Ep. 173 Korn’s Follow The Leader with Toby Wright – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast



Producer Toby Wright returns to the podcast to talk all things Follow the Leader. Follow the Leader is the 20 year old landmark album by Korn. Toby discusses the recording process, the web series that was revolutionary at the time and the response to the album. If you are a fan of the record, you must check out this episode. Thanks again to the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo for the interview. 

Ep. 172 Craig Gass // Thom Hazaert – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


The Nashville Rock N Pod episodes roll on with Craig Gass and Thom Hazaert.

First up I talk to Craig Gass. Craig and I talk about his love of Tesla and hanging out in the men’s room with their drummer. Craig talks about hanging with Rudy Sarzo in the 1987 and beyond. We also talk about our love of Canadians and sports. Then he finishes with a hilarious Tracy Morgan impression and story.

Next up is Thom Hazaert. Thom is a friend of the show and great to see in person. Thom and I discuss the origins of his relationship with David Ellefson of Megadeth. We talk about his promoting of a Primer 55 show and releasing a Primer 55 album on his label. Thom tells us about the future of EMP Label Group and so much more.

Ep. 166 Mike Williams (The Agony Scene) – Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast


Mike Williams of The Agony Scene joins the podcast this week. Mike and I discuss what brought them back from their lengthy hiatus. We also talk about the band’s early days in Tulsa, OK. We also bring up the other big band from Tulsa, Hanson. Mike and I talk about being dads in bands and trying to be good parents. But most of all we discuss “Tormentor”, the band’s latest album.

Before I talk to Mike I give a couple of concert reviews. I went to see The Fucking Pantera Cover Band on Friday and then went to see the mighty Powerman 5000 on Tuesday. Lots of good live music.

Robb Rivera of Nonpoint gives his weekly Pick From The Kit and talks about the upcoming Nonpoint album “X” due out August 24th.

State Of The Art: I AM TERRIFIED [Album Stream]

*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*

This month’s state is Alabama!

The band I AM TERRIFIED was formed as FIXED TIL TUESDAY in Birmingham, Alabama by guitarist Jeremy Folse, vocalist Patrick Schefano, and drummer Joel Bailey.  They got together from meeting at local schools and churches. Influenced both by the sound of church hymns and hardcore rock, the three formed the band and released an independent self-titled EP containing six songs.

After much consideration, FIXED TIL TUESDAY changed their name to I AM TERRIFIED sometime between 2006 and 2010. The name comes straight from the verse in the Bible’s Book of Job 23:14-15 which reads, “He carries out His decree against me, and many such plans He still has in store. That is why I am terrified before Him; when I think of all this, I fear Him.

The band was signed in 2007 to Mono Vs Stereo Records and began work on their debut EP. When Mono Vs Stereo was put on hiatus by its parent company Gotee Records, the band was transferred to Gotee’s roster. ‘I Am Terrified’ was released in July 2008.  This is their only recorded output to date.

This is a therefore seemingly a strange choice for the State Of The Artist, as the band periodically goes on hiatus (last heard of in May 2017 for some select dates), but they are worthy of being discussed, due to the strength of their songs on their EP released back in 2008.

The current lineup is Patrick “Paddy” Schefano on vocals, Brandon Henderson on lead guitar, Joel Bailey on drums, Jeremy Folse on rhythm guitar and Matthew Stagner on bass guitar.

They have been called Metalcore, but this is a label that hangs somewhat uneasily around their neck.  The EP fills your speakers with a joyous celebration of heavy, but very melodic, music.  They are Christian rockers, but their humanity speaks to those casual listeners who do not follow any belief-driven genre.

The EP contains six songs of a quality that stands the test of time.  The songs have an accessibility that transcends the genre and places more of a foot in the pop punk movement of the 1990’s.  Yes, they have some screaming vocals, especially on “To The Service”, but that song also has passages which sound like New Wave bands and background harmonies that really make it a hymn in many ways.

The interesting part of this story will be whether the band will reconvene and work on any new material.  It would be a shame to leave their sizeable fanbase without any new tunes (they have over 6,000 likes on Facebook still).  The latest gigs appear to have been in the summer last year.  Therefore, this is an artist spotlight that only feels half fulfilled.

Great band – catch a listen and then get talking to them on Facebook, if you want them back.

Album Review: THE HUMAN PROJECT – ‘Clarion Call’ [Album Stream]

There will always be heart in music.  There will always be power in music.  There will always be thought in music.  Combine them together and you get The Human Project.  The group are a melodic, but technical, punk band from Leeds in the UK.  Their debut album ‘Origins’ was issued in 2013, and the long awaited follow-up ‘Clarion Call’ will be released in 2018, accompanied by touring across the UK, Europe, and Japan.

The band paint on a political canvas and nail their colors to the mast with songs about the cutting of public services in the UK and the vote to leave the European Union (Brexit), both of which they argue against.

The band released the very catchy “That One Percent” in advance of the album.  Expaining what it means, vocalist/guitarist Luke Yates comments, “the everyday, on-the-ground results of the austerity regime are this kind of bland injustice, laughably obvious in the way it is targeted, and, in the way it is backed up and spread by people with vested interests in the media, but unfortunately inescapable for most ordinary people.

‘Clarion Call’ took over five years to write and was eventually brought to life by producer Andy Hawkins.

To nail my colors to the mast, this album is a monster of epic proportions and is likely to be in my top ten of the year.  In true Frankenstein tradition, it is built on sounds and thoughts taken from many genres, but has been pieced together with real care and attention.  Where the record differs from Mary Shelley’s creation is that the monster did not know why it had been created.  Here, The Human Project know why they created the album and the vision they have is second to none.

The album’s box of secrets is wrenched open with the thoughtful lament of “Desperate Times.”  There is soft piano and clean guitar, as the fabulous vocals kick in.  The singing is a key(sic) to the record and raises it above any other release in the pop punk genre.  I am afraid I don’t know who sings what, as all the members take vocal duties, but all do brilliantly.  It is like fusing progressive rock harmonies to fast ascending punk riffing.  The whole collection reeks of class (ironically, given the band’s championing of equality).

My ears were drawn to “That One Percent,” which spits out the band’s disdain for the Conservative political party’s behaviour in the UK with their policy of austerity in terms of public spending being cut.  It is a tune that lives long in the memory and, once inside your brain, keeps looping as a mega ear worm – you have been warned!

Knocked For Six” smacks your sensibilities with aural overload.  The high register vocals absolutely make this song.  It has a sound that is arrestingly unique and familiar at the same time.  The guitar tone is also a pleasure to hear; fuzzbox in 4K for sure.

Although the ball of wax moves at a million miles an hour, there are some moments of quieter reflection, like on “Carrion,” allowing listeners to breathe before the technical beauty of “What We Always Do” comes striding onto the playlist and the adrenaline surge runs us to the end of the collection.

Suffice to say, I love this album so much that I would marry it, if I could.   Human in name, gods in musical terms.  The best album I have heard for a long time.

‘Clarion Call’ will be released on CD, Digital and Vinyl on Friday 6th July 2018 and is available for pre-order now here: www.thehumanproject.bigcartel.com.

THE HUMAN PROJECT online:
www.twitter.com/humanprojectuk

https://thehumanproject.bigcartel.com/

DEE SNIDER – Releases Official Lyric Video For “Tomorrow’s No Concern”

Hard rock icon DEE SNIDER has released the official music video for the new track Tomorrow’s No Concernfrom his upcoming album ‘For The Love Of Metal’.  The album sees Dee team up with HATEBREED frontman, Jamey Jasta, as producer and makes good on an idea discussed on Jasta’s weekly podcast.

Watch “Tomorrow’s No Concern“at this link.

DEE SNIDER comments on his new single:

” ‘Tomorrow’s No Concern’ is the perfect first single off of my new album ‘For the Love of Metal’.  Lyrically it’s about me living for today, not in the past.  So many people waste their lives away remembering the “glory days”.  While I am proud of all that I’ve done, I’m more interested and excited about what is happening now.  In the song I urge the listener to do the same; live in the moment and don’t let the past – good, bad or indifferent – or what might or might not happen in the future ever slow you down!

‘For The Love Of Metal’ features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE & current LIGHT THE TORCH frontman), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW).

Preorder ‘For The Love Of Metal’.

Jamey Jasta comments on the album:

I’m so happy and proud to have been a part of this project, DEE SNIDER is an American original, there is no other voice like his on earth, his power and passion really shine through on this album. Metal brings us all together and with Dee still at the forefront, it’s a great time to be a fan of heavy music!

Track Listing:

  1. Lies Are A Business
  2. Tomorrow’s No Concern
  3. I am The Hurricane
  4. American Made
  5. Roll Over You
  6. I’m Ready
  7. Running Mazes
  8. Mask
  9. Become The Storm
  10. The Hardest Way
  11. Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)
  12. For The Love of Metal

Touring:

02.07.18 IL – Tel Aviv

03.08. – 04.08.2018 SE – Rejmyre / Skogsröjet Festival

10.08. – 12.08.2018 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz Metal Festival

For more information on DEE SNIDER, visit:

http://www.deesnider.com/

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT Kick Off EU “Heathen Crusade” Tour With PIMORDIAL And MOONSORROW [Tour Dates]

“[DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT is] the future of German Extreme-Metal” – Mille Petrozza, Kreator

German Black metal visionaries Der Weg Einer Freiheit have kicked off their European tour in support of their highly acclaimed and recently released album ‘Finisterre’. Alongside Primordial and Moonsorrow, the “Heathen Crusade 2018” tour will charge through multiple countries throughout the month and will showcase Der Weg Einer Freiheit at the height of their powers. A full list of confirmed dates are below, but be quick as these tickets are hot with the Paris show already sold-out! Continue reading

World’s Loudest Month Spotlight: TURNSTILE

*Every Wednesday from now until Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion we will be showcasing an artist playing the festivals to help you get to know them a little better.  This week, we’re checking out Turnstile – a hardcore quintet from Baltimore, MD!*

The running theme so far for this year’s upcoming summer festivals is that May is going to be the loudest month of the year, and with some really unbelievable lineups that statement is sure to be true.  However, the loudest month of the year wouldn’t be complete without giving the hardcore kids something to move to!  Well fear not, ladies and gentlemen, and prepare to throw down with Turnstile at Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion!  With a fresh album release, ‘Time & Space’, these guys are primed to destroy the stage and throw one up for the hardcore scene. Continue reading

DINOSAUR EYELIDS Release Video For “Day Zero” [Video Streaming]

 

Dinosaur Eyelids have been one of the most revered rock n roll bands in the New Jersey music scene since their formation in 2009. The bands goes about things in a true DIY way and have no released 5 albums. The advise that their musical influences range from Soundgarden to The Replacements to Ween. That is certainly a vast area of influence but so is this bands style and sound. It seems that about anything they set out to conquer they are able to do in stride. With around 100 shows under their belt Dinosaur Eyelids is not only refining their sound in the studio but on the stage as well. Their 2014 album ‘Bypass To Nowhere’ debuted at #1 on WRSU Rutgers Radio and their material has been played on 180 college radio stations across North America. They are like a mixture of Nirvana and Neil Young that creates heartbreaking love songs that sink you to lows and also life stories that uplift you. Dinosaur Eyelids is like the pendulum of life told through rock n roll. Continue reading