Video of the Day: Faceculture Sits Down with CARCASS’ Bill Steer

Not sure how many of you are familiar with the excellent music zine, Faceculture, based in the Netherlands.  They cover a wide range of non-mainstream and some mainstream music.  What I enjoy most about them is their insightful and candid band interviews.  Check out their recent video interview with CARCASS guitar god Bill Steer.  They discuss the entire history of the band and the details of their comeback.  Very cool stuff.

Thank You, Tommy Ramone

As you may have heard, the legendary Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at age 65.  He had been battling cancer.  Tommy is the final original member of the RAMONES to pass away.

Aside from the band’s first three albums, you can gain great insight into Tommy and the rest of the band in the excellent documentary, End of the Century.  The trailer is below.

Those first couple albums changed my life as a teenager.  In the middle of all the aggro and gloom I was listening to at the time, the RAMONES showed me that I could smile and be happy while listening to something heavy and fast.  Another life lesson that I learned back then was that if the music isn’t catchy, memorable, and real, forget about it.  Tommy, thanks for the timeless music and for keeping the rest of the guys together when they went over the deep end.  Nice guys can finish first.

Video of the Day: ARMAGEDDON is Playing Death Metal Again

Do you remember the first time you heard ARMAGEDDON‘s Crossing the Rubicon?  So awesome and it still holds up to this date.  Then do you remember listening to the band after band leader/guitarist Chris Amott took over on vocals and they went on the prog rock/metal path?  So after a long hiatus and his exit from ARCH ENEMY, Chris Amott has resurrected ARMAGEDDON and now, they’re playing death metal again.

Check out their lyric video for the song “Captivity & Devourment“:

Pretty damn good!

Versus: SEPULTURA and Max Cavalera Cover CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI

In an interesting twist to the SEPULTURA saga, the band recently released their music video for their cover of CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI‘s “Da Lama Ao Caos.”  Guitarist Andreas Kisser is on lead vocals.  The cover also appears on the band’s latest album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart.

Interestingly enough, Max Cavalera, following his resignation from SEPULTURA, covered the same song albeit with NAÇÃO ZUMBI 18 years earlier.  It should be noted that SOULFLY‘s first lead guitarist was actually NAÇÃO ZUMBI’s Jackson Bandeira.

Both covers are interesting for many different reasons and it’s likely a coincidence that both parties covered the same song, which undoubtedly is a well known song by a well known Brazilian band.

“Our relationship with NAÇÃO ZUMBI is very cool,”  commented guitarist Andreas Kisser. “When SEPULTURA was starting to use Brazilian percussion, CHICO SCIENCE was emerging at the same time, doing almost the opposite. While we were incorporating Brazilian music into the weight of heavy metal, they were adding the weight of rock guitars into the unique sounds of Pernambuco’s regional music. The song ‘Da Lama Ao Caos’ is an example of that.”

SEPULTURA version:

Max Cavalera with NAÇÃO ZUMBI version:

Video of the Day: Watch ALLEGAEON Take the Piss

One of the best bands from the green state of Colorado, ALLEGAEON, have a new album coming soon, Elements of the Infinite.  If you follow the band on social media, you’ll know that they are hilarious and know when not to take themselves seriously.  Check out their new video for “1.618,” in which they figuratively take the piss and literally take a piss.  There’s a lot of truth to the points they bring up.  Haha.

Song of the Day: The Brilliance of Marty Friedman and Jørgen Munkeby

The new Marty Friedman album, Inferno, comes out on May 27, 2014 and there is a great track which features SHINING (NO)’s Jørgen Munkeby on saxophone and vocals.  It’s funny though, anyone who tries to match shredding with Marty usual loses.  Check out the track, “Meat Hook“:

Jørgen and Marty explain how the collaboration came about:

Song of the Day: THE OATH May Be the next GHOST

Extreme metal legend, Lee Dorian, has hit quite a few homeruns with his label, Rise Above Records, particularly with GHOST.  Well, it looks like he has another superstar band in the making with THE OATH.  Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis teamed up to write some excellent classic metal with a dark feel.

Check out the song, “All Must Die,” from their debut full-length, The Oath, which is out now.

Video of the Day: IMMORTAL’s Abbath Tears It Up with MOTORHEAD Tribute Band

Big time IMMORTAL nerds are aware that vocalist/guitarist Abbath also has a side project called BOMBERS.  The band is a great tribute to classic MOTORHEAD with Abbath doing the best impersonation of Lemmy possible.  Pretty awesome that BOMBERS has been around since ’96 and is still playing shows.

Check out this clip from a show they did in 2011.  They run through “No Class,” “Killed by Death,” “Jailbait,” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)“:

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2014 Show Report

The month of January brings excitement to the City of Anaheim every year, and the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 show is no exception!  Let’s cut to the chase this year!  A few highlights of the gazillions of musical instruments and gadgets are found below…enjoy!
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