ASHES dIVIDE is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Billy Howerdel. Music fans know him as the founding member and producer of A Perfect Circle who featured Tool’s Maynard James Keenan on vocals as well as members of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age and Marilyn Manson. Rather than simply rest on the multi-platinum success of...
Do you sometimes sit at home on a lonely night, letting your mind wander the sacred depths of your brain, and wonder, what happened to monumental southern rock?
In rock and roll music, heavy metal music or really any music for that matter, it seems to be that one of the most prominent challenges in an artist’s career is releasing their second record. The sophomore CD as it is referred to is tricky business; sometimes it turns out better and more popular than the first release but often times for whatever reason, it doesn’t catch on with fans.
Remember the good old days of thrash metal? You know, when Metallica was actually a good band? It seems like eons ago that ‘80s thrash metal was the new big thing, an era dominated by the likes of Slayer, Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Judas Priest. Despite the fact that most of these bands are still together, still touring and from time to time...
If music had weight, you might need some help getting Bury Your Dead’s CDs out of the store. Along with heavy, pulsating breakdowns, and music that has you bobbing your head front to back and side to side, BYD has a sound all to their own.
Enter Shikari has hit England’s music scene with hard driven breakdowns, dance worthy trance rhythms, and a sound all to their own. With two number one singles on the UK Rock Chart it isn’t so surprising that these guys have been known to deliver one of the best live rock shows - having been one of the only two unsigned bands to sell out the London Astoria.
Even though they seem to love to constantly fight with one another, there seems to be a certain chemistry among brothers when it comes to starting rock and roll bands. We saw it way back in the day with AC/DC before following to other popular acts such as Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis and Chevelle.
Neil Young is easily the most influential musician in Canadian history. Born in Toronto in 1945 to sports writer Scott Young and his wife, Rassy, he spent his childhood in Winnipeg before returning to Toronto as an adult. While living in Toronto, he played a wide variety of bars and coffee houses, primarily in the district that is now known as Yorkdale. At this time, Young signed a record contract with Motown as part of the Mynah Birds, which featured Rick James on vocals. The contract, however, fell through in 1966 when James was arrested for draft evasion. Shortly afterwards, Young ventured to Los Angeles with the Mynah Birds’ bassist, Bruce Palmer, to try and establish a career in music. Upon arriving in LA, they formed a band called Buffalo Springfield alongside fellow musicians Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin.
“It’s not like the soccer moms are going to dig it either way,” Johno Brown states very matter-of-a-factly. But what do the soccer mom’s dig? Last time I checked the only music they hear is Nickelback pumping through the speakers of their sleek and shiny SUV’s. So it only makes sense that a band as complex and experimental as...
A common, albeit historically dangerous rock and roll career move over the last few decades has been the solo album. When I say solo album, I’m not talking about musicians who have always made their living as a solo artist a la Beck or Trent Reznor, but rather artists who have grown to superstardom as part of huge mainstream bands who...
"Because I'm stubborn," Tom Gabel openly and easily admits about half way through our conversation. We chatted about a number of topics mainly concerning his too-good-to-be-true 10 year old punk rock-'n-folk entity, Against Me!.
Take Fall Out Boy, strip away the endorsements and internet nudity, and add the ability to produce music that steers clear of those glossy break up songs and you have the New Jersey heroes known as Bedlight For Blue Eyes. Apologies to FOB and all their fans, credit is to be given to a group who can avoid the overpowering shadow of the pop/punk bandwagon.
Approximately seven years ago Graham Wright (Singer/keyboardist of Tokyo Police Club) dreamt of being in a band. So much so that he was willing to do the indescribable to get there. No, not audition for the next episode of Making the Band, but, he was willing to dig through someone else’s trash. No, Really.
Supergroup: “A term used to describe music groups composed of members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists.” The term supergroup, more specifically rock and roll supergroup, has existed now since about the late 1960s. The term started to become frequently used when David Crobsy...
With their rookie year on the Trustkill line up, Atlanta's gritty post-hardcore boys come full strength with their debut album to rock the underground scenes. Offering nothing but hard-hitting rock fused with spacey post-hardcore riffs, City Sleeps is already marking their territory with an album that hasn't even dropped yet. Hardcore dedication and the talent to write an album with no label backing, shows that true rock n' roll is still alive!
If we’re going to talk about the roots of today’s hard rock/punk rock/metal music, it’s imperative to go back and look at three bands specifically; the forefathers of punk and alternative rock The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash. These three bands were all prevalent from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s and what was most groundbreaking about them was not just their music, but their attitude and their message. The Sex Pistols were a no holds barred, down and dirty group of hard drinking, hard living Englishmen that really encompassed the “just don’t give a fuck” attitude that has become so famous in punk rock music.
The greater Toronto area of the province of Ontario in Canada has had some great success delivering prominent alternative rock bands over the last decade. First there was Finger Eleven (formerly The Rainbow Butt Monkeys) from Burlington, Ontario who have gone onto big success scoring top forty hits even in the United States.
Remember the good old days of '90s alternative rock? Well of course you do, unless you're way too young or you grew up under a rock (no pun intended), who could forget the 1990s, the decade of flannel shirts and teen spirit. Not since the 1970s has a decade produced such a quantity and such a quality of hard rock and alternative music.
It is impossible to find a band nowadays who isn't trying to put across a certain message. Whether it is love, friendship, heartbreak or basically any human emotion, you can find bands writing about it. But very few bands come along and deliver a message of self-reliance and empowerment, and deliver it with a hard hitting and passionate album to back it up.
An actuality of today’s rock, metal and music scene in general is how generic the mainstream has become. Day after day, we are flooded with bands that sound almost exactly the same as one another, so much so you might think some record company people found a method of cloning the same four members of a rock group over and over again.