Posts Tagged ‘Tony Campos’

62832bf2b09acaf22004efd916863b2eBack in November of 2014, the world lost Industrial/Nu Metal titan Wayne Static who was known as the King of Evil Disco. Wayne was know for having that iconic hair style very reminiscent of Legion of the X-Men.  He was also known for his unique vocal delivery style that was infectious to try and imitate. I don’t know why I haven’t covered a single album, but there is a reason I chose the one I did. I could have chosen Wisconsin Death Trip as this week’s album, but Machine was the very first Static-X album that I purchased myself. The album was released on May 22, 2001 and it was produced by Ulrich Wild. The band was made up of Wayne Static (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Tony Campos (Bass), Ken Jay (Drums), Tripp Eisen (Lead Guitar, but never recorded a note for the record), and Koichi Fukuda (Keyboards/Programming). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album for the band (Cult Of Static was the second highest).

51W49reL+2L1. Bien Venidos– Just an intro track of people clapping as some music starts and it leads into the next track. 4/5

2. Get To The Gone– Some insane growling open up this monster of a track that reminds me of the track The Great Southern Trendkill in how it opens. Campos amazing bass playing is present in this track that seems to be about how things have changed since their early days. 5/5

3. Permanence– An industrial dance beat very reminiscent of Ministry opens up this track that talks about how the band hates the current mainstream scene. 4/5

4. Black And White– One of the coolest tracks on the album that just grooves as he talks about how there is no middle ground in life, everything just ends up black and white. 5/5

5. This Is Not– The very first single released off the album that is just a sledgehammer of a track and very in your face as he screams This Is Not!!! I can only assume that he is talking about things can change and you just feel like nothing is the same. 5/5

6. Otsego Undead– The industrial metal dance song that would Al Jourgensen happy in a track that he could be talking about the undead, but then again thic could be about a town in Michigan that Wayne attended college near. 4.5/5

machine-526b60c4ea6217. Cold– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is very sludgey in nature with the bass and guitar riffs in a track that is associated with vampires and such. 5/5

8. Structural Defect– A supercharged track that talks about someone who is just trying to be themselves in a world where every one forces drugs on to you. 4.5/5

9. …In A Bag– A cool track that is actually about being on a tour bus and not being able to take a shit. Write what you know and experience. 4/5

10. Burn To Burn– a cool track that I think is talking about life and what it gives you may not always work out in your favor. 4/5

11. Machine– The title track on the album opens up with some cool industrial beats that remind me a little of what Fear Factory has done. The vocal approach is definitely different for Wayne on this track as well as it sounds like he whispers the verses. The song could be about their previous guitar player, but I’m not sure. 4/5

12. A Dios Alma Perdida– The last track on the album that starts really slow and sludgy with some sound clips included in this instrumental track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite releases from the band that showed that no sophomore slump existed for them. The album also saw them venture out a little more musically than in the previous album as well. My favorite track on the album is definitely Cold followed by Black And White. My least favorite track on the album would probably be the title track, but that isn’t me condemning the song either. Anyways, I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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The first time I ever discovered the music of Max Cavalera, it was the album Roots by Sepultura and I remember being attracted to how primal and in your face the album was. Sadly when I heard the record for the first time, the band had already parted ways with Cavalera and he started the band Soulfly which carried on what Max had started with the Roots record. 18 years later and ten albums later, the band is still going strong. The band is actually gearing up to release their tenth album this Friday (music is now released on Fridays) August 14TH called Archangel via Nuclear Blast Records The band has also unleashed a single from the record which just also happens to be the title track from the groove metal legends. The song is everything you would expect from the legends as Marc Rizzo delivers on the guitar riffs while Max’s growls are as amazing as ever. The song also features former Static X bassist Tony Campos and Max’s son Zyon Cavalera plays the drums. Max recently spoke about the record and said, “It’s been exciting. After 30 years of playing metal, to find new influences and new things to inspire you — it is actually quite amazing. I found it in some biblical stuff, it is the inspiration for the majority of the record and I think it’s very exotic and mystic. I’ve never quite done a record like this before so for me it was a project that took a long time to get done right, but now it’s all finished with the cover and the sounds and the effects between the songs, the voices, I’m pretty proud of it. I think it’s quite a cool record to put out and I think a lot of people are going to like it.” Check out the track below and get the album August 14TH. The band is also on their We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour with Soilwork, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun, Check out the dates here. While you’re at it, check out our Facebook page here and give the page a like.

philI want to start by wishing every a happy and safe cinco de Mayo as you kick back on some Coronas while checking out Rock and Metal News. Our first piece of news involves the estranged drummer of AC/DC Phil Rudd who speaks out for the very first time since pleading guilty to various charges. The drummer spoke with Australia’s A Current Affair about how he tried to get a hold of Angus Young, “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus … I’ve had no contact with anybody.” He also talks about the situation that put him in his current predicament, “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back here and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch — it was a total f–king disaster. So I was really pissed off.” Rudd is sitting at home awaiting his sentencing which takes place on June 26TH and his band is on the road with Chris Slade. When they ask him about he simply says, “I’m sure they’re having a great old time. I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great. I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.” You can check out the full video for yourself here.

Jonas-Akerlund-630x420One of the most interesting stories ever in the history of Black Metal music is the story of the band Mayhem which unfortunately superseded their music. You know they are the band whose singer Per “Dead” Ohlin committed suicide only to see Euronymous (the co-founder of the band) cook his brains and eat it. Then after that, bassist Varg Vikernes stabs him to death and goes to jail for the crimes. Are you still with me? Well, now the legend of the band has reached Hollywood and it is going on to the big screen as Jonas Akerlund will be directing Lords Of Chaos. Akerland, you may remember as one of the members of Bathory in the 1980’s and you may remember him as the director of music videos for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Hollywood Undead, and Rammstein. So far all we know is that Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the film, but they may have a detractor in current Mayhem member Necrobutcher who says, “This book Lords of Chaos is f—ing crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK. I will do everything I can to stop this film … Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go f— themselves.” Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

nikki tweetIf you’re like me then you were enough of a sucker to pay $100 to watch the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao dance contest that was supposed to be a boxing match (The fight of the century that is). Well, Nikki Sixx and Paul Stanley had some words for the abomination that was that night. Nikki took to Twitter with several tweets showing his support for Manny like this one, “Always root for the underdog in life, in music, and tonight in the ring #MannyPacquiao.” He followed that one with, “I believe that if Mayweather would FIGHT and not run away from #MannyPacquiao Manny would of crushed him. #BORING.” He gets even more upset with his next tweet, “I paid 100.00 to watch Mayweather run around in circle’s for 12 rounds. He got a 100 million and we got a track meet. #BORING.” Paul Stanley’s issue was with someone else during the telecast of the fight and to be honest I had an issue with it as well. Jamie Foxx was asked to sing the national anthem and here is what Paul Stanley tweeted out, “JESUS!! How about all singers agreeing if you DON’T want to sing the National Anthem as it was written YOU WON’T SING IT! What was THAT?!?..” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Unfortunately that is what you get when you watch a fight that involves Floyd Mayweather, but word has it that he is offering to fight Manny once again, but I may decline to watch that when it comes around next year (if it does). 

Metal Hammer Magazine has announced who will be on their cover for issue number 270 and it is the mighty Slayer. The trash metal titans return to the cover and to tell their story in the newest issue. They will talk about the brand new record as well as touching on former drummer Dave Lombardo and life after the death of Jeff Hanneman. The issue will also feature articles on Motörhead, King Parrot, Steel Panther, Coal Chamber, and so many more. Check out the cover below:

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stay-sick-it-lives-it-breathes-620x620Have you ever wondered what happens to people after certain roles in iconic horror films like Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth? Well, I have an update on one person from the film who was recently signed to Chris Fronzak of Attila’s record label Stay Sick Recordings in the band It Breathes It Lives. You may remember Kevin Bernhardt as the actor that played cocky club owner J.P. Monroe in Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. You know he’s the guy that purchases that that totem poll looking thing that houses the S&M freak Pinhead and then let’s him out. Well, now he is in a band and I don’t know what to make of them at all. I’ll let you be the judge of what you think of the band and whether it was a smart move for Fronzak. Check out the band’s music video for the song Independence Day right here

9For those of you wondering what life after Motley Crue is going to be like for some of the members should not fear because one has already made up his mind regarding the future and I support it. Nikki Sixx states that when Motley Crue is done playing the final song of their illustrious career, he will never play another Motley Crue song ever again. In an interview with Riffyou.com, he states, “A lot of times, I see people try and do ‘the next thing’ and it’s just kind of the same as the other. [If that were me] I’d think, ‘Well, why not just do Motley Crue?’ But why would I do another version of Motley Crue? Sixx: A.M. is completely different musically, spiritually, emotionally, visually…and that gives me pride. The people who are coming to see us, are coming to see Sixx: A.M. We don’t play Motley Crue music and we never will play Motley Crue music. The day Motley Crue plays its last show, I will never play another Motley Crue song again…even if it’s one I wrote. To be respectful to Motley Crue is the biggest gift I can give to fans.” I am a huge supporter of this decision because Sixx: A.M. is such an amazing band that deserves their time to shine in the light as much as the Crue does. He goes on to say, “I’m loving finishing off the Motley Crue stuff, but my expectations are high for Sixx: A.M.. The first thing we have to do is take it around the world and play in front of everybody. Then we have to release the right fourth record and just go out there and do it. My expectations are that we are an arena band.” Expect that album and world tour to happen in 2016 according to Nikki Sixx.
Golden-Gods-2014-4114“We were going to see the Foo Fighters later that night and maybe get some Super Bowl t-shirts for friends and family back home. Exiting the apartment, we ran smack-dab into a very famous actor. Being as this was an almost private street, we simply nodded to him and kept on our way, not wanting to intrude on his private life. Ed commented that the actor had been clean for something like 23 years, but he’d heard that he’d recently started using again. Should we turn around and offer to take the guy for a coffee? As I said, keeping sober is a group effort. We trudged through the cold, discussing the matter.” That is how one of the passages in Duff McKagan’s new book titled How To Be A Man starts when he is talking about seeing a famous actor right before they died. Due to timeline, we are all suspecting that he is taking about Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but out of respect he will not mention names other than the fact he was hanging out with Jerry Cantrell and another friend named Ed who were all clean and sober. He continues, “Later that afternoon, when we came back, we saw the actor in the street again and could tell that he was waiting to score. Should we offer our friendship and a safe place? This is sometimes the dilemma for sober guys — as we all know, you can’t force a guy to get sober. He has to come around to it himself. We went back into the apartment.” He would once again run into the actor at 1:30 in the morning saying, “We thought that maybe he was on a last run before getting clean,” says McKagan. “Surely if we saw him again in the morning, we’d have to say something. Bro, c’mon. We’ve been there. Come on out of the cold. We understand. We’ve been there. Really. We’ve been there.” He ends it by saying, “The next morning, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, the morning of the Super Bowl, I heard a ruckus outside our front door. I went out to take a look. There was an ambulance and police and a whole crowd of press people and fans. The actor had OD’d and died sometime after we saw him at 1:30AM the night before. The three of us gathered in the kitchen of the apartment. We were stunned. We’ve been through this before with friends, and friends of friends, but I’ll never get used to it. Sure, none of us knew the actor personally, but he was one of us. The three of us understood that we could, at any time, be just one small and easy step from being the guy out there on the street waiting for the dealer to show. When guys like us witness something like this go down, it makes you take stock of where you are at in your sobriety.”
Fear-FactoryA lot of people have been wondering why Matt DeVries (Ex-Chimaira), the now former Fear Factory bassist left the band and why Tony Campos (Formerly of Static-X and Soulfly) has joined the band. Well, he answers that by issuing a statement for all of the fans, “For those that haven’t already heard, I’ve decided to step down as bass player of Fear Factory. The main reason being to simply take some time off of the road and focus on my kids. I couldn’t think of anyone better to take my place then Tony Campos. He’s a good friend and great bass player! Thank you to all Fear Factory fans. You guys have been amazing and made the past three years a blast! Thank you as well to Dino, Burt, and Mike for a great ride, and some memorable / incredible shows! None of which could have happened without our amazing road crew, Wedge, Jerry, Justin, Sarah… you guys rule! Music is my passion, so this won’t be the last time you see me.” Fear Factory also issued a statement of their own saying, “We’re really sad to see Matt Devries go, but we totally respect his decision. The past 3 plus years have been beyond amazing. We’ve known Matt for a very long time and we’ve gone through allot together so we will always be friends. We wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.” The band’s first gig with Tony Campos will be at The Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada the day after he finishes a gig with Ministry.