Posts Tagged ‘Slipknot’

all out lifeHalloween is like Christmas for Metal and horror fans all over the world because it’s the one day that we get to celebrate all the things we love about all things that go bump in the night. Slipknot definitely acted like Jack Skellington delivering us a present that we will never forget. For a couple of weeks, we have been told that new Slipknot music is on the horizon for 2019 and that it promised to be heavy like an Iowa kind of heavy which got fans excited for the music. Well on Halloween, Slipknot delivered the track All Out Life on the radio and then followed that up by releasing the music video for the track that was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). So, we decided that it was only fitting to name this the Metal Video Of The Week this week. I can tell you one thing about the music and that it definitely delivers on the heavy scale, but it does it by taking the best elements of Iowa and mixing it with the best elements of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and that is exactly what you get with this track. It’s the band’s first piece of music since 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter and this has definitely been well worth the wait.

all out lCorey Taylor spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics to the track saying, “Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it’s more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it’s not any good, and that bothers me.It’s like, I love new music, but at the same time, don’t turn your back on the music that’s been. Don’t turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it’s really about … It’s a rallying cry for everyone. It’s about all of us getting together and saying, “You know what. Let’s not talk about old. Let’s not talk about new. Let’s talk about what is. Let’s talk about what’s good, what’s real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there’s history there and not just because it’s the next best thing.” The music video follows the intensity of the track with a bus full of masked people all wearing the same mask as they mosh and destroy everything in their path in an abandoned hangar that sees them getting soaked with blood like substance. Crahan commented as well saying, “Right now is a very exciting time for Slipknot. We’ve been working on new music for the last two years, and ‘All Out Life,’ the song and the video, is just one of many concepts in the works. It’s a fitting taste to get you to the next thing. Get ready for what’s to come. We challenge you to ‘All Out Life.'” Check out the video below:

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Slipknot_-_Iowa-frontThere has not been a band on the American metal scene that has quite the impact on the 21ST century than the nine piece band of madness known as Slipknot. Slipknot which in 2001 featured  (#8) Corey Taylor (Vocals), (#7) Mick Thomson (Guitars), (#6) M. Shawn Crahan (Custom Percussion), (#5) Craig Jones (Samples), (#4) Jim Root (Guitars), (#3) Chris Fehn (Custom Percussion), (#2) Paul Gray (Bass), (#1) Joey Jordison (Drums), and (#0) Sid Wilson (Turntables). On August 28, 2001, the band would release their highly anticipated sophomore release Iowa which was named after the state the band originates from. The album was a dark time for the band because the pressure was on them to produce another hit after the huge success of their debut record. Relationships were scarred during the recording, but it lent a very dark album considering the band considers it very dark times. This was the first album that Jim Root was able to say that he was apart of when it came to writing. He had joined the band too late when it came to the recording of the first album (which only featured two songs he had written). The album was a huge success for the band it went in the top ten in 14 different countries, was number one in the UK, and it peaked at three on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as the album went platinum.

945597427-Slipknot-Iowa-Trasera1.515– is an intro track that features some vocals from Sid Wilson and is named after the state of Iowa’s area code. 4/5

2. People = Shit– This is probably one of the most bad ass songs the band has ever written. It’s fast and aggressive and it describes what people can be sometimes which is sh**. 5/5

3. Disasterpiece– An agressive as hell track that is a dark look at a person who gives there all into a relationship just to not have it reciprocated so he returns the favor. 4/5

4. My Plague– The track features some bad ass playing from Joey and co., but it’s considered one of the more melodic tracks on the album (probably cause of the chorus) in a track that is all about hypocrites . 5/5

5. Everything Ends– Another track that is heavy as hell, but it features some melody in it while he seems to be speaking about all the different stages we go through during a bad break up. 4/5

6. The Heretic Anthem– The sixth song on the album that features that famous countdown from nine to the repeating 6, 6, 6, before it continues to countdown to one when the madness then proceeds to explode out of your speaker. A truly great track from the band. 5/5

7. Gently– The track starts a little differently than most with an ominous bass riff and the hitting of a cymbal before the first guitar riff comes in. It’s a really cool and different track that gets heavy when it needs to. 4.5/5

Slipknot-Iowa-CD8. Left Behind– Another one of my personal favorites from the album that was also the lead single. It was the most successful single of the time and launched the band into the next stratosphere. 5/5

9. The Shape– Corey gets deep with us on this Death Metal influenced track that talks about how sometimes our life can be such a pain in the ass that we just have to separate us from it. 4/5

10. I Am Hated– Corey wears his emotions on his sleeve and he’s pretty straightforward with his lyrics as well so you can pretty much figure out this is their big FU song. 4/5

11. Skin Ticket– An interesting track on the album that could be about how we think we are something, but we might not really be anything on the scale of things. “Zero and zero is nothing but zero.” The track features some deep elements of Nu-Metal within it. 4/5

12. New Abortion– I feel that this headbanger is a track for all of their fans, the maggots who follow the band through thick and thin. 4.5/5

13. Metabolic– A really heavy track that I am not exactly sure what he is talking about in it, but it could be about someone close not being there for him. 4/5

14. Iowa– The last track on the album that starts with some screaming and some cool samples, but it’s dark and ominous and it could be the sequel to the track Purity from the first record. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was definitely an amazing album from the band that you would never get again as their sound started to evolve after this. If you were a fan of the heavy stage of their career then this is a magnum opus, but if you’re like me then this is a step in their evolution. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

Korn has been hard at work promoting their newest album The Serenity of Suffering already releasing the tracks Rotting In Vain and Insane for all of us to hear. Now the band is back with yet another single for all of us to hear and this time it has a very special guest on the track. The name of the song is A Different World and it’s a track on the album that features Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor who sneaks right into the track after the second chorus. Jonathan Davis talked about the track saying, “We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy,’. And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new Korn track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.” Corey Taylor was equally pumped for the effort and he bragged about the album a little saying, “This whole album, and I’m gonna brag now, because I’ve heard 11 songs of this, it is such a great throwback to the first three Korn albums and mixed with that maturity that they have now. Like, it’s, really, really heavy. People are gonna lose their minds. It’s that good.” Check it out below:

 

At one time or another, Marilyn Manson was one of those guys who could cover a song successfully by making it his own. I figured since Marilyn is coming to town with Slipknot on the 5TH of July, I would feature a Marilyn Manson cover as the cover of the week. Manson has gone on to cover a lot of songs in his career, but for today I chose his cover of The Doors classic Five To One as this week’s cover of the week. Marilyn recorded the cover of the track for the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, but it went unreleased at first before appearing as a b-side for the single for Disposable Teens. Supposedly, he recorded the track with The Doors member Robby Krieger and it sounds absolutely amazing. The track is beefed up and distorted for a whole new generation to enjoy and Manson does a great job vocally making the track his own instead of trying to sound like Morrison. Check out the track below and be sure to check out Manson on tour with Slipknot this summer while you are at it.

Sc%C3%A8ne-Molson-Canadian-Stage-Slipknot-2So there was some pretty scary news delivered recently regarding one of the hottest metal bands in the land Slipknot. Slipknot was supposed to start their big summer tour with Marilyn Manson on June 9TH, but apparently that isn’t going to happen at least not by that time. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has to undergo unplanned spinal surgery. The frontman released a statement explaining, “Regretfully, I’m sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage. We will start the summer tour in Nashville on 6/28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back! Thank you, Corey.” Touring isn’t easy and the physical demands of a Slipknot tour must be high. I have the canceled dates below with the non canceled dates as well:

Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice and Men 2016 North American Tour Dates

Postponed Shows:

6/09 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
6/11 – Auburn, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre
6/13 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion
6/14 – Inglewood, Calif. @ The Forum
6/15 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
6/17 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
6/18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
6/21 – Morrison, Colo @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/24 – Austin, Texas @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
6/25 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
6/26 – The Woodlands, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Shows That Are Still Scheduled on the Original Dates:

6/28 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
6/29 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/01 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/02 – Tampa, Fla. @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/06 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/08 – Hartford, Ct. @ Xfinity Theatre
7/09 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/10 – Hershey, Pa. @ GIANT Center
7/12 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
7/13 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Klipsch Music Center
7/15 – Oshkosh, Wis. @ Rock USA
7/16 – Cadott, Wis. @ Rock Fest
7/17 – Bridgeview, Ill. @ Chicago Open Air
7/19 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
7/20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
7/21 – Québec, Quebec @ Videotron Centre
7/23 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
7/24 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/26 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/27 – Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
7/29 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/02 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
8/04 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/05 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena

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This next piece of news certainly affects me considering that I have tickets to one of the shows on the Not In This Lifetime Guns N Roses tour. Apparently Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots has barred Guns N Roses from playing past curfew. While Guns N Roses have had a tendency of showing up on stage late in the past, Foxboro selectwoman Ginny Coppola has put her foot down making the curfew 11:15PM and it’s because of “noise issues” according to her. She stated in an interview with The Sun Chronicle, “This is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. If this was a weekend, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But it’s a work night. This isn’t going to be an acoustic evening. It’s going to be loud.” Apparently Gillette Stadium management tried to push for a 11:40 and even an 11:30 curfew, but those were shot down in flames. I’m not completely surprised by this decision because the curfew at the Xfinity Center which is literally the next town over from Foxboro’s curfew is 11PM and I personally do not want to be at the stadium all night long.

Muhammad-AliIn non music related news, legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. Muhammad Ali was an icon in and out of the boxing ring whether it was beating men in the ring or beating the US government for what he believed in, he was a champion. A lot of rockers expressed their feelings over the death of Muhammad Ali like Dave Mustaine who wrote on Twitter, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of my biggest heroes, the greatest, Muhammad Ali.” There are a lot more that expressed their thoughts and you can check them out by visiting Loudwire here. R.I.P. Muhammad Ali “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

Vimic VideoEver since the band Vimic was announced not too long ago by Joey Jordison (formerly of Slipknot), I was super excited because Joey is one of my favorite drummers out there. I have to be honest in saying that I was a little sad that he didn’t have anything out in the world lately, but as soon as I thought it boom this happens. Now, the band has unveiled their first music video for the track She Sees Everything from their upcoming album Open Your Omen. First things first, I have to say that I am liking singer Kalen Chase’s vocals because they are in your face and ferocious. The video is a performance based video mixed with some imagery of a man carrying a corpse and throwing it into a ditch with other corpses and some imagery of a sexy woman in black latex (this one is amazing). The band itself combines everything that was great about the Nu-Metal scene and combines with some really heavy ass groove metal. There isn’t a release date yet for the album, but you can rest assure that I will one of those people picking it up when it is finally released.

Pasted-image-at-2016_05_12-04_56-PMThere was some very big news that was announced yesterday (May 12) and I have it here for you guys. Since it was kind of hinted that there would be no more Mayhem Fest after last years debacle, the summers were kind of left with nothing leaving metal fan asking the question of what was going to take over? Earlier in the week, it was announced that Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Ozzy Osbourne had an announcement to make. I immediately thought that it was either going to be about Ozzfest or Knotfest, I never thought that it would actually be about both. Apparently, they are calling it Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and it’s happening on a weekend in September in San Bernardino, CA. Ozzfest happens on September 24 while Knotfest happens on September 25 at the  San Manuel Amphitheater with some real heavy hitters. Ozzfest features bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and many more. Knotfest features heavyweights like Slipknot and Slayer co-headlining while it also features Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Overkill, Sabaton, Death Angel, and many more. Tickets go on sale May 20TH and for more information on the fest, please go here. I’m going to insert a little bit of my opinion here and say that while it’s cool that this is happening, it doesn’t help anyone that doesn’t live in California. If a metal fan can’t afford to fly out to California to see this then he is left with nothing for the summer. I’m just saying that I hope either one of these becomes a travelling festival next year. Here are the full lineups below:

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

MisfitsAdmatRevThe next piece of news that I have is something you should be really excited for especially if you are either a fan of horror punk or Glenn Danzig in general. For the first time since 1983, the original lineup of The Misfits is going to reunite for a couple of gigs. That is right, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on the same stage at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago. We all know that Doyle has on occasion go on stage with Glenn and so the real issue was between Jerry Only and Glenn. Jerry Only once said this in an interview, “What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.” I would have loved to be in the room when those two met, but they obviously have broke some ground considering the band is back for a couple of gigs. Tickets for Riot Fest are available as we speak and you can get them by going here.