Tuesday, December 29, 2009

RIP James Owen Sullivan

RIP James Owen Sullivan, aka Rev, the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold. According to the Orange County Register, the 28-year-old was found dead of natural causes in his home earlier today. Just 10 months past the required age for the 27 Club, he is sure to remain in the hearts, thoughts, and eardrums of music lovers everywhere.

This seems almost prophetic now:

"I see a distant light, but girl this can't be right.
Such a surreal place to see, so how did this come to be?
Arrived too early."
-Afterlife (Avenged Sevenfold)

Friday, December 25, 2009

New Music: Dillinger Escape Plan

Check the brand new single "Farewell Mona Lisa" by the Dillinger Escape Plan off their upcoming album Option Paralysis due out March 23. This really tears shit up and has me even more excited for the new release. In the words of Bring Me the Horizon, this was what the edge of your seat was made for! Merry Christmas to all, and in Ben Weinman's case, Happy Hannukah!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Taste the Bleach

If I could travel in time, I would:
1. Prevent the car accident I was in this summer that totaled my precious BMW
2. See Nirvana live in concert

Since I can't do either, I guess watching this video clip of Nirvana live in Reading will suffice:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Music: Volbeat

Volbeat has a new single called "A Warrior's Call" available on their website: http://volbeat.dk/. It's priced at a recession special: FREE.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Miksha's Video Campaign

This has got to be the best marketing for a metal album EVER. The Norwegian extreme metal band Miksha is advertising their latest album The Vulture Conspiracy with this awesome infomercial where their bassist, Fritz, spoofs the late and great Billy Mays.

Be sure to check out the headbanging guitarist at the 3:26 mark.

Max Cavalera Gives Us An Omen

Max Cavalera gives a tour of the studio where Omen, Soulfly's seventh studio album is being recorded. He also enlightens us on a few track names such as "Blood, Bath and Beyond," and more. Check it out below:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Trent Reznor tweets his first tweet since July:

@trent_reznor Happy birthday, old friend. Pretty Hate Machine turns 20.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

T-Rez Wedding Photo

Details on the L.A. wedding on Saturday, Oct. 17 have not been released but a few more photos are available here.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

FREE Download: Nirvana

Get a free download of a previously unreleased live-version of "Scoff" courtesy of SPIN Magazine here:

The track was recorded Feb 2, 1990 in the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, OR. The single will appear on the 20th anniversary reissue of the album it originally appeared on, Nirvana's debut album, Bleach, on November 3.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dillinger Checks In From the Studio: Week Two and Three

NJ Pride: Thursday and Dillinger Escape Plan Team Up For Tour

OMFG BEST TOUR EVER: Thursday, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Fake Problems!!! The prides of New Brunswick Thursday and Dillinger Escape Plan will kick off a East Coast/Midwest tour with Florida punk rockers Fake Problems tagging along in December. There's nothing like face-melting guitar riffs to keep you warm in the winter. It's the best way to start the holidays!

12/04 - Farmingdale NY / The Crazy Donkey
12/05 - Syracuse NY / Lost Horizon
12/06 - Montreal QC / Foufounes Electriques
12/07 - Toronto ON / The Mod Club
12/09 - Poplar Grove IL / Chubby Rain House of Tunes
12/10 - Grand Rapids MI / The Intersection
12/11 - Covington KY / The Mad Hatter
12/12 - Sauget IL / Pop's
12/14 - Millvale PA / Mr. Small's Theatre
12/15 - Baltimore MD / Otto Bar
12/16 - Richmond VA / Canal Club Downstairs Lounge
12/17 - Allentown PA / Crocodile Rock
12/18 - Clifton Park NY / Northern Lights
12/19 - Cambridge MA / The Middle East Downstairs

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Music: Foo Fighters

New Music: Hatebreed

Hatebreed posted a sampler of their upcoming self-titled album due in stores on September 29. Check out the eight minute preview below covering all 13 tracks:

Track List for Hatebreed:
01. Become The Fuse
02. Not My Master
03. Between Hell And A Heartbeat
04. In Ashes They Shall Reap
05. Hands Of A Dying Man
06. Everyone Bleeds Now
07. No Halos For The Heartless
08. Through The Thorns
09. Every Lasting Scar
10. As Damaged As Me
11. Words Become Untruth
12. Undiminished
13. Merciless Tide

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cancer Bats Need More Cowbell!

My favorite product of Canada, the hardcore punk outfit Cancer Bats, have announced the name of their upcoming album: Bears, Mayors, Scraps And Bones. It will be the follow-up to their sophomore album, the ferocious Hail Destroyer. Check out their update below, which reveals the secret ingredients for Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones: a Beastie Boys cover and more cowbell!

Marilyn Manson "Unfortunately" Is Still Alive

Apparently, even the Antichrist himself isn't immune to the H1N1 Virus known more commonly as the Swine Flu. The goth superstar reported on his MySpace blog that he "...officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with THE SWINE FLU." He continues:

"I know everyone will suggest that fucking a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said, my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive."

We wish you the best- errr, the worst.

Thoughts on who/where he contracted it from?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dillinger Checks In From the Studio: Week One

New Jersey's finest mathcore monsters of mayhem posted the first studio update for their fourth studio album Option Paralysis on their YouTube earlier today. Contained in the video are brief but beastly drum samples from the new drummer Billy Rymer who replaced Gil Sharone in January. This will be Dillinger's first record put out on their own label, Party Smasher Inc., and will be available in early 2010.

New Music: Death Cab For Cutie

Pacific Northwest indie greats Death Cab For Cutie just released their single Meet Me On the Equinox last Sunday. The track will appear on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack which it was written for exclusively. Ben Gibbard said the song is "about meeting another halfway, because life is very short."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fall Of Troy's New Album Is An Unlikely Event

Washington natives that are the mathcore rockers of The Fall Of Troy announced the release of their forthcoming album In The Unlikely Event due out on October 6 on Equal Vision in the following digital press release:

I remember seeing these dudes when I was in high school in Seattle. They've come a long way!

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Music: Five Finger Death Punch

Revolver Magazine has an exclusive stream of Five Finger Death Punch's new single "Hard To See" off their upcoming sophomore album, War is the Answer on Prospect Park. The record will not be released until the fall, but you can stream the single right here:


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Every Time A Drummer Dies

Every Time I Die's drummer Mike Novak has quit the band, which means metalcore/punk drummers everywhere: prepare your audition tapes! Novak had the following to say about his departure from the band:

"I have officially quit Every Time I Die due to personal conflicts. I feel like im getting myself out of an uncomfortable, unhealthy situation, and it's for the best for everyone, and I'm ready to move on with my life. I still plan to play and be involved in music and am looking for a new project to pursue. This is a new exciting chapter in my life and hope anyone who has enjoyed me as a person/drummer in this band for the last 11 years, sticks with me for whatever endeavor the future brings me. Thanks to all the ETID fans throughout the years."

FREE Download: Warped Tour 2009 Sampler

Get the Warped Tour 2009 Sampler for FREE here: http://tinyurl.com/lulunp

The download includes 22 tracks from artists like Every Time I Die ( Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato lends his vocals on this track), Bring Me The Horizon, Thursday, Parkway Drive, Vanna, Rancid, Bad Religion, Escape The Fate, New Found Glory, and more!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

FREE Download: Black Stone Cherry

As a Father's Day treat, the hard Southern rockers of Black Stone Cherry and amazon.com are getting a little soft and giving away the band's single "Things My Father Said" for FREE at the Amazon MP3 website.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The End Is A Game For Megadeth

Megadeth announced that their upcoming record will be titled "Endgame." It will be the band's 12th studio album and is due out in September through Roadrunner Records.

Dave Mustaine chad this to say:

"Thematically, I've never been known to be a silent bystander in a world that needs our participation. As more is revealed about our former President's legacy, a little-known yet staggeringly frightening document which was signed into law, named 'Endgame', has been uncovered. The album 'Endgame' is the most energetic music offering I have penned in over a decade and is far more believable than knowing someone signed 'Endgame' — the document — into law. The album is also the perfect 'ass-kicking' music to listen to once you are done reading the aforementioned document!"

New Music: The Mars Volta

While doing my DJ thing at 89.5 FM WSOU I played the new single "Cotopaxi" off The Mars Volta's new album Octahedron due out June 23 on Warner Bros. Records and I give it a thumbs up. The album looks promising.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ben Weinman Blogs About Party Smasher/ Upcoming Album

And now for the recent Dillinger Escape Plan news in the words of Benjamin Weinman (manager/guitarist/only original member left), found on the MySpace blog for the band today:

"We, recently, as some of you may have seen, announced our new album title....."OPTION PARALYSIS". GET FUCKING EXCITED. We are getting together all of our full demos, and we'll be hitting the studio for real to lay down actual tracks in a month and a half to two months or so."

"ALSO....we have announced that we are creating an umbrella known as PARTY SMASHER INC. that we will be putting out all of our future endeavors under. Our records, our shirts, our whatever the fucks....all of it is from now on coming out under that moniker. You'll see that on there no matter where or what it is, and that's how you'll know if something you are getting is really an official DEP release and not a copy, like on the limited shirts and limited other things that we are gonna be doing. That will be on there, and if you don't see it, on EBAY or something, it's not legit."

Also in the post, Weinman linked this video of Dillinger jamming to "Wish" with Nine Inch Nails at Bonarroo during their last U.S. performance EVER:

Katy Perry Goes Metal

Like Metal? Like Katy Perry? Even if you don't like the former or the latter, but enjoy at least one of the two, this will have you enjoying both:

Dillinger Escape Plan Are Party Smashers

Found on Blabbermouth.net:

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN recently inked a deal with Season Of Mist Records. The band's fourth studio album, Option Paralysis", will be released in early 2010 in collaboration with the band's brand new label.

According to guitarist Ben Weinman, the band's new "official creative umbrella" for all things THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has been dubbed Party Smasher Inc. He states, "After over a decade of touring and making music we have realized that there is the right way of doing things, the wrong way of doing things, and then the DILLINGER way of doing things. Party Smasher Inc. will represent our collected efforts on all things DILLINGER-related."

Music Pick: Volbeat

My current obsession: Volbeat

This Danish rock band is a blend of country, rock 'n roll, and metal. Their front man Michael Poulsen has distinctive, soaring baritone vocals that pierce speak to the soul while the heavy guitar riffs keep the music grounded. Sample their sound with the single "Radio Girl" below off their 2007 release Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil on Mascot Records. If you dig that tune, be sure to check out "Find That Soul" off Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, released September 1 2008.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Video Premiere: Sonic Youth

The video for Sonic Youth's first single off their latest album The Eternal , released last week,

Nike Pops Out New Show For Record Label

Nike announced that it will be releasing a shoe inspired by the Sub Pop record label in July on their Nike SB Blazer Elite line. As far as I know, this is the first shoe to be inspired by a record label, rather than a band. The shoe looks nothing like the Sub Pop black and white logo, and isn't reminscent of the grunge bands they are famous for signing like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney. Their newer acts like the Postal Service, Fleet Foxes, and The Shins don't seem well represented in the shoe either. It looks neither grungy nor indie. In fact, it just looks like a shoe. If anyone sees the connection, please let me know.

Winners of the Metal Hammer (UK) Golden Gods

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees (yes, be thankful just for being nominated) of the seventh annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in the UK. Slipknot and Iron Maiden won two awards each; the masked men from Iowa grabbed Best International Band and Best Live, while UK natives Iron Maiden held it down for the home team and snagged Best UK Band and the award for Golden Gods.

Best New Band - Five Finger Death Punch

Best Underground Band - Behemoth

Best Metal Label - Roadrunner

Spirit Of Metal - Saxon

The Dimebag Darrel Shredder Award - Herman Li/Sam Toteman (Dragonforce)

Event Of The Year - Download

Legends Award - Def Leppard

Best Breakthrough Act - Amon Amarth

Best Album - Lamb Of God ‘Wrath’

Metal As Fuck - Anvil

Inspiration - Emperor

Icon - Mariyln Manson

Riff Lord - Steve Vai

Best Live Band - Slipknot

Best International Band - Slipknot (they beat out Metallica!)

Best UK Band - Iron Maiden (the public voted them better than Motorhead)

Golden God - Iron Maiden

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Video Premiere: Killswitch Engage

Check out the new video from Killswitch Engage "Starting Over." The single will be on their upcoming self-titled release out on June 30 through Roadrunner Records.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Alice In Chains Cruisin' For A Bruisin'

The recently reunited Seattle grunge legends Alice In Chains announced that they named their upcoming studio album "Black Gives Way To Blue" and that it will be released by Virgin Records on September 29.

Mastodon Crack the Shoe Market

Around 10 p.m. Eastern, the official Mastodon Twitter announced that the band had collaborated with the Vans shoe company and anticipate the release of the pictured shoes in July. The Vans website teaser for the shoes can be seen here: http://www.vans.com/mastodon/. Mastodon will be joining bands like Bad Brains, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Johnny Ramone and Kiss who also have shoes out by the shoe company.

Show Review: Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape plan played the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia as their second gig on their mini-tour to Bonnarroo Wednesday night, transforming the dimly lit basement into a sauna. The set included songs like "Sugar Coated Sour," "Baby's First Coffin, "Fix Your Face," "Milk Lizard," "Lurch," "Fix Your Face," "Horse Hunter" among others. The set ended with a rare performance of "Mouth of Ghosts" (see last photo).
Above: Liam Wilson
Above: Ben Weinman in the foreground, Liam Wilson in the background. Blob on the right is Greg Puciato
Above: Ben Weinman
Above: Ben Weinman

The Dillinger Escape Plan have nine more North American shows scheduled before a brief tour of Europe in the month of July. The band's replacement for their last guitar tech who left abruptly to tour with Metro Station seemed does not seem quite as fun nor as dynamic as Asian Steve. Ben Weinman said, "I thought I taught him better" when asked about the situation.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Music: Portugal. The Man Day 2

Portugal. The Man is offering a daily preview of a track off their upcoming album The Satanic Satanist. Earlier, I posted yesterday's preview of "The Sun," and today's is "Everyone Is Golden."

Video Premiere: Mastodon

Mastodon "Oblivion"

The video for Mastodon's single "Oblivion" off their latest album Crack The Skye debuted on MySpace today and can be seen above.

Dillinger Escape Plan Posts Video

The Dillinger Escape Plan posted this video on their blog early this morning showing the last practice before the tour (Begins today in NY), and other shenanigans. Is "Option Analysis" possibly the name for the upcoming album? Hmmmm.

FREE Download: Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man's is offering a FREE download of the single "People Say" off their upcoming album The Satanic Satanist due out July 21 on the band's on label Approaching AIRBalloons.

Click it:

New Music: Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is offering a sneak preview of their upcoming album The Satanic Satanist to the public. The track is called "The Sun" and even I haven't heard it yet, save for this clip. The album is due out July 21 on the band's on label Approaching AIRBalloons. Last month I was granted a sneak peek of three songs off the album, called "People Say," "Everyone Is Golden" and "Do You." John Gourley calls the new album a psychadelic infusion of his favorite artists like Pink Floyd, Mars Volta, and Led Zeppelin. From what I heard, expect a lot more cheer and indie rock versus the experimental style they usually employ.

Portugal. The Man will be performing at Bonarroo on June 11, will hit Europe in July, and will be back to take on Lollapalooza August 7-8 in Chicago, IL.

Against Me! Turns Against Drummer

Florida punk rockers Against me! Announced the departure of their drummer Warren Oakes on their MySpace yesterday. According to front man Tom Gabel's blog, the band (minus Warren) decided collectively that they no longer wanted Oakes in the band as his "heart hasn't been in this for a while now." Oakes has been the drummer for Against Me! ever since 2001 and appeared on their debut album Reinventing Axl Rose. The now ex-drummer took the high road and issued the following statement through the band:

"I've spent the past 8 years making beautiful music with my best friends and sharing it with amazing people all over the world. I've had the honor and privilege of traveling with the most dedicated road dogs on the planet and sharing the stage with the greatest bands. I have been embraced by so many with such graciousness and hospitality and love. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the dream a reality, especially Tom, James and Andrew. I've had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you."

In the announcement of Oakes's termination from the band, Against Me! said that they "don’t rule out the possibility of some day playing music together again," however, "For now the four of us feel like this is the best decision to make."

Oakes recently opened a Mexican Restaurant named “Boca Fiesta” in Gainesville, FL which will probably keep him busy for a while.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Video Premiere: Kings of Leon

Kings Of Leon - Notion

Kings of Leon posted their video for "Notion" Monday off of their album Only By The Night released in August 2008.

The southern rock gentlemen from Tennessee will kick off their European tour next week, and will return to the U.S. in August for the North America leg of the tour.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Video Premiere: MGMT

MGMT just released their official video for the single "Kids" off of Oracular Spectacular as seen above. True to MGMT's style, the video is completely messed up, trippy, and makes you wonder, "Is that legal?" The band assures viewers that no children were harmed in the making of the video.

Jamey Jasta Likes My Shirt

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weatherman Conspiracy

I think weathermen lie and say there will be crappy weather when there isn't in order to get us all to stay in and do work in order to stimulate the economy. Good thing I never fall for it!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

FREE Download: Travis Barker and DJ AM

Travis Barker and DJ AM are treating the Twitterverse with a free download of the mix tape Fix Your Face: Vol. 2 Coachella in exchange for a single tweet. Twitter users head here to get your free download, and if you're not on Twitter you should probably jump on the band wagon! It's really a great tool, it's where I get the most up to date music headlines. Plus, you get free stuff such as this download, and artists like Dave Navarro, Trent Reznor, and numerous bands and labels occasionally give out free tickets to their shows using the social messaging site.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Show Review: The Sleeping

Photos from The Sleeping before I got bed:

Friday, May 29, 2009

FREE Download: Killswitch Engage

The kings of Massachusetts metal core Killswitch Engage is offering a free download of the single "Reckoning" off their upcoming self-titled album here: 

The album is slated for release on June 30 through Roadrunner Records with the following track listing:

01. Never Again
02. Starting Over
03. The Forgotten
04. Reckoning
05. The Return
06. A Light In A Darkened World
07. Take Me Away
08. I Would Do Anything
09. Save Me
10. Lost
11. This Is Goodbye

Bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition include:

12. In A Dead World
13. My Curse [Live]
14. Rose Of Sharyn [Live]
15. Holy Diver [Live]

DVD included in the Deluxe Edition contains:
01. "Making Of" Footage
02. Interviews

Catch the band on tour this summer from early July to mid August on the Rockstar Mayhem tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer.

Ozzy Is Riding The Crazy Train

Ozzy Osbourne is suing Tony Iommi over ownership of the "Black Sabbath" band name: http://tinyurl.com/nhj68b.

Video Premiere: Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes - "Pearl's Dream"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

FREE Download: Sub Pop Records

Sub Pop has gifted music lovers everywhere with a computer and an internet connection with a recession-friendly (i.e. FREE) sampler aptly named Cybersex because getting music from The Vaselines, Fleet Foxes, Handsome Furs, and Flight of the Conchords FOR FREE through the blessed internet is pretty much an act of cybersex for my ears, and yours! Get it here: http://www.subpop.com/cybersex

Tracklist for Sub Pop Cybersex Digital Sampler:

01. Vetiver – Strictly Rule
02. Handsome Furs – I’m Confused
03. Mark Sultan – Hold On
04. Red Red Meat – Gauze
05. Obits – Pine On
06. The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
07. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
08. Iron and Wine – Belated Promise Ring
09. Tiny Vipers - Dreamer
10. Zak Sally – Why We Hide
11. Fruit Bats – My Unusual Friend
12. Pissed Jeans – False Jesii Part 2
13. Grand Archives – Silver Among the Gold
14. Flight of the Conchords – Hurt Feelings

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dillinger Escape Plan Start Their Own Label

Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan announced via Twitted around 4:45 pm Eastern that theband will release their next album this fall through their own (currently unnamed) record label, NOT through Season of Mist like many media outlets have already reported. However, the Dillinger label will be a collaboration WITH Season of Mist.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Music Picks

I haven't done this in a while, but here's a list of singles definitely worth your while:

"My Tits" (Finger Bang City) not even kidding stream it on their MySpace right this second, otherwise your life will not be complete.
"The Night Unfolds" (War Tapes)
"No Shame" (Duff McKagan's Loaded)
"Sink Into Me" (Taking Back Sunday)
"I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?" (A Day To Remember)

"My Song" (Jerry Cantrell)
"Birds Vs Worms" (Modest Mouse)
"Simple Man" (Deftones)

Video Premiere: Modest Mouse

My neighbors in the Northwest (literally from the city next to me) Modest Mouse, have released the video for their single "Satellite Skin" off their upcoming EP No One's First and You're Next due out by the end of the summer. Check out the mushroom trip caught on tape below:

Satellite Skin

Slayer Stays Brutal; Issues Update On Album

Tom Araya and Kerry King of Slayer spoke to ShockHound about their new "brutal" album. I'm sure that's the understatement of the year.

This will be the band's 10th studio album, which is still unnamed. The record is the second for Slayer since the original line up reunited in 2001. Rick Rubin is on board as the executive producer, who was also present for Reign in Blood in 1986. A few working titles for tracks include:

"Build Up"
"7 String"
"Drop B"
"Psychopathy Red"

I Wasn't There That Sunday, But These Guys Took It Back

I can't get enough of this song... and Taking Back Sunday is pretty damn good live!

Sink Into Me - Live From Bamboozle '09

Beastie Boys Keep It Hot

The Beastie Boys announced their new album name on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon": Hot Sauce Committee is due out in September. Should be a record with some flavor.

Check out the aged hip-hop trio's performance below:

Video Premiere: Peter Bjorn & John

Check out the video premier of Peter Bjorn & John's "It Don't Move Me" off their album Living Thing on YouTube here.

Living Thing is the trio's fifth studio album and was released March 30th.

Video Premiere: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Check out the video premiere of "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs off their latest album It's Blitz exclusively at NME.com: http://tinyurl.com/qmbxnz and now here:

The video is glorious and heads do in fact roll around the 3 minute mark. I've never seen such glamorous violence before in my life.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Warped Tour Compilation Tracklist

According to the Side One Dummy Records website, The Warped Tour Compilation for 2009 (available in stores June 9) contains the following tracklist:


01. NOFX - Co Dependence Day
02. FLOGGING MOLLY - Man With No Country
03. BAD RELIGION - New Dark Ages
04. UNDEROATH - We Are The Involuntary
05. A DAY TO REMEMBER - I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
06. THE BOUNCING SOULS - I Think That The World
07. ALL TIME LOW - Weightless
08. BROADWAY CALLS - Be All You Can’t Be
09. P.O.S. - Optimist (We Are Not For Them)
10. ANARBOR - Let The Games Begin
11. THE MAINE - Girls Do What They Want
12. THEREFORE I AM - Splinters
13. JEFFREE STAR - Prisoner
14. WESTBOUND TRAIN - Come And Get It
15. DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS - If Not For My Glasses
16. HIT THE LIGHTS - Stay Out
17. AIDEN - Believe
19. STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO - What A Wicked Gang Are We Below
20. LOVE HATE HERO - America Underwater
21. SING IT LOUD - Come Around
22. ATTACK! ATTACK! - Shred, White And Blue
23. MEG AND DIA - I’m Going Away
24. THE BLACKOUT - STFUppercut
25. MIDDLE FINGER SALUTE - I’m Going All The Way


01. ANTI-FLAG - Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.
02. CHIODOS - Two Birds Stoned At Once
04. THURSDAY - Friends In The Armed Forces
05. THE ATARIS - All Souls Day
06. 3OH!3 - I’m Not Your Boyfriend Baby
07. SILVERSTEIN - Born Dead
08. LESS THAN JAKE - The State Of Florida
10. A SKYLIT DRIVE - Eva The Carrier
11. CIVET - Hell Hath No Fury
12. EVERY AVENUE - Chasing The Night
14. POUR HABITS - Institution
15. DANCE GAVIN DANCE - Tree Village
16. I SET MY FRIENDS ON FIRE - But The NUNS Are Watching
17. MADINA LAKE - Welcome To Oblivion
18. THERE FOR TOMORROW - A Little Faster
19. IVORYLINE - We Both Know
20. VANNA - Into Hell’s Mouth We March
21. YOU ME AT SIX - Gossip
22. TAT - Pessimist
23. MURDERLAND - I Created A Monster
24. LEFT ALONE - 3 Bottles Of Wine
25. BREATH CAROLINA - Classified
26. BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE - Fluent In Stroll

The Vans Warped Tour will kick off June 26 in Pomona, CA and will continue across the US and back through Canada, ending in Los Angeles  after 46 dates. There are over 100+ bands on tour this year, with main stage acts including:

All Time Low
The Ataris
Bad Religion
The Bouncing Souls
The Devil Wears Prada
Flogging Molly
Less Than Jake

New Queen To Join Queen?

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last week, Queen's guitarist Brian May told the Stone that the band is considering replacing the recently opened spot for vocalist of the band with second place winner of American Idol Adam Lambert. 

Says May: "…[Drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with [Lambert] at some point. It's not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there."

Queen's frontman position was made available in May when Paul Rodgers announced that the partnership had ended, as it was never meant to be permanent.

Fun Fact: Adam Lambert performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" during is initial American Idol audition.

In addition to his vocal talent, Lambert seems to have the Freddy Mercury look down as well.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Direct Message From Throwdown

I almost peed when I saw this. It was Dave. (Click for larger)

Dillinger Plan To Escape South?

Dillinger Escape Plan to tour South America? Ben Weinman updated his Twitter at approximately 11 p.m. Eastern saying:

RT @dillingerescpln south American fans if you build it we will come. That is a delicious sandwich or perhaps some rice and beans.

The Dillinger Escape Plan is currently scheduled to play a handful of dates on the East Coast in June before they play Eastern Europe throughout July.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Update on the Crack The Skye Film

Metal Injection managed to snag an interview with Brann Dailor of Mastodon before their set in Brooklyn, NY earlier this week, and this is what he had to say about the possibility of making a film of their latest explosive album Crack The Skye:

Metal Injection: What kind of vibe are you going for with [the Crack the Skye movie]? Is it like "The Wall" or the KISS movie?

Brann Dailor: No, not the KISS movie, although that's a great movie.

Metal Injection: Would there be dialog in the movie or is just the music with visuals?

Brann Dailor: I don't know yet. The first thought that we had for it was just the music and a movie to go along with it. That's what the treatment is for. But we talked to some directors and they're kind of into possibly introducing some dialogue so it's a little more cohesive and makes more sense and making it like "The Wall" or something like that. But, it's kind of at a stand still right now. We don't know if it's going to happen, but we want it to happen. I guess we'll see.

Troy Sanders: We're definitely trying everything we can to make this Crack the Skye film, but it's quite involved. You need financial backing, a director on board…but we're working as hard we possibly can and we would like for it to be born.

Brann Dailor: You need assistant directors standing around being like 'Hey, hey, hey, move back. Step back five feet, we're filming a movie here!'

Metal Injection: That guy needs to get paid!

Brann Dailor: Yep.

Troy Sanders: We're eternally searching for the proper catering too.

Mega-awesome News From Megadeth

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth announced on his Twitter that yes, the band has a new album that is "essentially done" and we should hear more about it soon enough. The original tweet was posted about 7:30 p.m. Eastern and read:

"The album is essentially done, expect some big news about it soon"

This will be the band's 12th studio album which is yet to be titled will be released through Roadrunner Records around September of this year.

Official Killswitch Engage Track Listing Revealed

The self-titled album expected from the Massachusetts metal core band Killswitch Engage due out on June 30 through Roadrunner Records now has an official track listing as follows:

01. Never Again
02. Starting Over
03. The Forgotten
04. Reckoning
05. The Return
06. A Light In A Darkened World
07. Take Me Away
08. I Would Do Anything
09. Save Me
10. Lost
11. This Is Goodbye

Bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition include:

12. In A Dead World
13. My Curse [Live]
14. Rose Of Sharyn [Live]
15. Holy Diver [Live]

DVD included in the Deluxe Edition contains:
01. "Making Of" Footage
02. Interviews

Catch the band on tour this summer from early July to mid August on the Rockstar Mayhem tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Loaded Performs "No Shame" Live For The First Time

Duff McKagan's Loaded performs their single "No Shame" off their album Sick for the first time live in the Blender Theater in NYC May 19, 2009.

Slash Gets Animated

Slash might get the chance to be immortalized as a cartoon in addition to his Guitar Hero character. According to his Twitter, he is pitching a cartoon to Comedy Central. Around 1 p/m/ DST the post said:

"Pitching a cartoon to Comedy Central today with Mike Sculley of "Simpsons" fame. #fb"

Wonder what it could be about?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

GNR Reunion Tonight?

According to Bumblefoot (aka RonThal)'s Twitter, he plans to attend the Loaded performance tonight in NYC. The post on the social messaging site read:

"Duff McKagan's LOADED 8pm Tue May 19 2009 Blender Theater 127 E23 St NYC. (I'll be there, maybe with guitar in hand for a song or two....?)"

Bumblefoot is the current guitarist for Guns 'N Roses. 

Although there is no word from Slash, he is definitely in town and I would like to think he would make an appearance tonight.

So let's think about this: Duff McKagan used to play drums back in the day with The Fartz and The Fastbacks, Slash plays a mean guitar like nobody's business, and Bumblefoot can play bass. Put those three together and you kinda play some Guns 'N Roses, but who would be on vocals?

I know, it's never going to happen, but I'm a huge fan of GNR and I can dream, right?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Show Review: Loaded

One of my favorite gems from the Northwest rock scene, Duff McKagan, performed with his band Loaded at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, NJ today and rocked these Jersey folk like only a gang of Seattleites could. I ran into the legendary ex Guns 'N Roses bassist outside the store when I realized I forgot my phone in my car, and we chatted about our home-- the greatest place on Earth: Seattle. We talked about how great it is that Griffey is back where he belongs, and where the Yankees can stick it. He was soon swarmed by other adoring fans, so I wandered off. 

Loaded kicked off their 30 minute set with the title track off their new album Sick released April 7 on Century Media. As McKagan addressed the audience after the song, I'm proud to say he personally shouted me out (by name) as a fellow Seattleite. If anyone caught that on video, YouTube that shit and send me the link. The performace was full of energy, with Duff channeling Iggy Pop in his vocals. McKagan worked the crowd, constantly stepping offstage and into the crowd, making his guitar wail all the way through. "Seattle Head" was a crowd pleaser, infecting the audience with a foot-tapping or head-banging pandemic. Loaded unloaded their rock 'n roll riffs temporarily in exchange for the ballad "Wasted Heart," which was perfect for the intimate venue. The set concluded with an "off the cuff" jam session called "I Wanna Be Your Dog," shown in the video below. McKagan stepped back to allow Loaded's bassist Jeff Rouse (formerly of Vendetta Red, a band I saw live when I was about 14 or 15 in Seattle) take the mic, even giving guitarist Mike Squires a turn to cover AC/DC's "TNT" and "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones.

Set List:
01. Sick
02. Sleaze Factory
03. Flatline
04. Dark Days
05. Seattle Head
06. Wasted Heart
07. IOU
08. I Wanna Be Your Dog

Although there were no Guns 'N Roses covers, tomorrow night Loaded will perform at the Blender Theater at Grammercy, and according to Slash's Twitter, he's recording in NYC. Will Slash make an appearance at an old friend's show? I can only hope so because:
A) I'm going to be at the show
B) That would fucking rule if they jammed onstage

If I meet Slash Hudson I will piss my pants.

By the way, check out McKagan's awesome Mariner's sticker on his guitar:

Go M's!

Be My Guitar Hero... 5

The new Guitar Hero 5 looks promising with  a line up of songs from 85+ bands like Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and more. Activision has already revealed the following tracks to be on the new game:

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
Santana – No One To Depend On (LIVE)
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Tom Petty – Runnin Down a Dream
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Activision also released the following image to show of the improved look of the game:



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hey Jersey: Want To Get Loaded?

On Monday, May 18, Duff McKagan (former Guns 'N Roses bassist, but you already knew that) and his new band Loaded will be doing an instore performance and signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. The event is at 5 p.m. and attendees must purchase Duff McKagan's Loaded Wasted Heart EP or their new CD, Sick, to obtain a wristband that will allow access to the performance and signing. I'll be there to represent SEATTLE (McKagan's old stomping grounds), so leave a comment if you plan to go too!

Vintage Vinyl is located at:
51 Lafayette Rd
Fords, NJ 08863

Friday, May 15, 2009

Video Premiere: Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson - Arma-Goddamn-motherfuckin'-geddon

Marilyn Manson's "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" video makes me want to Arma-fucking-get-it-on. Not really, but that sounded cool. NME, a British rock mag premiered the video off of Manson's upcoming album The High End Of Low due out May 25 on Interscope but now it's available here for your viewing pleasure. The album will be Manson's seventh.

On March 27, Manson gave away the single "We're From America" off the album for free on his website.  "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" is equally as disappointing as "We're From America" which was hardly shocking, hateful, nor heavy (by Manson's standards). This video is definitely mild for the shock rocker, but at 40, it's expected. His make up is less garish, the glares have loss their evil sparkle, and the video sluts are hardly skanky. Oh and the track sucks too. Listening to it makes me want to Arma-get-on-with-it. Zingggg.

Attention Aspiring Rockstars!

Didn't make the drummer auditions for Smashing Pumpkins? Or maybe you just didn't want to work with that prick Billy Corgan. Either way, here's your chance to become a drummer for an awesome band with some cool dudes: Chiodos announced on their MySpace page that they are parting ways with their drummer of five years, Derrick Frost. The split was a mutual decision and was on good terms. The MySpace blog announcing the decision reads:

"After rocking together for nearly 5 years, we have decided to part ways with our drummer Derrick Frost. We've got nothing but love for the guy, we just feel it is the right move at this time as a band. Don't worry, there was no crazy drama or anything of the sort that needs everyone freaking out about. We are parting on good terms and are very thankful for the time and dedication the Derrick has given us and our fans over the past years. We send him our best wishes on whatever he pursues next and we know that you all will as well. We ask that you continue to support us as the bonded musicians that we still are as we continue to write new music and enjoy old tunes together. Because currently we are getting deep into writing a new record, and are beyond stoked to finish it up for all to hear!

See you on Warped Tour this summer! We are currently accepting submissions and holding tryouts for the drummer position of our band. If you are interested, please contact Bradley Bell @ bradleydbell@gmail.com. Only serious inquiries, with touring history, PLEASE.

Edit: From Craig's Twitter -
"everyone keeps asking me why? we thought we were clear in the blog but here it is - this was a mutual thing - musical differences.""

Suicide Silence Has Time To Announce Album

Suicide Silence, the deathcore metallers from California, are so busy making music that they have no time for trivial matters such as bleeding. Their upcoming album, No Time To Bleed, is slated for release on June 30 through Century Media Records. The tracklist has been confirmed by the band and is as follows: 

Tracklist for No Time To Bleed:
01. Wake Up
02. Lifted
03. Smoke
04. Something Invisible
05. No Time To Bleed
06. Suffer
07. …And Then She Bled
08. Wasted
09. Your Creations
10. Genocide
11. Disengage

Thursday, May 14, 2009


MSTRKRFT's "1,000 Cigarettes" seriously brings the noise. You can download it for free here: http://bit.ly/leyKT courtesy of NME.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

FREE Download: Backseat Goodbye

Backseat Goodbye if offering their album Dressed Up Like Dreams as a free download here: http://tinyurl.com/qewy8f

Not my favorite band, but it's free music!

Video Premiere: Taking Back Sunday

Check it out! This is the video for "Sink Into Me," my favorite single off of Taking Back Sunday's upcoming album New Again slated for release June 2.

Friday, May 8, 2009

First Listen: Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man's upcoming album The Satanic Satanist may be their best release to date. Due out July 21 on the band's on label Approaching AIRBalloons, I managed to catch a sneak preview with three tracks off the album:

01. People Say
02. Everyone Is Golden
03. Do You

The sound is a lot less dramatic than their usual singles, but rather more uplifting and almost Oasis-esque. John Gourley calls the new album a psychadelic infusion of his favorite artists like Pink Floyd, Mars Volta, and Led Zeppelin. Expect a lot more cheer and indie rock versusthe  experimental style they usually employ.

All three tracks have a larger than life sound that is perfect for the outdoor summer festival season that will be in full swing around the time of the album's release. Good thing the band has already been confirmed for Lollapalooza August 7-8 in Chicago, IL.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mastodon Tries To Crack The Silver Screen

Drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor of Mastodon told Billboard.com in an article published early this morning that the metal band met with an unnamed film director and "wrote out a screenplay that reads from song to song. We didn't storyboard it, but we wrote a screenplay." Apparently, three directors are interested in putting the project into production. 

"That's something that's cool about making concept records, that opportunity for more to be done, artistically. If you just had an album with a bunch of songs that didn't have anything to do with each other and there was no common thread, that aspect of the art wouldn't be there. But with [Crack the Skye], we have that possibility." Dailor said. 

However, the key factor in making this movie a reality is financing the project.

Video Premeire: Chimaira

Chimaira's "Destroy And Dominate" off their new album The Infection released April 21.

Chimaira - Destroy And Dominate

Leaked: 21st Century Breakdown

Listen to six tracks off of Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown  here.

Track List:
01. 21st Century Breakdown
02. 21 Guns
03. American Eulogy
04. Before The Lobotomy
05. East Jesus Nowhere
06. Restless Heart

I'm really liking the track "21 Guns," it's slow, melodic, and shows the softer side of Green Day. In this make-love-not-war song, Billy Joe Armstrong even reaches a little for the high notes and nails it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reznor's Ringfinger Gets Some Use

Trent Reznor announced his engagement to Mariqueen Maandig the vocalist for the LA rock band West Indian Girl over the weekend, thus dispelling any rumours that he is in fact an android and devoid of emotion. The couple first came out to the public for the premiere of Start Trek, and the announcement was made on West Indian Girl website on May 2 reading:

"in case u havent heard the news, mariqueen got engaged. everyone in the west indian girl camp is super excited and happy for her. q’s an awesome person, friend and bandmate and she couldnt be marrying a cooler guy. talk about analog and digital love - their kids might all have moogs for arms."

Trent Reznor took to his Twitter today to say this:

"BTW, thank you all for the kind words regarding my (formerly) private life. Being happy feels funny. I like!"

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Videos From Bamboozle 2009!

Above: Asher Roth performs "I Love College"
Above: LMFAO performs "I'm In Miami Bitch!"

Above: Journey Cover Band performs "Don't Stop Believin'"

Above: Journey Cover Band performs "Any Way You Want It"
Above: Journey Cover Band performs "Faithfully"

Pictures From Bamboozle 2009!

Click image to see a larger view.
Above: The Bloodhound Gang
Above: Look at the crowd at Asher Roth!
Above: LMFAO takes us to Miami, BITCH!
Above: Journey Cover Band (I never stopped believing!)
Above: Journey Cover Band
Above: GWAR

Above: Not really, I wish. I was killing time waiting for my train.
Above: My shirt after GWAR had their way with me.