Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

PALE HORSEThe other week while cruising through my Spotify playlists that the app creates for you, I stumbled on a Type O Negative song and began to reflect on how much I missed the band and the music. Then as I am cruising through the web for new music, someone answered my prayers with the band A Pale Horse Named Death who look to bring back that alt goth sound from the 90’s that we love so much. The band which features not one, but two former drummers of Type O Negative in vocalist/guitarist Sal Abruscato and drummer Johnny Kelly. The band who is gearing up to release their third album When The World Becomes Undone (out January 18, 2019) have bestowed us with an awesome gift that is their first single entitled Love The Ones You Hate and the track is everything you would want. Sal talked about the track saying, “Love the Ones You Hate’ is one of my favorite songs. It brings back the early ’90s alternative goth metal that inspired us back then. The song is about moving on from friends that have intentionally hurt or betray you and it’s time to forget them, let go of the grudge and the hate towards them. I wrote this song at my home in upstate New York and finally had the fuel to finish the lyrics this past year.” As I said before, the track kicks ass and I am looking forward to listening to the album when it’s released. Check out the track below and check out some cool pre-order options the band has by clicking here. Also check out the artwork to the album and the track listing below:

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1. As It Begins
2. When the World Becomes Undone
3. Love the Ones You Hate
4. Fell In My Hole
5. Succumbing to the Event Horizon
6. Vultures
7. End of Days
8. The Woods
9. We All Break Down
10. Lay With the Wicked
11. Splinters
12. Dreams of the End
13. Closure

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SevendustAlliseeiswarOne of my favorite bands to emerge from the Nu-Metal scene was always the very talented Sevendust who have been soldiering on the scene as road warriors since 1994. 12 studio albums later and the band continues to persevere with a tour announced in 2019 in support of their latest effort All I See Is War. After having already released a single earlier in the year in the track Dirty, the band has now unleashed their latest in music video form for the track Unforgiven and its this week’s Rock Video Of The Week. The band talked about the video saying the concept of it was, “the world is rebuilding and the youth will be the ones to keep mankind going long after the adults are no longer around.” Lajon commented on the experience of working on the video with director Scott Hansen saying, “The ‘Unforgiven’ video was a great experience for me. I loved working with everyone on that shoot. It was like being in a movie for real and I hope we can do something like that again.” Lajon was one of the most sincere individuals I ever had the pleasure of interviewing and it shows when he talks about the band celebrating 25 years together next year saying, “I feel very blessed and fortunate, I could never take this for granted, to still be relevant in the music business. I don’t say fans, I say our family. They’re the reason we’re still here. We have a job to do.” Check out the video below:

sleepkillersWhile Slipknot may have debuted some new music the other day that excited fans, there is a new band on the horizon that is looking to get fans excited for this supergroup of sorts. For fans of Limp Bizkit, we have been promised new music from the band for a while and nothing has come of it. Well bassist Sam Rivers has decided to take some time away from Bizkit to write and record new music with a new band called Sleepkillers with Puddle Of Mudd/Burn Season vocalist Damien Starkey. The two spent a year together writing music without a label so that they could perfect their sound without any pressure from a label and that is their band Sleepkillers which is rounded out by Saliva drummer Bobby Amaru and Puddle Of Mudd guitarist Adam Latiff. The band has unveiled a music video for the track Dirty Foot and here is Sam explaining why they chose the song, “We picked ‘Dirty Foot’ as our first single because we feel like it’s the track that embodies our sound the most on the album. It’s got the melodic vocals mixed with all the heaviness and that’s really definitive to what our sound is — a tug of war between the two most powerful things in this world, love and hate.” The video is pretty bad ass as a vigilante is looking for revenge as he battles multiple thugs throughout the video. Check out below, look for the album in January, and tour plans to follow!

joe walshThe inspiration for today’s Album Of The Week is thanks to comedian and Podcaster Marc Maron who hosts the show WTF with Marc Maron. One of the guests that Marc had on the show was legendary guitar player Joe Walsh who is best known for being in the James Gang, solo, and The Eagles. Marc talked about his love for the first time he had heard Rocky Mountain Way and so I figured that I would cover the very album it’s on which is titled The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get which is a play on the expression “The higher you get the better you play!” When Joe left the James Gang, he started a group called the Barnstorm when he moved to Colorado. The band made up of Walsh (Vocals/Guitar), Kenny Passarelli (Bass Guitar), Joe Vitale (Drums), and Rocke Grace (Keyboards) played on Joe’s first two albums and left after the success of this record. The album was a huge success for Joe as it reached number six on the Billboard Pop Charts and it eventually went Gold in the US and silver in the UK all on the back of the single Rocky Mountain Way which was a top 40 hit.

JOE_WALSH_THE+SMOKER+YOU+DRINK,+THE+PLAYER+YOU+GET-130499b1. Rocky Mountain Way– One of the coolest rock songs ever recorded that featured Joe playing the Talk Box. Ultimately the song is about his experience in Colorado, but Joe has said this before, “I’m living in Colorado and I’m mowing the lawn. I look up and there’s the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there’s snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, ‘Well I have committed. I’m already in Colorado and it’s too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain way is better than the way I had, because the music was better.’ I got the words. Bam!” 5/5

2. Book Ends– This is one of the tracks on the album that Joe Vitale sings on as he is talking about the good ole days. I love the overall vibe of the track as it has a little bit of a Beatles feel to it like a Hey Jude. 4.5/5

3. Wolf– I love the melodic beginning of this track because it sets the tone for the rest of the track in this very dark tale of life and the tribulations that we go through to live while the rich (wolf) get richer. 5/5

4. Midnight Moodies– A very cool instrumental track that features a mixture of instruments as the band flexes their muscle like a flute in the track. He may have gotten the influence from Jethro Tull on that part. 4.5/5

5. Happy Ways– This is the only track on the album that Kenny Passarelli sings lead vocals on. I love the bass intro in the beginning to go along with the War style music with the Caribbean influence. 4.5/5

joe_walsh_the_smoker_you_drink_24ktgdrem09_back.jpg6. Meadows– A little scat singing and screaming from Joe kicks off this cool rock track that has a similar feel to Deep Purple’s Women From Tokyo. 4.5/5

7. Dreams– The beginning of the song starts with some piano playing an effect that sounds like a clock is ticking in a track that talks about being a dreamer, taking care of a woman, and giving knowledge to people. 4/5

8. Days Gone By– This is the other track that Joe Vitale sings on that talks about how you need to live your life before you start wondering where it has all gone. 4.5/5

9. Day Dream (Prayer)– The last track on the album that starts with some piano and lyrically it only has four lines. The track has a very Pink Floyd vibe with the organs and the harmonies that are being sung. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– You could definitely tell that Joe was heavily influenced by what was around him at the time. He says in the interview with Marc Maron that he was influenced by everyone that he had met and learned some tricks from this guy, etc. My favorite tracks on the album are Rocky Mountain Way and Wolf. I didn’t dislike any of the tracks, but if I had to pick a least favorite it would be Dreams. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

 

aliceinchains faceliftOne of the greatest bands to come out of the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990’s was hands down Alice In Chains and I still to this day believe that they are not a grunge band by any means. Alice In Chains was your new wave of great American rock from the Pacific Northwest and the world was ready for a change at the time in the form of Layne Staley (Vocals), Jerry Cantrell (Guitars), the late Mike Starr (Bass), and Sean Kinney (Drums). On August 21, 1990, the band would release their debut album Facelift via Columbia Records with the record produced by Dave Jerden who had produced records by the Talking Heads and Frank Zappa to name a few. The album’s title could be symbolic for what was about to happen to the music scene once the people discovered this album. The album did pretty well on the Billboard Top 200 charts as it peaked at number 42 and it sold two million copies and all of it done with hard work. The band was given an opening slot on the Clash Of The Titans tour which was Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax as the other bands on the bill. The band dealt with a lot of heckling from the crowd, but according to the bands on the bill they earned a lot of respect. Frank Bello commented once about it saying, “If there was a guy starting shit, Layne would jump into the audience and beat the FUCK outta that guy!”

aliceinchains facelift 21. We Die Young– A fericous riff opens up this track that Jerrry Cantrell says is about, “I’d just temporarily moved in with Susan Silver because Sean and I had just had a fight. So I was riding the bus to rehearsal and I saw all these 9, 10, 11 year old kids with beepers dealing drugs. The sight of a 10 year old kid with a beeper and a cell phone dealing drugs equaled “We Die Young” to me.” 5/5

2. Man In The Box– The bass heavy track was the second and most powerful single released off the record that besides being stoned while he wrote it, Layne says it was about “censorship in the mass media”. I love the use of the talkbox by Jerry in this track because I feel it adds to the track. The track was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Vocal Performance too. 5/5

3. Sea Of Sorrow-The track starts off with a bluesy riff by Cantrell before launching into the track that is about a guy who knows he’s in a toxic relationship, but needs to get out of it. 5/5

4. Bleed The Freak– A track that would be an anthem for all those that felt they were different and battling against those who didn’t like the fact that they were different. 5/5

5. I Can’t Remember– Jerry Cantrell has defined this as the track that helped develop the Alice In Chains sound. The track starts off with an eerie riff and it continues forward along with some great bass playing from Starr. The track seems to be about being mixed up in too much crap that you start forgetting what is important. 4.5/5

6. Love, Hate, Love– Jerry Cantrell has called this number the masterpiece of the whole record and he also says that the guitar solo in this track is his favorite of his career. It starts off much like the previous track with a very brooding/ominous riff in this track about a guy who gets cheated on and is shocked because he thought he owned her. Layne’s vocals on this track are haunting and beautiful at the same time, the man had an uncanny voice for such a dark bluesy track. 5/5

alice-in-chains-facelift-10-cd7. It Ain’t Like That– The riff to this track Jerry Cantrell admitted was a mistake, but in the end it was a very good mistake to make. It’s actually a very cool riff that has that sludgy chug like riff to it that we would grow to love from the band. The track is about suffering and then overcoming it. 5/5

8. Sunshine– A very bluesy track that is actually a tribute that Cantrell wrote too his mother who passed away some time before. He commented saying, “When I was a little kid, I’d always tell her, “I’ll be famous and buy you a house and you’ll never have to work again. I’ll take care of you like you took care of me.’ When she passed away, it was a really shitty time for me. I didn’t know how to deal with it then, and I still don’t. But it gave me the impetus to do what I’m doing.” 4.5/5

9. Put You Down– This one is more of a bluesy rocker from the band that could compete with anything out at the time. I think the song is about someone struggling with addiction. 4.5/5

10. Confusion-The track starts off with some clean channel guitars before Jerry turns it up a notch in this track that has a sort of dreamy effect especially with Layne’s vocals. The track has elements in it that remind me of Rooster in a way. The track is about how men and women are constantly hurting each other, playing mind games, etc. 4.5/5

11. I Know Somethin (Bout You)– A track that has elements of funk in the opening guitar riff that reminds me of the Chili Peppers to be honest. The track is about having so much info on someone you don’t like that you are going to royally f**k up their day. 4.5/5

12. Real Thing-a dark and brooding track with a blues twist that is all about drug use which is a cautionary tale of sorts for this band. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Ozzy Osbourne once said that this album was number two on his top 10 Metal albums list. Facelift was the perfect name for an album that was describing what was about to happen to the music scene overall. This was rock’s much needed Facelift that it needed at the time. My favorite tracks are the first four tracks plus Love, Hate, Love. My least favorite track is Real Thing even though I don’t really hate the track either. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

1000x1000One of the cool things about Spotify is that they have playlists set up on their app that allows you to discover new and exciting bands. One day, I was exploring a playlist entitled New Core when I discovered a metalcore act from Australia named The Amity Affliction. Now, I know what you guys are thinking, how in the hell are you just discovering them now? One, I do not typically listen to metalcore so it’s easy to miss an act like this, but I’m checking them out now. The band recently released an album this year, but I want to travel back and I chose the band’s fourth studio album Let The Ocean Take Me which was released on June 6, 2014 via Roadrunner Records. The band at the time was made up of Joel Birch (unclean Vocals), Ahren Stringer (clean Vocals/Bass), Troy Brady (Lead Guitar) in his last appearance with the band, Dan Brown (Rhythm Guitar) in his first appearance, and Ryan Burt (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it sold 10,000 copies in it’s first week landing it at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also landed at three on the Billboard US Top Hard Rock Albums and 11 on the US Top Rock Albums.

1000x1000 21. Pittsburgh– The first track on the record and one of my personal favs. Rumor has it that on one of their tours, Joel was going through Alcohol withdrawls and they had to cancel their Pittsburgh date. So, the song kind of takes that vibe as to someone who is struggling with something. 5/5

2. Lost & Fading– The track starts off strong right out of the gates with an all out metal assault in this track that is all about someone who is struggling with life in general and no one is there to help them. 4.5/5

3. Don’t Lean On Me-a very melodic, but heavy when it needs to be track about someone who desperately wants to help someone he influences, but he can’t because he needs to fix his own problems. 5/5

4. The Weigh Down– lyrically this is a pretty deep song from the band about someone who has so many demons in the closet that he puts up a facade to everyone else, but who knows how much longer he can last. 5/5

5. Never Alone– a very melodic track with the added piano into it in this track that says that no matter how much life sucks or what it throws at you, you have to be strong because you are not the only one. 4.5/5

LTOTM-16-Disc6. Death’s Hand– this an Ok track that talks about how much a substance or alcohol can take over and ruin your life if you abuse it. 4/5

7. F.M.L.– An interesting track that I don’t know if it means F*** my life, but it’s definitely about someone who feels that their life is a complete and utter disaster. 4/5

8. My Father’s Son– Joel was dealing with a lot when they were recording this album because themes of alcoholism and past mistakes run rampant through out the album including this one. 5/5

9. Forest Fire– another track that looks at the idea of someone who is so down int he dumps that he needs a spark to get him out of his funk hence the metaphor for forest fire. 4/5

10. Give It All– The last track on the album that is just fierce as hell that is all about giving it your all no matter how many times you might fall flat on your face. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There was a time when a lot of bands had that Atreyu like formula down and it was huge at one time. I definitely enjoyed listening to the album as their were real memorable moments like Pittsburgh, My Father’s Son, and Don’t Lean On Me. There were some least favorite moments on their like F.M.L. and Death’s Hand. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

stp case closedI have done many of these when Metal bands fight posts and usually there has never been any resolved circumstances except for maybe one. One instance that definitely closes out a case is none other than death because one side can not obviously fight back in their case. I am going to take the time now to close out some of our cases that have been left out there in When Metal Bands Fight: Case Closed. The first one that was closed was the case of Scott Weiland vs the members of Stone Temple Pilots. I first reported on the case back in April of 2015. Unfortunately on December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland passed away without ever resolving any of the issues. The band has since moved on with a new vocalist in Jeff Gutt and a brand new album as well. The next case that was closed was the only one to actually be resolved and that is the case of Axl Rose vs Slash which saw the duo reunite along with Duff McKagan for the Not in This Lifetime Tour that was a record breaker in 2016. The band has since gone strong since then, but I feel people are thinking that it’s about time for Axl to finally stop messing around and reunite the two remaining members of the band (Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler).

pantera case closedSome cases are just cases of people opening their mouths and nothing ever comes of it ever again until something else happens between the two. For instance, N.W.A. has already been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and there is nothing that Gene Simmons can do about it. The Mayhem Fest is officially dead and all Kerry King may have done is just predicted the ending of it especially now that he doesn’t have to deal with Kevin Lyman anymore. The one case that was never going to be resolved regardless of who lived is the case of Vinnie Paul vs Phil Anselmo which is really a sad case that breaks a lot of hearts. Vinnie Paul recently passed away which is what prompts me to say case closed. I was supposed to come out with a second part to it, but I just didn’t have the time. In an interview that Ultimate Classic Rock posted, Vinnie comments on what could be considered the reason it would never be resolved saying, “He’s done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what Pantera was back then, and what it stood for and what it was all about. And it’s sad. But I carry on with what I do, which is Hellyeah – which I’m very, very proud of. And, you know, I can’t control anything that goes on with that dude. I mean, honestly, I haven’t spoken to him since 2000. We tried to make amends of things when we were doing Damageplan, and he didn’t want anything to do with it. And then the horrible thing that happened to my brother happened. And, to me, that was the nail in the coffin. Period”

sabb_ozzy-1_2jpg copyIf I was a betting man I would say that was evidence enough that it would have never happened anyways. One case that could potentially become a case closed is one that involves the case of Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler) vs Bill Ward. Apparently, Birmingham, England is going to be hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games and according to Loudwire there are parties that could be interested in reuniting for a one off gig. Ozzy Osbourne told ITV that he loved the idea and that he would perform, “with Black Sabbath or on my own.” Tony Iommi apparently loved the idea and told the Birmingham Mail, “I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it! Let’s see what happens!” The only question that really remains is whether Bill ward will join the gang for the one off gig for a proper send off the original Godfathers of Metal. It remains to be seen and if there is any news of it then we will deliver it to you.