From Deftones to Team Sleep and alas Crosses, the man with an air gasping very soothing tenor voice Chino Moreno couldn’t stop showing his exceptional talent. The side project has been launched by giving away a free five track extend play that you can download below. Crosses featured Far guitarist Shaun Lopez that makes the sound collides so there’s a similarity with Moreno’s previous side project Team Sleep. The band also wrote a song for Batman: Arkham City‘s official soundtrack, The View. Reports tell us that this release will be followed with a dozen or more songs already recorded.
It’s the end of R.E.M. as we know them, and according to the band’s website – they feel fine.
Though the band has been relatively off the radar in recent years, the split still came as a surprise to many as guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and vocalist Michael Stipe just released their 15th album Collapse Into Now.
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” Get a further read of the remaining members’ individual take on the split here.
Considered to be one of the forefathers of the alternative genre, the American rock band who started out as four childhood friends from Athens, Georgia decided to finally pack up after 31 years of creating their enigmatic brand of music. As with all great bands, they’ve started from underground status (garnering nods for their 1983 debut album Murmur) transcending to Rolling Stone’s “America’s Best Rock & Roll Band” of 1987 (gaining mainstream notice via their Document album with hits The One I Love and It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine.)) After signing on to major label Warner Bros in 1988, they were able to produce Orange Crush, Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People and Everybody Hurts that received massive radio airplay and heavy MTV rotation. Their success without necessarily selling out breakthrough has paved the way for other post-punk groups such as Nirvana, Pavement and Live.
They did have their fair share of critical and commercial duds though, but most fans believe everything went downhill after the departure of drummer Bill Berry in 1997 and the remaining trio never rescaled their initial greatness. Nevertheless, their era-defining legacy is more than enough to seal their iconic status in rock history and continue to inspire young, fledgling bands for generations to come.
R.E.M will release a compilation album scheduled for release in November 2011.
Words: Reynell Bungay
Carlos Cruz, drummer of Los Angeles thrashers Warbringer, speaks with DJ JC Green of Heavy Metal Thunder radio.
HMT: What can you tell about the album?
Carlos Cruz: As far as the line up goes I think the band has the strongest line up coming up and the record itself musically captured the best elements from Warbringer’s first and 2nd record. There’s a traditional straight ahead thrash metal song that we have on there, more technical stuff and then death metal elements. The second half of the album takes a new color, the band goes to a new territory musically. The best one that will come out! LISTENTOTHEINTERVIEW
Worlds Torn Asunder will the hit the streets on Sept 27
Adrien Begrand of MSN‘s Headbang caught up with Anthrax guitarist and founding member Scott Ian to slay words about the new record coming out tomorrow the 13th. Check out some excerpts from the chat below.
Headbang: So how much of a relief is it to finally see this record coming out?
Scott Ian: It’s definitely satisfying, just after having put so much time and work and effort. Almost four years of our lives went into this record. Having worked so hard, to finally have it coming out is satisfying.
Headbang: How much of a strain was that whole period where you went from Joey singing, to Dan Nelson, to John Bush, and back to Joey?
Scott Ian: It was definitely interesting. [laughs] I guess I can look back on it now and say it was like a series of tests we needed to pass in order to be able to graduate and finish our album. That’s kind of how we look at it now. When you’re in it, of course it was definitely daunting at some point and certainly frustrating, but music kept us going, and we knew there was a right way out of the tunnel that we were stuck in for a little bit. We just needed to find that way and that was basically asking Joey to rejoin the band at the beginning of 2010. Everything’s seemed to be going in the right direction ever since. READ FULL
It is funny that people have a lot to say about bands they barely listen to, that’s the reality out there! Whenever I see a dude that has this crazy emo pandemic hairstyle I get angry just because of that simple thing. So include me on the list and you too! No washing of hands I mean we are guilty about it, as always we wanted to have the last word voiced out. Puscifer formerly known as Umlaut, finally debuted the video for ‘Man Overboard’ after releasing the track on July 19. You can find it below see it for yourself, criticize or whatnot. In my opinion I think its smart that you could imagine the video by just listening to it that’s how powerful Maynard James Keenan is. Play it and be the captain of your own thoughts.
From the new album “Conditions Of My Parole” out on October 18 via Puscifer Entertainment.
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I will start it with this interview via Austria’s Mulatschag TV. Come on check it out! Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt talks about his family, tour, becoming the metal Bono and possibly doing a solo album. Its very interesting to hear something light, something you wouldn’t expect to hear from this guy! Especially knowing how does Opeth sound and I must say he didn’t scare me at all if you know what I mean. I always look forward to hearing Opeth’s tragic melancholy rhythm with dark suffocation in the shadow. They’re great! definitely one of the best Swedish bands – most respected progressive metallers.
New album ‘Heritage‘ will be in stores on September 20 through Roadrunner Records. The cd was produced by the band’s frontman, Mikael Åkerfeldt, recorded at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Brainstormed with Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE), Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork.
02. The Devil’s Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
08. The Lines In My Hand
10. Marrow Of The Earth
Special-Edition Digipack CD/DVD
As above plus additional DVD including:
* Bonus audio tracks: “Pyre” and “Face In The Snow”
* 5.1 mix of the whole album
* “Making of the album” documentary
* Card to download the bonus tracks
* Limited-edition OPETH coin (until stocks last)
Oh no here it is again I need to know when I will fall into decay! That’s right fellas we have to extend our patience more and more since new album Dark Adrenaline has been pushed back from October to early 2012. But the band thought releasing a new track wouldn’t hurt at all and they’re right about it! Lacuna Coil have summoned a new song ‘Trip The Darkness’ that will be released digitally on October 17. Co-vocalist Andrea Ferro told Revolver Magazine about what could fans expect from it, “We have different kinds of songs — some are pretty heavy with a really powerful groove and some killer riffs, some have a darker vibe a bit more in our traditional style, and some others are more anthemic. In my opinion, it’s a great collection of metal and rock songs. “When asked if the band is trying anything different with the material this time around, Ferro said, “There’s a variety of moods; some things which are new, and some which sound like more traditional LACUNA COIL. We were experimenting with the previous album and we learned a lot from that about what is the essence of our ‘sound.’ We usually never repeat the same record, and that will again be the case this time around. It’s 100 percent a LACUNA COIL album, with the benefit of some great inspiration during the songwriting process.” While we anticipate the album due next year fans could hitch by watching shows along the road of their native country Italy.
The ever faithful beast-like hardcore act from Los Angeles will be launching ‘Defining the Faith’ DVD in addition to the special deluxe reissue of their latest CD, ‘Keepers of the Faith’. Terror visited Manila in support of their album 6 months ago. That night was one of the dopest gigs that blasted out and left Center for Arts wobbly. ‘Defining the Faith’ features a full live set composed of three different shows of the band in three different places highlighting their European festival. These live performances were filmed at the following concerts – Mach1 festival in Montabaur (June 24), Cafe Central in Weinheim (June 28), and Essigfabrik in Köln (June 29).
Defining The Faith out on All Saints Day
01. Stick Tight
02. Out Of My Face
03. One With The Underdogs
04. Push it Away
05. Never Alone
06. Lowest Of The Low
08. Spit My Rage
09. Always The Hard Way
10. Keep Your Mouth Shut
11. Hell And Back
12. Life & Death
13. You’re Caught
14. Your Enemies Are Mine
16. Keepers Of The Faith