01. End Of The Beginning
02. God Is Dead?
05. Age Of Reason
06. Live Forever
07. Damaged Soul
08. Dear Father
DISCLAIMER: This track by track review was written as a one time run through listen of the new album at the exclusive listening event in L.A.. This is not definitive nor refined. A more cohesive review of the album will be released when it is available.
Now that we have that out of the way, let us explore this sensational piece of heavy metal history. 13 is the first new Black Sabbath album since 1995′s Forbidden, the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die!, and the first with Geezer Butler since 1994′s Cross Purposes. In the current age where comebacks have been a growing trend, few others have me more excited than the return of Black Sabbath with Ozzy on vocals (though it’s sad that Bill Ward will not be on the album, who was replaced by Rage Against The Machine/ex-Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk). With so much controversy and disagreements conflicting their highly publicized reunion that was shown last year, things were put off to a point where it seemed like things might never work out. Thankfully, they did.
02. Get Up
04. Just A Beautiful Day
05. I Don’t Care
06. You Wear Me Down
07. Type Of Girl
08. Always Away
10. Don’t Do This
11. The Masochist
12. I Believed In God
13. I Believed In God (Reprise)
[Bad Taste Records/ Aquarius Records]
In every metal-head’s life, there was a time when we listened to accessible music albeit classic rock on prime-time radio or the pop stars that our young minds were susceptible to. We all started with commercial and arena friendly jams and whether you’ve abandoned that kind of music completely, revisit it for nostalgia’s sake or you simply still enjoy it like a lot of us used to it still exists. While commercial music still has plenty of innovative and legendary bands such as Muse and TheFoo Fighters respectively, there is a lot of rock and roll that just won’t stay dead. The AC/DC‘s, Metallica‘s, Aerosmith‘s and Kiss‘ of the world have long overstayed their welcome for the sake of monetization while not bringing anything new to the table. They take a lot of spotlight from bands who are the least bit interesting and fun. Enter Danko Jones, a Canadian hard rock three-piece that beckon a refreshing take on vanilla rock music.
I love Enslaved (you can read my review of their new album RIITIIRhere), and everything they do attracts my attention. For no apparent reason, they got on a Norwegian talk show, and performed a cover of my favorite Led Zeppelin song, ‘Immigrant Song’. Funnily enough, they do it in a way so that it is both very faithful and also very Enslaved. It’s quite weird, but glorious. Check it out above.
In other Enslaved video news, the band have unveiled their new video for the single ‘Thoughts Like Hammers’ in conjunction with Scion A/V. It’s basically just shots of water and stuff, but whatever works, right?
Enslaved’s new album RIITIIR is out now on Nuclear Blast!
Man, I just love Arjen Lucassen’s latest offering, Lost in the New Real. It’s a near perfect album with some of the strongest personality you will ever hear on a disc. One of the strongest tracks on the record is ‘Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin,’ a richly layered and poppy rock song that draws influences from, well, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. It’s right there in the title.
As anyone who has already heard the song could expect, the video is a psychedelic trip through lots of cheesy and seemingly drug influenced landscapes. It’s a cheesy video no doubt, more of an throw back to videos of old than anything else, really. You can check out the video below. Cheers!
03. Punishment For All
04. Fire, The Savior From Plague
05. Ashes Of The Future
06. When The Angels Fall
07. Under The Snow I
08. Under The Snow II
09. Under The Snow III
I have gotten pretty involved with black metal over the past year, and it has quickly become the genre I turn to when I want to listen to something really heavy, but without breakdowns and terribly clichéd lyrics about the movie Kids. I love discovering new black metal acts, especially the foreign ones, because they always seem to have a different aura to them. So lo and behold, I stumbled upon Morok, the debut from a sextet of Ukrainian guys who released their debut album on the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and while the release date was obviously calculated to line up with the disaster, the music on it was—to say the least—less so.
01. The New Real
02. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
03. Parental Procreation Permit
04. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four
06. Don’t Switch Me Off
07. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home
08. Yellowstone Memorial Day
09. Where Pigs Fly
10. Lost In The New Real
Lost in the New Real is the new musical project from Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the Dutch musician behind such hefty projects as Star One and the mother-ship of modern prog, Ayreon. Arjen is a busy-bee sort of musician, and Lost in the New Real comes out to be his fourth album in the same amount of years, but it’s a project that has been hinted at for almost a decade. After his less than successful run as a solo musician under the Anthony moniker, Lucassen decided to pursue different avenues with his music, and with that came Ayreon and his various side projects. However, with the Ayreon story having come to an end it was time for a change, and for the past few years Lucassen has been experimenting with new projects once again. With Lost in the New Real, Arjen delivers a torrent of progressive music that ventures into fresh territory, but at the same time harkens back to the sound and style fans have been familiar with for years.
It’s always a treat to hear a promising young band release their debut album with such hype and acclaim and completely follow through, starting their careers with an enthusiastic sprint out of the gate. The Safety Fire‘s debut album Grind The Ocean is already one of the best releases we’ve heard this year, and if they’re this strong as it is now, then these British prog/tech metallers have the potential to be giants in the genre in a few years time. While out on their first ever American tour alongside Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis, and Today I Caught The Plague, Noyan caught up with The Safety Fire in their Baltimore stop to talk to guitarist Derya “Dez” Nagle about the tour, their humble origins, and their debut album Grind The Ocean, out now on InsideOut Music.
So, your new album is out. How’s the reaction from the fans so far? How’s the tour?
It’s been amazing so far. Being the first time we came out to USA, we didn’t know what to expect; so to come out to shows and see people knowing the songs is a massive thing for us. We had no idea that there’d be such a positive reaction. Also, people who didn’t know us turned around and getting into the music and having comments like, “Wow, I never heard you before but now I’m buying the album,” from seeing us live is amazing. It’s been great so far.
So, you guys dropped onto the international scene out of nowhere, so what’s your story? You guys are kind of an enigma.
The band started literally when we all got our instruments at 15, and it’s been the same lineup since then. We progressed in an oldschool fashion like bands like Deftones and Alice in Chains kind of thing where high school friends become bands. That’s what we are, instead of finding other musicians with the same color that then make a band, we developed altogether. It was a long process. The band as The Safety Fire kind of started maybe in like 2006 or 2007 when we started to write music kind of in the style of what we write now.
The cover itself is fantastic, and is exactly what a cover should be — a re-imagining of sorts in the covering artists’ own distinct style. I’m by no means a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but Karen O’s vocals on this track fit quite well. It makes me want to imagine a more aggressive How To Destroy Angels EP with her behind the mic. While we’re on the subject, the soundtrack also features a cover from How To Destroy Angels, Bryan Ferry‘s “Is Your Love Strong Enough.” You can stream that after the jump.
Before I start I wanted to take a moment to formally introduce myself. I am Tentaclesworth, a Canadian metal hipster who likes all kinds of music. We can be buds if you don’t like Cannibal Corpse. I look forward to writing for you guys.
So I have this running list of things I want to see certain bands and musicians do. I try and think of all the unconventional collaborations, songs stylings and covers that would be really interesting (or at least interesting to me.), and I’m interested to hear if anyone has anything to add?
I mean, the possibilities are endless. I have always wanted to see a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Black Dog” by Jack White. I think Jack White would kill that song, and although this subject is about subjective as it gets, you can really dabble in this kind of thinking and perhaps it will lead you to something quite like what you had in mind.
For example, I was playing bass one day and I had it all cool sounding and distorted. I then realized how capable the bass was at making catchy melodies and sounding very awesome with distortion. I wanted to hear bass as a lead instrument. After some research I discovered a two-piece dance/punk outfit called Death From Above 1979. They have a bassist/ keyboard player and a drummer/vocalist. Safe to say, I was quite satisfied. It was exactly what I was looking for.