Posts tagged pantera
Posts tagged pantera
Alright, I’m ready to say it, even though I sort of like talking trash: I’m bored by all the media coverage of Dave Mustaine. UG.com ran an article today detailing “The 6 Most Controversial” of the Megadeth frontman’s comments, and frankly, I’ve had enough. So! With that being said, and my viking face paint still on my face from yesterday’s Paganfest: Chicago, let’s delve into some more interesting music news.
• “Metalocalypse Season 4 To Premiere This Month”
If you haven’t yet tired of Nathan Explosion & Friends’ antics, celebrate heavy metal culture right by tuning into the comedy powerhouse which will begin its new 12-episode season April 29 on Adult Swim.
• PHIL ANSELMO CREATES DOWNLOAD-ABLE RINGTONES
Pantera singer and Down frontman has released a series of ringtones that fans can download in an effort that Metal Sucks commentator Axl Rosenberg calls “a fairly brilliant idea.” To be sure, both his speaking and singing voice are some of the most recognizable in all of metal. While audio samples of the ten ringtones have yet to be released, a press release confirmed that “charges apply per ringtone.”
• CHRIS CORNELL: NEW SOUNDGARDEN TUNE NOT LIKE REST OF THE ALBUM
According to KISW-The Pulse of Radio (based out of Seattle), Chris Cornell said that fans should not think of the band’s newly released single “Live to Rise,” which was featured on “ soundtrack, as an indication of what the rest of the group’s new recording will sound like. Cornell explained, “Some of the songs on our new album are pretty far left of center, and sort of zero in on a more hardcore Soundgarden fan… Although [‘Live to Rise’] is not really what I think of as a necessarily family-friend song, but it’s as cose as we’ve ever come.” The new album, which will be the band’s first fresh material since 1996, is due out this fall.
• ‘FLYING COLORS’ FIRST WEEK SALES REVEALED
The self-titled debutfrom prog/pop/metal rock band formed by Mike Portnoy and guitarist Steve Morse is reported to have sold 6,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 81 on the Billboard 200 chart. In addition to Portnoy and Morse, Flying Colors also features Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals) and Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar). Portnoy told Audio Ink Radio, “I think if most people looked at this band on a piece of paper, they would think that it would be very progressive and instrumentally-based music, but I think once we started playing together, we got taken into all new directions.” Adrenaline Mob’s “Omerta” (one of Portnoy’s other side projects) sold around 6,600 copies in the US in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200.
• MOSHING NOT ALLOWED AT HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON
Following a Feb. 21 performance by Celtic-punk rockers Flogging Molly, HOB-B was cited for safety violations, according to punknews.org. Police claim that “60 concertgoers” engaged in an “aggressive mosh pit dance.” No injuries were reported, but authorities say security should have intervened.
Looks like there’s no consideration for the mosh-pit brotherhood here.
• BILLY CORGAN: ‘MY GENERATION WAS OVERTAKEN BY POSEURS’
In a recent SXSW interview, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman made some rather damning criticisms of the new generation of rockers, saying:
[Artists now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal… Not to be respected- not to be dangerous… Don’t call it rock and roll… I was part of a generation that changed the world - and it was taken over by poseurs.
Come on, Bill. Really? There’s always been artists that are in the game just for money or fame’s sake (The Monkees, anyone? Too soon?). “Your generation” is no different.
• GENE SIMMONS TO OPEN ROCK & BREWS RESTAURANT CHAIN
Nope, these guys aren’t done “selling out” yet. After recently attending the grand opening of a KISS-themed mini golf outfit, marketing genius Simmons is at it again. The KISS bassist plans to open the rock’n’roll eatery first in the beach community of El Segundo, CA, but other locations in the works include one at LAX, as well as Denver, Atlanta, Maui, Tokyo and Los Cabos, Mexico. Looks like one could be coming to your area soon!
YNGWIE’S “BLINDFOLDED” MUSIC TEST
Here’s a funny little gem I found lurking around MetalSucks.com today. Back in ‘94, Guitar World apparently administered a “blindfold test” to Yngwie Malmsteen, in which they played him a slew of songs without telling him the artists behind the sound. Yngwie’s comments are nothing short of comic gold:
Listening to Metallica, Malmsteen praised Ulrich as “a great drummer,” humbly asserting that, “I’m not saying I influenced [Metallica], but maybe I did.” He accused Kirk Hammett’s solos of being the “anticlimax” of the song: “I don’t think that he plays with musicality, or plays in tune.”
Discussing Pantera, Malmsteen described Phil Anselmo’s vocals as saying he “couldn’t find enough words to describe my disgust.” Per the singer’s style, “It sounds like somebody is either shoving something up the vocalist’s ass, or something is coming out of his ass and his mouth at the same time.”
He claimed that Dream Theater was “by far, one of the best bands to come out recently,” but hated drummer Mike Portnoy, whose “choice of beats is terrible” and “[has] obviously listened to too much Neal Peart over the years and needs to take a Valium.”
He thought that Death sucked altogether. Said Malmsteen, “The singer sounds like he’s sitting on a toilet seat, pushing a big one. I can’t stand it!… Also, the production is awful; sounds like the song was recorded on a Fostex 4-track.”
As Axl Rosenberg writes, “We’ve all said things in the past that we probably regret, but we don’t all have those things republished eighteen years later for everyone to laugh at.” Good call, Axl. We certainly don’t.
Evanescence Returns, Its Official!
Jani Lane Dead
Former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead Thursday morning, an overdose is rumored to be the cause of his death. FRET12 extends our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Mushroomhead Off The Drugs
Jeffrey Nothing, the haunting voice behind Cleveland’s pioneering alterna-metal collective Mushroomhead, has signed with Suburban Noize Records. Nothing will release his debut solo album, ‘Nothing - The New Psychodalia,’ through the label in October.
Slash and Mary J…A Dream Combo?
The duo just started recording together…no idea why? Either way it could be cool!
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