Sunday, 13 December 2009

New albums in 2010!

As its coming to the end of what has been one of the most exciting years for music I thought it would be a good time to look at what's in store for 2010! Several bands reformed this year, prompting the diehards to metaphorically whack themselves off with excitement. Faith no More probably being the biggest band to come back to the live circuit, performing an impressive set at this years Download Festival, which in turn prompted the organisers of the Reading/Leeds Festivals to book Mike Patton and co. to headline the Radio One stage. Sadly there is no news of a new album on the horizon, as bassist Billy Gould has said they are looking to tour the US pretty soon.

Jacksonville Nu-metallers Limp Bizkit reformed at the arse end of 2008 with original guitarist Wes Borland in tow, fully confirming their intentions to tour again earlier this year. After annihilating the crowds at Donnington (and shutting up the haters) Freddy D and his band made it known that they were back and intended on releasing one hell of a new album. Despite their past critical slaughterings they have earned deep respect this year from their past enemeies. Most surprising of all was NiN mastermind Trent Reznor, who even posted a picture of the band during their Sonisphere set at Knebworth on the official NiN website that same day. Sid Wilson of Slipknot has commented recently its good to see that they have reformed (giving the hostility Corey Taylor aimed at Fred Durst for his 'businessman' attitude, discarding any musicianship the red capped one may or may not have had). After several months of silence from the Limp Bizkit camp as they hammered away in the studio the first details of the new album were leaked by the frontman himself.

"The name of the new Limp Bizkit album is Gold Cobra. We will slowly be revealing the meaning of the title over the next few weeks. Cobras are quite venomous. I wish it were a much longer, more ridiculous title, but Gold Cobra is as ridiculous as we're going to get right now"

Gold Cobra? Is he serious? Well, with wes back on board, and that this must be the oddest choice of title since 2000's 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water' (the last full release with Wes not including 2005's 'The Unquestionable Truth E.P' we can only hope that this latest album is more well received than 'Results May Vary' one of the worst reviewed albums EVER on leading reviewer website Metacritic. I didn't find it THAT bad tbf.

After me declaring their latest album 'Crack The Skye' one of the greatest albums of the past decade (If you haven't checked it out yet, don't make me punch you) Atlantan prog-metal titans Mastodon have wrote the score to 2010 blockbuster 'Jonah Hex' not much information has leaked as of now whether it will be released as a full studio album or something just to tie in with the film. All that is known for now is that it is 'really fucking heavy' according to sources.

Blowing the minds of Australian audiences for the last few years. Newcomers Karnivool are bringing their latest album 'Sound Awake' to the rest of the world in February, after crashing into the Australian charts at number 2 this past summer. I had the chance to witness their debut UK performance on their tour with Skindred in October and only one thing can be said about the progressive rockers: The UK has been seriously missing out.

Here's the one I'm waiting for impatiently. The 5th studio album from Boston rock titans Godsmack! They're currently in the studio recording for a scheduled March/April 2010 release.

Recently on Twitter, Welsh metalcore outfit Bullet for My Valentine announced they had finished the recording process for their new as yet untitled 3rd studio release. It is now currently in the mixing progress and should be out in the first quarter of 2010. It's understood that the band have chosen to release a more hard rock sounding album as opposed to their more metal style.

Little information has been released for these albums as of late. but we are due new releases by:

Adema (Back with original forntman Mark Chavez)
Avenged Sevenfold
Good Charlotte
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Linkin Park
Meat Loaf
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stone Sour
Sum 41

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Better Late than never: Rammstein - Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da

Internal conflict has always played a destructive part in some of today’s biggest rock bands. Who can forget Metallica’s 2004 film Some Kind of Monster where rage-infested drummer Lars Ulrich screamed the word f*** in the face of a calmly sat James Hetfield. Germany’s finest export Rammstein are no strangers to bust ups, having nearly called it a day after 2001’s smash hit Mutter. 2004’s Reise Reise and 2005’s Rosenrot seemed patchy at best to others and the future of the industrial sextet looked in serious doubt. You would never have guessed what problems affected Rammstein when seeing their live shows. More pyrotechnics and fireworks than your average Bonfire Night the band appear to have a lot of fun on stage (almost too much fun with props such as squirting dildo’s and frontman Till Linderman’s persistence to faux sodomize willing keyboardist Flake) Album number six Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Love Is For Everyone), once again sees them sadly on the brink of collapse in the wake of what could be their finest album yet. The lead single ‘Pussy’, with the chorus ‘you’ve got a pussy, I have a dick, so what’s the problem? Let’s do it quick’ should be more than enough to tell you what is in store on Liebe Ist Fur All De. Catchy yet never losing its industrial vibes dancing isn’t even an option, it’s a necessity. Although for those who have seen the music video may choose to engage in something else besides dancing. In their 15 years, Rammstein have never been a band to shy away from controversy, they downright revel in it. So it only seems natural that they cover such subject as sex tourism and on ‘Wiener Blut ‘ the notorious Josef Fritzl. The overall musicianship demonstrates that Rammstein have chose to shy away from their industrial roots in favour of a more in your face metal sound. Although heavier than its predecessors there are the odd lighter moments. The fanfare introduction of Waidmanns Heil and the acoustic driven ‘Freuhling in Paris’ to name such a few. Considering their reputation it will be interesting to see how these songs transpire on their UK tour in February, a spectacle you’d be as mad as Rammstein to miss as this is a record destined for great heights and would be a shame yet a fitting tribute to Rammstein’s legacy if it were to be their swansong

Top tracks: Rammlied, Pussy, Fruling In Paris, Waidmanns Hell

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Front Cover!

Just a quick design for my magazine cover. I'm more leaning towards using Mastodon as the cover star (that's if their management replies to my countless emails, I'm going to try until I annoy them that much they give me it hehe) Wouldn't mind some feedback on what I could change/add I know there's some issues with choice of colour and font (not really feeling the love for the font the magazine name's in, having some trouble installing Metallica font for the 'Metal' bit) but they can easily be solved.