Posts Tagged ‘Troy Sanders’

The 21ST century has definitely been the era of Supergroups as we have seen so many pop up and go over the last 16 years like Audioslave, A Perfect Circle, Velvet Revolver, Oysterhead, Killer Be Killed, and now Gone Is Gone just to name a few. Gone Is Gone is a band that features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders on vocals/guitars along with bassist Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) and drummer Tony Hajjar (At the Drive-In). The band is gearing up to release an EP and has already unveiled the track Violescent, but now they have a second song off the EP to reveal. The band in fact has unleashed a music video for the track Starlight and it’s our Music Video Of The Week. The video itself is a performance based video with the band mostly as silhouettes against a blue backdrop that helps match the mood of the track itself. When talking about the song Sanders says, “Facing adversity with magnitudes of willpower. Amassing strength to erase fear and fulfill all void with purpose. A story of survival mode. This one hits close to the heart.” The band’s EP is going to be released on July 8Th via Black Dune Records.

The cool thing about today versus years past is that we are getting collaborations from all sorts of different artists. It gives you the chance to finally imagine what music would sound like if you combined certain artists and we call those supergroups. So, what do you get when you mix Mastodon, At The Drive In, and Queens Of The Stone Age? You get the newest supergroup Gone Is Gone which features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In’s Tony Hajjar, and Mike Zarin. The band just unleashed the full track Violescent for everyone to hear and I have it here for all of you. As you can expect with Troy Sanders, it has that familiar bass sound, but it also has a very heavy grungy Sabbath feel to it, but it’s bad ass and Sander’s vocals is the cherry topping. The band’s self titled debut record is due to be released on July 8TH via Rise Records so be sure to be on the lookout for that and any other tracks that are unleashed from now until then.If you live in the Los Angeles area, then you are lucky as the band makes their live debut on Aoril 27TH at the Dragonfly. Check out the track below and check out the track listing for the record below that.

goneisgonecover1Gone Is Gone, Gone Is Gone Track Listing

1. “Violescent”
2. “Starlight”
3. “Stolen From Me”
4. “Character”
5. “One Divided”
6. “Praying From the Danger”
7. “Recede and Enter”
8. “This Chapter”


seagullmenHow many Supergroups can any of the members of Mastodon be a part of and where are they finding the time to do so. Well, so Troy Sanders was the only member so far to be in a supergroup, but now guitarist Brent Hinds is in a supergroup with a member of the legendary Tool. Hinds has teamed up with Danny Carey of Tool, OFF!’s Dimitri Coats, and Jimmy Heyward (director of Jonah Hex) who will serve as the producer of the album to form the supergroup The Legend of the Seagullmen. The band has unleashed two new songs that if you would like to hear them, you can do so by visiting the consequence of sound website by clicking here. One thing that we do not know about this band is whether it’s a one off collaboration or whether it will continue forward. One thing is for sure is that while we wait for a new album for Tool, we have this to listen to from Carey.

jay jamesBullet For My Valentine were supposedly in the studio recording  new album, but the band has just hit a temporary road block along the way as longtime bassist Jay James announces that he is no longer in the band. The whole bit of news has hit everyone by surprise as an earlier statement on Facebook made things seem like they were going as usual as the band was in the studio with Colin Richardson to record their fifth record. Jay James joined the band in 2003 and he was apart of the band’s four landmark records and was a big part of the vocal scheme along with lead singer/guitarist Matt Tuck. The band released a statement that read as follows:

To all our fans around the World,

It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we’re gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.

We’ll announce a replacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we’re gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we’ve ever made.

2015 is already shaping up to be a massive year for us with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we’ll be announcing as soon as we can.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Matt, Padge, Moose.

There is an awesome tribute album that is coming out that honors the legendary Randy Rhoads with artists playing each one of his tracks. The tribute album is called Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute and it features players like Rudy Sarzo, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Jon Donais, Gus G, Bruce Kulick, Frankie Banali, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Vinny Appice, and so many more. The track that I am going to link to this piece is Tom Morello and Serj Tankian doing a cover of Crazy Train. You can check that out by clicking here. There is also a video that surfaced that is included in a bonus disc where the producer of this tribute album Bob Kulick conducts an interview with Rudy Sarzo. Bob asks Rudy what it was like to work with Randy and other questions. Check that video out here. The album drops on March 3 via UDR Music.

Michael Vescera who sang with Yngwie Malmsteen made some comments earlier in the week in an interview about his former employer. He says, “I think the main thing with Yngwie — [fellow ex-Malmsteen singer] Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and I were talking about this earlier — Yngwie could have been the biggest guitarist in the world today, by far. And he’s destroyed his career, just by burning bridges and just pissing people off. And it’s unfortunate, because he changed the face of guitar. And to be where he’s at today is kind of sad. But, look, I don’t have anything bad to say about Yngwie. It was an experience. There was some crazy s**t that went on. But I wish him well, and I hope he straightens out his stuff and comes back. But… you know, we would need about two years [to tell our] stories [about] him.”

VH1 Classic has developed and is getting ready to release a new series titled Rock Icons which promises to be different than Behind The Music. It seems to be in the style of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and it will feature episodes with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Slash (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rush’s Geddy Lee, Ted Nugent, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Heart’s Ann Wilson, and many more. Here is how the network describes the show, “10 groundbreaking 30-minute episodes that go past the veil of mystery and beyond the velvet ropes with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are, and the road that lead them to their iconic status today. Each episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage with featured artists and key people who helped shape their exemplary careers.” The show will debut on February 21 on VH1 Classic.

LouBrutus-60 TIGHT.jpgThe voters for the 2015 Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards chose legendary nationally syndicated rock radio host Lou Brutus as the Best Nationally Syndicated DJ Award Winner. This was the second year the award was handed out and the second time that Lou won the award beating out Nikki Sixx, Jackie Kajzer, The Chop Shop, and Skratch N’ Sniff. Lou is the legendary man behind great shows such as hardDrive and hardDriveXL and he was the first to play many acts like Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, and Sevendust. So, congratulations are in order for Lou Brutus on winning the award.

Black Label Society 'Unblackened' TourZakk Wylde is taking Black Label Society back out on the road, but in a very diffent capacity. A couple years back the band played a one off show in LA and released it on disc called Unblackened which is pretty much an acoustic record. So, they will be taking that record and style out on the road with very intimate shows. Zakk said, “I always wanted to take ‘Unblackened’ on the road, we just didn’t have the time until now. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.” It will be a very interesting show to see live and one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Check out the tour dates below:

4/3 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount
4/4 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/6 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
4/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live
4/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
4/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room
4/12 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
4/14 — Wichita, Kan. — The Cotillion
4/16 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theater
4/17 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
4/18 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
4/19 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim

mastodon-cover-1-1402946808Mastodon is one of those bands in metal that is highly respected by the community for their unique style and ability to experiment with their music much the same way Neurosis did (the band was also highly influenced by them). On June 24, 2014, the band released their sixth studio album Once More ‘Round The Sun which was the follow up to 2011’s The Hunter and in much ways this album is considered a continuation of that record. The record was released via Reprise Records and it features Brent Hinds (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Troy Sanders (Vocals/Bass Guitar), Brann Dailor (Vocals/Drums), and Bill Kelliher (Rhythm Guitar). The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz who has worked with many in the industry like Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, and so much more. The album features some really cool guest spots including one with a member of Neurosis which was a dream come true for the band. Bill Kelliher talked about the album stating, “We’re always trying to surprise ourselves and write something that’s new and fresh. It’s definitely got the elements of The Hunter in there, but also [of] Remission and some heavier stuff. There’s a lot of different influences, from Alice in Chains to Deftones. There’s a lot of rock going on.” He went on to talk about how the album’s theme might have something to do with death, “It always makes for really good story telling. It’s kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music. We’ve had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I’m not really sure yet. I think we’re kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that’s sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on.” The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it their first consecutive album to do that with The Hunter peaking at 10.

mastodon1. Tread Lightly– The song starts with a slow build up with some acoustic guitars before it explodes through your speakers with a wall of beautiful sound which Sanders and Dailor share vocal duties and the lyrics touch a little bit on the idea of death and facing it. 4.5/5

2. The Motherload– an explosion of rock elements engulf your speakers while the progressive notes beat on your eardrums. The lyrics seem to deal with someone who has had it rough maybe with an addiction and our main speaker is consoling them. “I can see all the wolves as they circle you, I can crush the weight.” 5/5

3. High Road– The song reminds me of old Mastodon with it’s crushing riffs and in your face vocals in a song that talks about jerk offs that always take the high road while the speaker takes the road less traveled. 4/5

4. Once More ‘Round The Sun– The title track reverts back to that progressive rock sound from the first two tracks. It’s the first track on the record to feature Brett Hinds taking a shot at vocals and the lyrics seem to deal with someone who says screw being so conservative and just let go cause who knows how long we’re here for. 4/5

5. Chimes At Midnight– I love this track because the music is very dark in tone, but then it gets pretty intense as the lyrics seem to deal with someone going through a hellish nightmare. 4/5

6. Asleep in the Deep– The track features Valient Thor vocalist Valient Himself and former Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens and the song is a very catchy rock tune with some incredible playing. The song features an incredible guitar solo that you’ll hear at the end. 4.5/5

mastadon7. Feast Your Eyes– The track is heavy, but it has a punk feel to it with it’s fast paced riffing. By this point and after listening to this track you soon realize that these guys can play. 4/5

8. Aunt Lisa– This track features The Coathangers and Assjack member Gary Lindsey in a track that is bluesy and an incredible rock track that some punk influence in it complete with a part at the end with a Ramones-esque “Hey ho, let’s fucking go, Hey ho, let’s get up and rock n’ roll.” The track is about Brann Dailor’s Aunt Lisa who passed away. 4/5

9. Ember City– It’s a gritty rock track with a little blues influence in the beginning whose lyrics deal with what I believe is the loss of a loved one and not being ready for it. 4/5

10. Halloween– This is instantly going to be a rock classic for Halloween as the song deals with it in it’s lyrical content following what I believe is a beast. 4/5

11. Diamond In The Witch House– This is the track that features Scott Kelly of Neurosis on lead vocals along with Troy Sanders. The song is a musical metal masterpiece that is heavy and epic in length and as it lyrics seem to explore in my opinion someone trying to overcome something in their way. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to be honest in saying that this is the first Mastodon record I paid attention to since 2004’s Leviathan and boy am I happy that I took the time to check this out. These guys are doing something in metal that few bands are doing and you have to appreciate it especially their musicianship. Everything is so intricate even though they make it look easy. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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.