is the track that features Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More) and James Hetfield (Metallica) playing guitar on the song and it’s another track that starts off slow as it is an 8 minute track. The track seems to be different stages of someone not being able to grow up. 4/5

7.  Greet the Sacred Cow– At first there is something playing in the beginning that sounds like praying in the Middle East before the music kicks in with a middle eastern flavor to the guitars, but in the chorus they get heavy. 4/5

antipop cd8. Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool-This is definitely a bad ass rock song with a little more guitars thanks to the fact that it is the second track to feature Tom Morello playing guitar and producing os it has that rock/rap flavor to it. 4/5

9.  Dirty Drowning Man– The track starts off with some crazy bass beats from Les before it settles down during the verses in a track that is about calling out to see who your real friends are. The track features Martina Topley-Bird on it and it was produced by Stewart Copeland 4/5

10. Ballad of Bodacious– a bluesy guitar track with funky bass riffs in a track that is about a bull (I think). 4/5

11. Power Mad– This is the third and last track that features Tom Morello’s guitar work and production in a track that talks about various presidents of the US that were power mad. 4/5

12. The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky– When the track first starts you feel like you are in space and then Les’s creativity comes in with his opening bass riff and then the funk starts in a track that is about going against the grain. 4/5

13. Coattails of a Dead Man– Surprisingly that someone had the balls to do it, but the song is essentially about Courtney Love ridding the coattails of Kurt Cobain. The song features vocals from Tom Waits and Martina Topley-Bird. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to say that back in the day, I didn’t understand the craze behind Primus, but after listening to this album and loving the guitar, I have a whole new found respect for Primus and what they were doing and still are doing. I really liked the album and enjoyed listening to the creativity that is displayed on it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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I decided to do this album for a reason besides the fact that it’s one of the most iconic releases Metallica has and besides the fact that it was the first. On July 25, 2013, Kill Em All by Metallica turns 30 years old and I am here to celebrate. It’s probably one of the most contrversial and legendary of the albums for the stories behind it. Metallica’s original line up consisted of James Hetfield (Guitars/Vocals), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Dave Mustaine (Guitars), and Ron McGovney (Bass). Ron McGovney would end up leaving Metallica due to tensions between him and Mustaine hence the reason Cliff Burton was brought in as his replacement. When the band travelled to New York to record the album, they fired Mustaine because of his drug and alcohol problems as well as his aggressive behavior and his clashes with the band. That is when Metallica called in the one time student of Joe Satriani and at the time Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett to replace him. The story doesn’t end there though with Dave Mustaine as you’ll see in the next paragraph. Let’s check out the album!

File:Metallica - Jump in the Fire cover.jpgHit The Lights is the very first track on the album and it’s actually a song that James brought over from his original band Leather Charm. I like how when the track starts out, it sounds like a bunch of madness before the razor sharp, fast as lightning thrash metal playing begins and it’s a song about hitting the stage to rock out. The Four Horseman is the next track on the album and it’s one of four songs that feature Dave Mustaine with a writing credit. The only thing is that James changed the lyrics and the title of the song from Mechanix to The Four Horseman and he wrote about the four horseman of the apocalypse. One interesting fact about the song is that it was based off of the main riff to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama when Dave was goofing around with it in rehearsals with Cliff. Motorbreath is the next track and it’s actually the shortest track on the album. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album because every time I hear it, I think of Motorhead for some reason because of the beginning. Jump In The Fire is the next track on the album and it’s another one that gives credit to Mustaine and it’s also one of the first original songs. When Metallica performed the track live, it was in standard g tuning, but since 2004 they changed it to F standard tuning. Lars at one time claimed that the song was written to sound like Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills which was a very popular song at the time. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth is the iconic bass solo track by Cliff Burton which showcases the legendary skills that Cliff had.

File:Metallica - Whiplash cover.jpgWhiplash is the next track on the record and it was the first single released about the effects of headbanging during concerts. “Bang your head against the stage like you never did before,” is an example of a lyric that talks about it. There’s also a rumor that this was Kurt Cobains favorite Metallica song. Phantom Lord is another track on the album that gives Dave Mustaine credit. The beginning of the track has that early Maiden Killers era like beginning before it shoots out of the canon like a Diamond Head track. No Remorse is a track that starts off with some Metal swagger before it kicks into the prototypical thrash song with the solo in the beginning. There are moments where it seems like Metallica experiments with elements of Doom like in the 1:23 mark. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. Seek & Destroy is one of the most iconic Metallica songs that was heavily influenced by Diamond Head and Saxon. I say that because Lars claimed that the track was heavily influenced by Diamond Head’s Dead Reckoning. The first three mini solos were influenced by Saxon’s Princess Of The Night. I wonder how many of you have noticed the unusual pitch of the string bend in Kirk Hammett’s solo at the 3:47 to 3:48 mark because Kirk has certainly apologized for it since it’s release stating that it is a bum note.

metallicaMetal Militia is the last track on the album and it’s also the last credited to Dave Mustaine. It’s also another thrash classic and you can certainly hear Dave’s influence on the track. I’m telling you that there hands are moving at the speed of light on the guitar because the song just blazes a trail behind it. Thanks to Cliff Burton, the album was called Kill Em All instead of Metal Up Your Ass which the producers thought was too offensive. I suggest that anyone that wants to get deep into Metallica’s music needs to listen to this record because of it’s historical significance to the band. Expect reviews of Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets to come at a later time, but for now this one needs a final grade. I am going to give this album four stars out of five only because it was their first record and it definitely made an impact.

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