According to a recent update from their official blog, Seattle, WA’s infamous powerviolence duo, Iron Lung, are apparently going to be hosting a TED Talk. For those unaware, TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” and draw in speakers from the realms of “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. TED Talks have ranged from presentations featuring Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs speaking on the value and current stigmatization of work to the well-known interviewer Nardwuar speaking on the do-it-yourself aspects of journalism. Listed below are some of the issues the abstract powerviolence duo will be speaking on: Continue reading »
According to The Village Sun Times, former Obituary and Six Feet Under guitarist Allen West was arrested in Lake Panasoffkee, FL for running a meth lab out of his home. West had phoned the police late last month after two men reportedlty broke into his home. West requested the police to search his premises for the perpetrators when they eventual discovered the equipment for Allen West’s transformation into Walter White. West eventually confessed and was charged with “Drugs-Produce Methamphetamine” and “Drugs-Possess Listed Chemical With Manufacture Controlled Substance” and is being held on a $40,000 bond. No other information has been revealed as of yet.
Look for Allen West on the final remaining episodes on Breaking Bad this summer on FX.
According to an official press release provided by the San Diego Police Department, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested yesterday, May 7th, for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his estranged wife who filed for divorce back in September of 2012. Tim’s first day in court is scheduled for tomorrow, May 9th, and is charged with solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime. If found guilty, Tim will be imprisoned anywhere from 3-9 years. Lambesis is currently not eleigble for parole. The official press release from the SDPD reads:
It has been brought to my attention that the guitarist of legendary thrash metal act Slayer, Jeff Hanneman has passed away. Slayer announced today, via their Facebook page, that Hanneman passed away due to liver failure. We all know that Hanneman has been sitting on the sidelines for quite a while, as his spider bite from a few years ago has left him pretty messed up. Below you can read the official statement from the band.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)
I don’t know Aborym really, but I do know Iron Maiden. Fifteen seconds into the formers cover of the latter, I am utterly in shock. Unfortunately, I am not shocked in that good way. I am the one guy who appreciates terrible covers, but this one is pushing it. Continue reading »
Hmm… If you are anything like me and you hear the name Florence + The Machine, you scratch your head and say “huh?”. I had no idea who the hell Florence was before writing this post and I didn’t know anything about her Machine. Or why she chose to use a + instead of just using the word “and.” I know none of these things.
Something I do know is that someone at Sumerian Records is angry that Florence + The Machine lost their pop vocal Grammy to Kelly Clarkson. Why is this news? Check after the jump. Continue reading »
Yes, you are reading the headline correctly.. In true what the fuck fashion, hip-hop artist Tyler, The Creator has recorded a song with pre-teen icon
Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus. The track which was also co-written with Mary J. Blige will be featured on Cyrus’ upcoming 2013 release.
When asked about the collaboration, Miley Cyrus had this to say to Cosmopolitan -
I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, the Creator heard it and said, ‘I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’ And he killed it!
Most of the music world might find this as some what of a shock and some might even go as far as to call Tyler a “sellout”, but anyone who actually follows Odd Future shouldn’t surprised by this move. The group is always making Miley Cyrus jokes and group leader Tyler probably saw this as an excellent publicity stunt as well as a way to have some fun with his persona.
God damn, this is going to be ridiculous. I can’t wait to check this out…
– Josh Huddleston
Just a few days ago, television’s cooking icon Rachael Ray featured Saturday Night Live and Portlandia cast member Fred Armisen as the guest on her show. At some point in the interview, Ray gives her guests one minute of free time to purvey any message that they choose. In this particular instant, Armisen chose to go on a thirty-second tangent about “a musician who he thinks is the greatest ever”. That musician was none other than Death Grips drummer Zach Hill! According to Armisen, Hill has “reinvented how you drum”.
Man, that is some killer press, too bad it’s going to be wasted on people who’d rather listen to Justin Beiber. Can you just imagine America’s bored house wives casually youtubing Death Grips? Yeah, pretty fucking awesome, right? To view the clip of Armisen on Rachael Ray click here.
– Josh Huddleston
Prepare for the ultimate bummer Mars Volta fans because according to a plethora of recent tweets, it seems as if the frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala has quit The Mars Volta. In these tweets Cedric cites creative differences with Omar Rodriguez Lopez, stating that Omar’s involvement in his new group, Bosnian Rainbows, was over shadowing his involvement in The Mars Volta. According to Cedric’s words, he had tried to put a North American tour together in support of Noctourniquet but Omar was not on board with the idea. Apparently The Mars Volta is no more by what Cedric says:
You read that correctly! Legendary punk outfit, Bad Brains, have launched their own special brand of hot sauce. Fire Burn Babylon: Hardcore Hot Sauce is available now at their merch store for $8.99. According to the band, Dr. Know and Darryl have crafted some bad ass sauce that will “start a mosh pit in your mouth”. Sounds dangerously tasty, doesn’t it? Go buy a bottle damn it.
HOAX (aka the scary hardcore band with multiple self-titled EPs and the singer likes to hit himself in the head with microphones) have recently debuted a video for the track “Fantasy” off of their third and most recent self-titled EP out now on Painkiller Records. The Cali-Dewitt directed and beautifully-shot “Fantasy” is ripe with uncomfortable bondage imagery, people sucking on shoes, abstract dance and the beautiful streets of Los Angeles, California which is all further boasted by the paranoid, buzz-tone, and d-beat-like riffplay of the song itself. Anyhow, watch the abstract video below and decide for yourself. Continue reading »
Since early this year we have informed you that Swiss grinders Mumakil had started recording a new album. We also told you that the album was already postponed for a bit due to an issue involving drummer Seb’s arm. Well, the band has made another turn, as Seb announced today that he announced that they have already replaced Seb with Kevin Foley (of Benighted). You can read the first statement, concerning Seb’s departure, after the jump. As for the state of the forthcoming Mumakil release? Apparently it is “on the right track,” whatever that means. Continue reading »
In what is probably the most disturbing headline I have ever written, I hate to say that it is true: Ice-T-fronted metal band Body Count have indeed signed with Sumerian Records (who we announced recently signed The Dillinger Escape Plan). Body Count is looking at 2013 for the release of their new album. The main thing I am wondering about is did Bizzy Bone (who released his last album Crossroads: 2010 on Sumerian Records) give Ice-T a call and tell him to send Ash a demo? Fuck it. It’s done. Maybe the new Body Count album will stand up to the bands eponymous debut (not fucking likely). Anyway, that’s that. Another WTF? marked down in my book. Continue reading »
The Dillinger Escape Plan announced earlier today that the band has found a new label home. That label is apparently Sumerian Records; the home of Veil of Maya, The Faceless and others. Sumerian will be partnering with the band’s own label, Party Smasher Inc, for distributing purposes. On the new signing the band said:
Does anyone remember Story of The Year? They were a hard rock band from St. Louis who were quite popular in the early 2000s. I’m sure you’ve heard one of the bands singles from their debut album Page Avenue: “Anthem Of Our Dying Day” and/or “Until The Day I Die.” Well, if you do remember these songs, you’ll be delighted or dismayed to learn that not only is Story of The Year still around (srsly?) but they are apparently influencing bands nowadays.
A band that I have never heard of before called War Torn Angel have released their cover “Until The Day I Die” and for the most part, it’s a copy of the original. Of course, deathcore wasn’t a thing back then, so their are subtle differences, like enhanced breakdowns and deep growls rather than exasperated screams. No, this doesn’t make it better (or worse for that matter), but it does show that you don’t have to completely fuck a song in the ass to cover it. Check out the original as well as War Torn Angel‘s cover after the jump. Continue reading »