Dinosaur Pile Up is a band I have absolutely fell in love with. Their sound takes influence from a variety of genres. Their music often contains characteristics from varying genres such as alternative, punk, rock, metal and a huge mesh of all them combined. The creativity in composing their songs creates this all new, fresh sound that really isn’t heard anywhere else in music today. They have been touring in support of their recent album ‘Eleven Eleven‘ that is now available in the U.S. We recently were able to catch the band live at the Louder Than Life music festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to the show I mentioned them as the must see band of the festival, and they didn’t disapoint. Dinosaur Pile Up’s set included sing alongs and mosh pits, and with those two combined all things were right in the world. We sat down and spoke to singer/guitarist Matt Bigland about the band, the progression of their new album, inspiration behind the lyrics and breaking ribs while on tour.
[Due to the sunlight beaming into the media tent the quality of the video is below our standards, but you are still able to enjoy the conversation between Matt and myself in the video. Our apologies for the quality of the video. (Damn you sunlight)]
After releasing videos for “Hold On”, “Blood Money”, and “Selfish”, Dope have now released a lyric video for the track “1999” from their new album ‘Blood Money, Part 1’, scheduled for release on 10/28 via eOne Music. Releasing 4 singles prior to the album’s release just shows that the band is proud of everything they have accomplished on this album. The album is the band’s first studio album in 7 years. Edsel Dope has always been a master of lyrics and this album is no different. His life experience makes for amazing relatable songs. He truly bleeds passion into the music and passion is something that is absent from a lot of music in today’s music scene. Continue reading →
Shit The Cow is a band of Swedish rockers set out to explore the limitations of their own universe, and from what I’ve heard there are no limits on what this band can do. The bands risk taking when it comes to sound has really developed their music into something new. They are conquering uncharted territory and inventing sound as they go. They’ve done what is classified as “rock disco” on their 2012 release ‘Volume/Cow’ before moving on to a more garage rock sound on 2013’s ‘Salt Of The Earth’. Then they evolved into a more punk feel with 2014’s ‘Rissna’ before moving to more darker elements on “67p” in 2015. The band has defined their sound as “Scrapyard Rock” and it’s very fitting. The band simply takes inspiration from all over and juxtaposes their sound. Continue reading →
Scattered Hamlet classify themselves as “Honky Tonk Metal” and that classification is perfect. They have firmly planted their roots in a southern style of metal with a tremendous amount of blues. It’s not surprising that they mention some of their influences from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, as well as Hank Williams I, II and III. While those are easiy to hear in their music, they also give a nod to bands like Clutch, Down, Fu Manchu and Black Sabbath. Their style is smooth, fresh and flows like the finest bourbon. The different elements that complete the uniqueness in their music are vast just like their influences. Scattered Hamlet is set to release their new album ‘Swamp Rebel Machine’ on November 4th via BuckMoon Productions and pre-orders for the highly anticipated album have already started. The album was produced and mixed by Grammy nominated producer Jason Donaghy (Rob Zombie, John 5, The Murder Dolls) who also produced their debut album ‘Skeleton Dixie’. They have graced the stages Rocklahoma, SXSW, and Van’s Warped Tour. They make new fans where ever they roam, and have coined their fans as “Hellriders”. Pre-Order the album here.
Some bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s have faded away. Others have made a stale return and then there are bands like Dope who have stayed true to their sound and succeed since their formation. From the very moment in 1999 when I first saw the video for “Everything Sucks” I was hooked. While their were dozens of nu-metal bands already taking over the airwaves Dope had that extra something that others didn’t. One of their keys to success is the lyrics by singer and founder Edsel Dope. The lyrics are some of the most relatable you will ever hear.Any listener can take something away from each and every song. The band is about to release their 6th studio album and the bands first release in 7 years. ‘Blood Money, Part 1’ will release on October 28th via eOne Music. The band is currently on tour with Flaw and Motograter in what they are referring to as the Dope reunion tour which features the bands classic lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, & Racci Shay. Continue reading →
Louder Than Life came back this year with such an amazing lineup. Last year had more of a southern rock feel and this year was so much heavier. Ranging from some older classic bands to some of music’s fastest up and comers the lineup was filled full talented bands of varying genres. Unfortunately, we can’t see every band, so if we didn’t mention someone here it’s simply that we had a conflicting schedule with their set. If only we could see every band it would be a perfect day. Continue reading →
Man. After doing my StateoftheArt: Coloradoon Khemmis earlier this year I have been flat, wearing out Absolution(2015) and chomping at the bit waiting for Hunted. Once we were able to procure a copy of this wicked release, Dragon and I debated on who was going to review it. Both of us are huge fans but in the end he let me have it (Yes!) due to a couple of scheduling difficulties with other MN responsibilities. We are singing from the same hymnal, so, in the end, don’t think either of us would have been too far off from the other. One thing we definitely agree on is that Khemmis’ Hunted is one of the best albums of 2016.
Los Angeles, California’s Once Human has recently dropped their new single “Eye of Chaos” on iTunes along with an accompanying video in preparation for their upcoming album Evolution. Who is Once Human, you may ask? Well, take the guitarist-turned-vocalist butchery of Australian born, Lauren Hart, the guitar wizardry of Logan Mader (Soulfly and Machine Head) and Skyler Howren, wicked bass of Damien Rainaud and penultimate drum skills of Dillon Trollope and throw them off a bridge to be mixed in blood on the rocks below and you have one of the most brutal and blunt forces in Metal available today. Promising to top their 2015 release of The LifeI Remember, Evolution is due out sometime in 2017! We have a standing request for album upon its completion so stay tuned!
I can’t tell you guys how excited I have been since being informed that my good friends in InnerDemons were releasing their new album, FeeltheCold, due out October 21, 2016! Well, I got my grubby paws on this beast shortly after the production was complete this last weekend and have been spinning it almost constantly between other music duties with MN eversince. So freakin’ killer, this release! Everything I have come to expect from them and more! Raging guitar work, some of the coolest bass lines around, blasting drums and the unique, powerful vocals of producer/vocalist KarlHasse. As I was preparing to write my review, another good friend of mine, one of the founding members of ThatRiffPromotions and die-hard supporter of local Metal dropped his review. Not willing to pass up the opportunity to support MN, ThatRiff and InnerDemons, all at the same time, I asked permission from him, the members of InnerDemons and my editor to allow him a guest spot in the MN family. So, without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce my buddy, JasonJagodzinski’s reviewof Feel the Cold by Jacksonville, FL’s very own, Inner Demons!