At some point last year when Slipknot were still in the writing process of what would end up becoming their new album, We Are Not Your Kind, Corey Taylor, the single most important carbon-based lifeform in the universe, proclaimed the record would be “Iowa levels of heavy,” a reference, of course, to the band’s 2001 sophomore album Iowa.
Taylor has doubled down on that statement in a new tweet nearly a year later. He also says We Are Not Your Kind bears some similarity to the band’s 2005 release Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). AND that, most importantly, the new album has also got its own vibe. In short: it sounds like everything and noting! Up is down, down is up, down is down and up is up!
I personally find these kinds of proclamations silly, but if Taylor’s goal was to rile up his fanbase (with a complicit press, obviously), he’s been successful. There’s a chunk of Slipknot’s fanbase that will always prefer the older, heavier stuff, and if Taylor just got some of them to pay attention to the band’s new single “Unsainted,” mission accomplished.
What will Corey Taylor say next? Stay tuned to this very website to find out.
Thanks to the millions of #maggots around the world. Spoiler: new album has Iowa moments. Also has Vol. 3 moments. But it overwhelmingly has WANYK moments. Everyone’s a critic, but I hope this clears up any misconceptions. Enjoy the next chapter- see you all soon! -CMFT
— confirm: 0-0-0… DESTRUCT… 0 (@CoreyTaylorRock) May 18, 2019
Gojira guitarist Christian Andreu was burned in the face by pyro at the band’s show yesterday (Saturday, May 18th) at the inaugural Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, OH (the rebranded Rock on the Range). Amazingly and heroically, he was still able to finish the show.
Strong winds gusting through MAPFRE Stadium had been causing flames from the band’s pyro displays to be blown out of line since their set began, and Loudwire reports that Andreu was seen in between songs signaling to a tech to cut the pyro up front. The message apparently didn’t get through, and a Twitter user caught video of Andreu getting blasted in the face by a ten-foot flame towards the end of the band’s song “Stranded:”
Andreu walked off stage, prompting frontman Joe Duplantier to say into his microphone, “Did he get burned?” Andreu returned to the stage a few minutes later, his face reportedly red, and finished the entire set (which included four more songs) with occasional breaks to soothe his mug with water.
I don’t think anyone would’ve been mad had Andreu decided not to continue, but holy hell, what a metal warrior! We hope you’re doing, OK, dude.
Just as things are kicking into high gear for Slipknot’s new album cycle, some terrible news has befallen the band: Gabrielle Crahan, the youngest daughter of percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown), has passed away. She was just 22. The cause of death has not been publicly revealed.
Posting on Twitter, through Slipknot’s account, Crahan said:
“It is with a broken heart, and from a place of the deepest pain, that I have to inform all of you that my youngest daughter, Gabrielle, passed away yesterday — Saturday May 18th, 2019. She was 22 years old. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. My family and I ask that our privacy be respected moving forward. Thank you.
A metalhead’s t-shirt collection contains some of their most prized possessions. Sweaty, stained and torn, our shirts are chronicles of our lives, physical markers of a past time and place that we pridefully put on our bodies every day. They have a clear pecking order: there are those shirts you wear only when all the best ones are in the laundry, there are the absolute favorites you wear once every couple of weeks, and there are all the shirts in between, each with their own clear rank. To a metalhead, T-shirts are EVERYTHING.
Blood Command guitarist Yngve Andersen is the latest to share his most prized threads for our series My Metal T-Shirt Collection! The Norwegian punk n’ roll crew’s new EP, Return Of The Arsonist, impressed the hell out of us with its mix of punk energy, rock swagger, metal attitude and knack for unshakeable melodies. Stream it below (and order here) while you browse through 15 of Yngve’s favorite metal t-shirts.
One of my two Tragedy shirts. This is one of the greatest bands in hardcore if you ask me. We played a show in our hometown with these guys almost ten years ago at a venue called Garage. Vengeance and their self-titled album are their best records.
I once had a red Plague Soundscapes shirt but our drummer managed to lose it when he borrowed it for five years. The Locust save lives… I have shown this band to grunge kids playing in grunge bands and they instantly started a hardcore band right after. No joke. The Locust have been a big inspiration for Blood Command when it comes to wacky song titles and short, fast songs. One day we’ll make a 7″ containing 17 songs in five minutes.
First heard this band in a field in the Netherlands in the summer of 2004. I was on tour with my then band Jeroan Drive and our Dutch tour mates in Go Revolution Go. They wanted to educate us and played “Fur Beach” from their 2003 record Canada Songs. I’ve been in love ever since. Funeral Beach is an homage to that title. The shirt is from their latest record, You Wont Get What You Want, which is the best album of the decade and I’m seeing them this summer. Woohoo!
Biggest inspiration for Blood Command ever, I would say. Refused shouldn’t need a introduction. Such legends! The Shape Of Punk To Come is one of my top three records of all time.
We have ripped off this band a thousand times. If you listen to Blood Command’s “Double T n´Tokyo” and Some Girls’ “You´ll Be Happier With Lower Standards” you´ll get what I mean. Some Girls are just one of the legend Justin Pearson’s many thousand awesome bands.
This is not metal, but Dr. Dre’s 2001 album is one of the best albums ever.
Drive Like Jehu
This is where it all started for me when it comes to sharp guitars and odd songwriting. How can San Diego house so many of the greatest?
Needs no introduction. Beastie Boys kick ass!
The Hot Snakes
The Hot Snakes came back 14 years after their last studio record with a hammer of an album that sounded like they’d been in the rehearsal room the entire time. They’ve got that guitar sound; I would do so much to get that.
Did a European tour leg with these legends in Comeback Kid on their Symptoms & Cures run. Great guys, great band, great everything.
Sawmi is the legendary San Diego label housing Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt, Dan Sartain and everything John Reis-related. Swami was one of two reasons I started my own label, Loyal Blood Records (the other reason being a different San Diego label, Three One G).
By far the best metal band from Bergen, Norway and by far the band with the coolest shirts of any Norwegian metal band. Both new Abbath and new Immortal sound badass.
I am from a very spiritual-leaning home and Stryper were one of my first introductions to ’80s heavy metal. This may be hard to take for your cute little battle vests, but Stryper eat Iron Maiden, Kiss, Wasp and Motley Crue for breakfast.
Lana Del Rey
Bought this one when we played at the same festival in 2014. Everyone else was doing it. Don’t judge.
Met a guy in 2010 at a festival we were playing with Blood Command. He introduced himself and asked if I would come check him out later when he was playing. That guy turned out to be Yelawolf and I’ve been a fan ever since.
The Dirt perfectly and honestly showcases both the good and the bad times of Motley Crue in glorious fashion. The music biopic, which takes the name from the book it’s based on, is co-written by the band members. It follows the Crue from the very beginning and takes the viewer through the band’s journey to fame and fortune along with everything else that came their way.
The book received praise for its honesty as heavy metal fans continue to lap up anything they can from their favorite genre. One relationship that continues to thrive, for example, is heavy metal and casino games. After all, heavy metal is referred to as the devil’s music, and Las Vegas, the Mecca of gambling, is famously known as Sin City. A number of games have been influenced by, and feature the music of, the biggest acts in the genre, such as Motorhead, with their infusion of heavy metal and punk rock, hard rock icons Guns N’ Roses, and thrash metals titans Megadeth.
It’s that passion for heavy metal that had those behind The Dirt committed to getting it right. Discussions started to take place about the biopic in 2016 when MTV Films and Paramount Pictures acquired the book’s rights. The Game author Neil Strauss co-wrote the book with the band. The project, however, was in the development phase for more than a decade, with numerous cast members and directors on board at various times, before the rights were purchased by Netflix in 2017. Filming commenced in New Orleans in February of last year.
Something old, something new
While you have likely heard the songs from the film, the details about the music will probably be new to anyone who has yet to read the book. Fans have given mixed reviews, with the negative views based on the fact that the film emphasizes the dark side of the band members’ lifestyles. Those who chose to offer praise were impressed with Netflix’s unapologetic narrative style, which showed the band’s reckless behavior with women and drugs.
The Dirt shows us the stories of the band members before they met and got together to form one of the most famous bands of the 1980s. The film starts with showing Nikki Sixx as a child, following his journey until he makes his way to the music scene in West Hollywood.
Sixx meets Tommy Lee and the two men decide to start a band. Next, they meet Mick Mars before finding their lead singer, Vince Neil, who went to school with Lee. The band achieved a following in the local scene and caught the eye of record executive Tom Zutaut, who proceeded to sign them to his label. From that point, the band’s star was truly on the rise.
The Dirt, however, mostly focuses on the men’s lives, with the story struggling to show any level of cohesion when it comes to various events in the band’s trajectory. In that sense, the film fails to connect the dots between the stages of touring, recording, and wild partying.
The film also struggles when it comes to connecting the band members’ various issues, including a drunk driving accident involving Vince Neil, which was followed by an extensive trial and a jail sentence, Mick’s health struggles, Tommy’s terrible marriage with Heather Locklear, and Nikki’s heroin addiction. Ultimately, the Jeff Tremaine-directed film plays more like a biopic for Crue fans than for anyone interested in a rock band’s rise to fame and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.
While the film is successful in its honesty, it has only a few musical sequences compared to what we’ve come to expect from a music biopic, due to the film emphasizing the band’s personal lives as opposed to the music that was the key to their success. At the same time, however, it is one of the more entertaining music biopics of recent years, and if you’re prepared to get hooked to the band and their crazy lives, you’re in for a treat.
As promised, Slipknot appeared on Friday night’s (May 17) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two new songs, “Unsainted” and “All Out Life.” The mini-concert marked Slipknot’s first show since 2016, and first-ever show with their new mystery percussionist.
Unfortunately, only one of those two performances — “Unsainted” — was aired. Fortunately, some peeps in the crowd at the taping captured both performances on their phones.
You can watch both videos — the actual broadcast and the fan-filmed stuff — below. Slipknot’s new album, We Are Not Your Kind, comes out August 9. The band starts their next tour a few weeks prior; get dates here.
Slipknot Full Live! Premier@ Jimmy Kimmel | 'All Out Life' 'Unsainted' Live Premier Full JimmyKimmel - YouTube
Slipknot - Unsainted Live Premiere Jimmy Kimmel 2019 - YouTube
Slipknot - All Out Life Live Premiere Jimmy Kimmel 2019 - YouTube
An unspecified member of Power Trip was involved in a bicycle accident earlier this week forcing the band to cancel their scheduled appearance at the Dark Lord Day festival in Munster, IN this coming weekend. The accident requires “immediate surgery,” according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. Their next shows are on May 30th and June 1st in their native Texas, followed by a European tour that launches on June 7th, and the band seems intent on making sure all of those happen.
The band’s statement reads as follows:
“We’re stunned and sad to announce that we’ve been forced to cancel our set tomorrow at Dark Lord Day. One of us was in a serious bicycle accident two days ago, but even after still wanting to play the show, was told by doctors this morning that he is not cleared to fly and requires immediate surgery. He’s going to be alright but we do not know much more than that. We apologize to anyone who was excited to see us; this was a festival we’ve wanted to play for years, featuring two of our most respected influences in Nuclear Assault and Sacred Reich. Unfortunately right now the health and well-being of every member of this group is our biggest concern.
“In the meantime, we’re working out a killer surprise to make up for this show in the future, and we will be spending the rest of the month healing and stabilizing ourselves to ensure we will not have to cancel any more shows. Our next shows are May 30th in San Antonio and June 1st in Dallas. European dates announced soon.
“Thank you for your understanding and see you soon.”
We wish you all the best, Mr. Unspecified Member, and hope you heal up quickly.
I’ll be the first to admit I done diddly fucked up. You see, until a year ago, I’d been leaving deathcore bands out of my music library. That decision came from a pre-conceived — and very wrong — notion that it all sounded the same. The same chunky breakdowns, the same vocals, the same blast beats. Today I stand ashamed and filled with regret that I didn’t enter this world sooner, so naturally, when The Chaos & Carnage Tour hit San Antonio on May 9th I was all fucking there. I’m over here trying to make up for lost time, mind you, PLUS Dying Fetus are on the package. You never say no to Dying Fetus.
Fallujah opened up the major half of the tour package. Their inventive melodies and unorthodox song structures might not take you over the edge with brutal insanity, but who needs that when you can close your eyes and get lost in the riffs that shoot out of their guitars like the progressive death metal wizards they are? Although many of us in the crowd stayed in one spot throughout their whole set, it seemed that everyone transformed into spongey blobs to soak it all in. It’s a similar experience to seeing Dream Theater; sure, you can get a little wild to some of their songs, but for the most part, it’s something you geek out to and take in the same way a plant takes in sun. Fallujah, I’m sorry I didn’t come to you sooner. Will you forgive me?
Spite have been on my radar for a while without leaving much of an impression, but after seeing them live I’ve named myself an honorary member of the “Spite Cult.” Our dear Axl Rosenberg himself has outwardly spoken of his distaste for the band, and had this been One Year Ago Karen, I would’ve conceded, but New Karen is all for the chuggy breakdowns they threw my way. As soon as the first cymbal hit, no one in the room was allowed to stay still and caveman instincts were encouraged. If you can listen to “Kill or Be Killed” without wanting to kill or be killed then all hope is lost for you.
Revocation were on this tour to serve as a warm-up, if you will, for the rest of the bubbling mayhem of the night. It’s a mesmerizing experience watching guitarist Dan Gargiulo dance around the fretboard, while Ash Pearson (ex-Three Inches of Blood) drums his arms and legs off. Most notably, seeing vocalist David Davidson scream his lungs out on stage while playing finger-twisting lead guitar riffs and solos is awe-inspiring. The band played four songs off their newest record, The Outer Ones, showcasing the more technical death metal-driven bits they’ve incorporated this time around with songs such as “Of Unworldy Origin” and the album’s title track. Putting their brutality aside, if you haven’t seen these dudes already, I would make it a point to do so.
Photo Credit: Karen Espronceda
The 2019 Chaos & Carnage tour isn’t for the faint of heart. After already being steam-rolled by a devastating line-up of bands, Dying Fetus come next. When the band hit the stage I absolutely lost it. I can usually jam out contently in my corner of the pit knowing exactly what tasty and chonky riffs are coming my way, but as soon as “Grotesque Impalement” hit, well, that’s just where I go banana sandwich, which turned out to be somewhat regrettable. I jumped in the pit thinking, “I can come out of mosh retirement. I’M AN ANIMAL,” but I quickly lost a shoe and then promptly sprained my leg. It was all worth it, of course: really I just hope my experience serves as a true testament of how gnarly this show was.
Photo Credit: Karen Espronceda
I need to clear the air for all you nay-sayers out there. The news is in, and the new Whitechapel album SLAPS. The change in their direction, marked by the use of more clean vocals, translates beautifully in a live setting, and although I wish the band had played songs off of This Is Exile, I welcomed their entire set nonetheless. The Valley is proof that mosh pits can still ensue in the face of clean vocals, and Phil Bozeman (not to be confused with MS writer / super Whitechapel fan Phil Boozeman) is equal parts neanderthal and heavenly. I thank them for closing out their set with “The Saw Is the Law” and sending me back home short of breath and freshly obliterated.
In conclusion: Chaos and Carnage 2020, where the fuck are you?
Once upon a time, Justin Foley from The Austerity Program and myself were meeting up for a hang. And when J.Fo (as his friends know him) emerged from the subway, he had a copy of the Bible under his arm. And I thought, “Oh, fuck, J.Fo has lost his goddamn mind,” and quickly searched for someplace I could hide before he saw me. The bad news is, I didn’t find a hiding spot in time, and the good news is, J.Fo had not found God. Rather, he was simply challenging himself to read the Bible cover to cover, because he’d never done so before, and also, presumably, because he’s overcome with self-loathing and wanted to punish himself.
But it’s not like he didn’t get anything out of it: Bible Songs 1, The Austerity Program’s latest — and, in my not-so-humble opinion, strongest yet — offering. As J.Fo himself explains:
“A few years back I realized that we keep returning to the same lyrical theme: people trying to make sense of things beyond their control. Around the same time I challenged myself to read the Bible start to finish (a near three-year slog). About a third of the way through, I saw that the narrative voices in the Bible frequently synced up with the desperation in our music and this persistent lyrical subject.
“So this record – ‘Bible Songs 1’ – just battens the hatches and sails right into it: six songs about the worst parts of the Old Testament. The misanthropy and murderous zealotry are right at home as we’re push well beyond the musical boundaries of our past. King David’s proud sexual transgressions, Moses’s demand for genocide, Zedekiah watching all his sons split from navel to chin – it’s all here.”
The first track on the album — and the first one to be released — is “Isaiah 63 2 – 6.” That’s a fairly typical Old Testament message about God being a wrathful, narcissistic dick. In other words: it’s the perfect subject matter for a metal song.
But even if you don’t care about any of that, you should be bale to enjoy “Isaiah,” ’cause, well, it just plain rocks. Predatory bass intertwines with anxious guitars, an insistent beat, and J.Fo’s appropriately ecclesiastical vocals to create something that feels at once immediate and hypnotic. The 2:13 mark also features the year’s best use of white noise in a metal song.
Check out”Isaiah 63 2 – 6″ below. Bible Songs 1 will be out June 14 on Controlled Burn Records, and can be pre-ordered here (Euros, get it from Throatruiner Records here). In addition to Foley, The Austerity Program’s line-up is rounded out by Thad Calabrese (bass) and Drum Machine (percussions).