Jason “J-Sin” Luttrell was the vocalist of Primer 55, the celebrated nu metal based in Louisville, Kentucky. Jason or “J-Sin” was the vocalist of the band from 1997–2003 and then came back for a short period of time in 2007. However, after only three weeks of touring J-Sin was forced to exit the band due to poor performances and costly antics caused by continued drug and alcohol addictions that would eventually land him in rehab. As of August 10th, Jason was in the ICU at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto in Southhaven, Mississippi. At around 10:00 AM Central time a relative of the singer stated “As most of you know Jason has been sick for a long time. He is currently in the ICU at Baptist Desoto and is not expected to make it through the day. They are making him as comfortable as possible at the moment.” As of 8:31 PM Central time J-Sin has passed away, our deepest condolences are with his family, friends and band mates past and present. Continue reading
City Of Industry is a hardcore punk band that was formed in 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The band is a three piece comprised of Jack Thompson on bass, Mauro Contreras on drums and rounding out the band John Suede on guitar and vocals. Though City Of Industry was just formed last year they have wasted no time getting material out to fans. In December of last year they released their debut EP and the band has now released their follow up titled ‘American Habits Are Hard To Break’ on July 27, 2018. ‘American Habits Are Hard To Break’ was recorded and mixed by Jon Lervold at Big Name Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The band notes Coke Bust, Converge, Ceremony, Iron Lung, and Despise You as some of their biggest influences. Though you can easily hear the bands hardcore and punk styles meld together within their music you can also hear touches of the crust punk genre throughout their songs as well.
Formed in late 2012, Dope Default are a stoner/heavy rock’n’roll band from Thessaloniki, Greece, influenced by artists such as Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet and Planet of Zeus. While the band has an array of influences ranging from grunge to stoner rock their wheel house seems to be centered around hard rock. They do include elements of stoner rock within their music, but unlike most grunge they truly showcase riffs and solos throughout their music. They released their debut EP, ‘Nuclear Honeymoon’, in 2015, to favorable reviews by fans and press alike. Like most modern era bands Dope Default has solidered through several lineup changes, and have continued on with their passion to create music for fans around the world. They released their sophomore EP, ‘Tales From the Wasteland’, in 2017 and have now released their debut full length ‘Ofrenda’. The album released March 3rd, 2018 and was recorded at Ypoga Studios in Thessaloniki, Greece. The band has toured extensively, which has not only made their stage presence more superior but also better prepared them for the studio and releasing what is likely their best release yet.
Coming straight out of Tulsa, Oklahoma The Agony Scene was formed in 2000. Inspired by bands like Zao and Overcome the band set out as a three piece, but soon added a fourth member to round out the band. The band released three albums, beginning with their self-titled album in 2003 on Solid State Records. The majority of bands on the Solid State label were Christian bands; However, The Agony Scene in a later interview explained they were not a Christian band. followed up by ‘The Darkest Red’ on Roadrunner Records, and ‘Get Damned’ on Century Media Records om 2007. It wasn’t long after that album’s release that vocalist Mike Williams confirmed on October 8, 2008, that the band had broken up early in that year. After 8 years the band decided it was time to put The Agony Scene back together and in August of 2016 they announced plans to tour and release a new full length album. The band has now released that album titled ‘Tormentor’, as July 20, 2018 via Outerloop Records. Continue reading
*This is part of our “Louder Than Life 2018 Spotlight” series where we focus on some of the up-and-coming bands that fans can see at this year’s Louder Than Life Festival on Sept. 28th-30th. This week, we’re checking out Monster Magnet.*
1989 marks the year of birth of New Jersey’s spacerock legends Monster Magnet. Though this band isn’t one of the headliners of this years festival they have put in their time and are veterans of the rock and metal world. They have likely put in more hours on stage than most of the other early acts combined. The bands first demos titled ‘Forget About Life, I’m High on Dope’ and ‘I’m Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?’ should pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the band, but there is much more you should know. The band released their official debut album ‘Spine Of God’ on Caroline Records in 1991 which became a full on genre classic literally in an instant. If you were ever looking for some stoner space rock look no further than the originators; Monster Magnet. Frontman Dave Wyndorf has expertly piloted the band through an asteroid belt of lineup changes and health scares, substance abuse and public opinion, emerging as something of a stoner rock elder statesman. The drug hazed heavy sound of the releases helped in cementing Monster Magnet‘s reputation of being the only legit descendants of the likes of psychedelic and stoner rock Godfathers Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, and their electrifying punk siblings in MC5.
Queens Of The Stone Age
It seems like the weekend had flown by when my alarm went off Sunday morning. With the majority of the festival weekend behind us it was kind of sad knowing this would be the last day of Rebellion until 2019, because you know at this point we have to go regardless of the lineup, it’s just great being surrounded by like minded metal heads. We all have our favorite days of the festival based on the lineup for the day. Sunday just happened to be the day I was most excited about. Personally for me I was stoked to see Mutoid Man, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, The Fever 333, Queens Of The Stone Age, Billy Idol, and Thrice. There is a little bit of everything in Sunday’s lineup. You have nostalgic acts from totally different generations. Like Billy Idol who started his career in the mid to late 70’s, then you have Incubus who was legends in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Then you have Greta Van Fleet who are playing music that sounds like it’s straight from the 70’s but the majority of the members of the band aren’t even drinking age yet. The Fever 333 is also a new band who has been taking stages hostage and demanding attention. Baroness are a band that has flew under the radar for a lot of people but have been a keeping prog and sludge alive since their formation in 2003. Sunday was a day to show praise for all that is hard rock and heavy metal.
Louisville, Kentucky’s nu-metal heroes Flaw have been dominating stages since before the release of their debut ‘Through The Eyes’ in 2001. The band is now revived and better than ever. Their comeback release ‘Divided We Fall’ proves the band hasn’t lost their touch. Chris Volz and the band have led the charge of a nu-metal resurgence over the past two years. Flaw have toured relentlessly playing both as a supporting act and as a headliner and even made numerous festival appearances including back to back performances at Louder Than Life in their hometown and also Ink In The Clink. Still on the heels of their full length release the band has now finished up a companion EP to ‘Divided We Fall’ and it’s titled ‘United We Stand’. The 6 track EP includes 4 brand new tracks and two live tracks. Both live songs are from the ‘Through The Eyes’ album and include “Payback” and “Only The Strong”. The EP was released September 1st via Pavement Entertainment. We spoke with Chris last September which you can see video interview here. Continue reading
*This is part of our “Louder Than Life 2018 Spotlight” series where we focus on some of the up-and-coming bands that fans can see at this year’s Louder Than Life Festival on Sept. 28th-30th. This week, we’re checking out GWAR.*
One of the biggest surprises on this years Louder Than Life lineup for me was Gwar. These space aliens from Richmond, Virginia by way of another galaxy. In the past few years the band has seen some major changes when founder and vocalist Oderus Urungus / Dave Brockie passed away in 2014. Micheal Bishop aka Blothar stepped up and took over the vocal duties. He previously was in the band as bassist Beefcake the Mighty from 1987 –1993, and 1998–1999. Since their formation in 1984 the band has released 14 albums, comic books, trading cards, a board game, signature beers, barbecue sauces, e-liquids and in recent years even opened a restaurant and bar in Richmond simply called Gwarbar. ‘The Blood of Gods’ (2017) being their most recent album. Gwar also hosts and headlines their own yearly festival called Gwar-B-Q which has seen performances from acts like Goatwhore, Clutch, Down, Cancer Bats, and many others. Continue reading
Joey Jordison is most well known as one of the founding members of Slipknot. From 1995–2013 Joey was the bands man behind the kit showing off his powerful playing style every night and most often their sets included a drum solo by the man formerly known as #1. Joey spent some of his time between Slipknot and Murderdolls who has released 2 albums the last of which released in 2010. Following Joey Jordison’s split with Slipknot in late 2013, he opted to devote his time to his side project Scar the Martyr. The band released one album before disbanding but then was resurrected with a new vocalist and rebranded Vimic. Kalen Chase would become the new vocalist and the remainder of the band would remain essentially the same until guitarist Kriss Norris left the band and was replaced by Steve Marshall. Kalen Chase has actually toured with Korn in the past as a backup vocalist. The band has released 4 singles starting since their formation. With those singles Vimic has already showcased just how diverse they can be. The band’s last single that released “Fail Me (My Temple)” features Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. The band’s debut record ‘Open Your Omen’ is set to be released this year. In 2016 Joey has formed a heavier project Sinsaenum that consists of international artists based in America and France. The band features vocalists Sean Zatorsky (Dååth) and Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), guitarists Frédéric Leclercq (DragonForce, George Lynch’s Souls of We) and Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast), bassist Heimoth. The band has released 3 EP’s, one studio album ‘Echoes of the Tortured’ in 2016 and is preparing to release their newest studio album ‘Repulsion for Humanity’ on August 10th via earMUSIC. Continue reading
Joey Jordison of Sinsaenum joins the podcast this week. Joey talks about the new Sinsaenum album that is due out soon. Joey and I also talk about working with a band that is half in America and half in France. We also discuss his time in Korn, news on a new Vimic album and the future of Murderdolls.
Music on this episode from Sinsaenum, Foxbat and don’t miss Nonpoint drummer Robb Rivera’s Pick From The Kit as he chooses a Slipknot classic. Continue reading