Normally a fierce hard rock/grunge group out of Palestine, Texas, BLACKTOP MOJO has put out a new and refreshing soft acoustic single, called “Underneath“. Treading the path of what majority of grunge rock bands do, that is, release a soft and heart touching number amidst the heavy hitting characteristic sound, the quintet has managed to pull off an excellent emotional single. Despite it being the norm, the song is definitely not just another brick in the wall(you see what I did there!). The song is about personal suffering and damage and it perfectly encapsulates the message it brings forth. Here’s drummer Nathan breaking down the meaning of the song for you,
“I’ve seen firsthand how bitterness and anger can destroy a person from the inside out. This song is about that, but also saying “I understand what happened, and I’m sorry you went through the painful things that brought you to this point” Keep your heart free , forgive people even if they don’t deserve it.“
In November Stone Temple Pilots announced their new singer Jeff Gutt with a performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Founding Stone Temple Pilots members brothers Dean DeLeo (guitar), Robert DeLeo (bass), drummer Eric Kretz and late frontman Scott Weiland found worldwide fame following the 1992 release of their debut album ‘Core’. After their subsequent 2002 breakup, several reunions with Scott Weiland took place up until his ultimate firing from the group in 2013. Linkin Park frontman, the late Chester Bennington, was a member of STP from 2013 to 2015. The band took their time finding a new front man taking tens of thousands of audition from singers around the world. It turns out none of those auditions made the cut as they selected Gutt who was a contestant on the tv show The X Factor and he didn’t actually audition until the band reached out to him. The band has numerous festival appearances lined up this summer including Welcome To Rockville, Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion as well as a full U.S. Tour. Continue reading →
“A thinking human’s aural wet dream. Part progressive, part psychedelic, part grunge, and all rock, this quartet’s music is just as calm and calculated as it is erratic and emotional” – PureGrainAudio.
Pheonix, AZ’s grunge/prog metal cult The Oxford Coma has just released a new lyric video for “Inflatable Patriots (Touching People In Their Sleep)”, taken from their recently released second LP ‘Everything Out Of Tune’. Commenting on the single, guitarist/vocalist Billy Tegethoff states “This song is about hypocrisy, obliviousness, injustice, brainwashing, hipster racism, and cat noises.” Intrigued? Watch the video below this article!
‘Everything Out Of Tune’ delivers more than forty minutes of devastatingly creative noise rock-influenced psychedelic intensity that takes The Oxford Coma’s unique sonics to the next level in every conceivable way. Offering a spectrum of effects-drenched tones that teleports the listener into an altered state of listening, with thundering grunge riffage meets progressive exploration. The follow-up to the band’s 2015 release ‘Paris Is Mine’ features guitar from Intronaut’s Sacha Dunable on the lead track, “Trauma (Maybe I’m Forgetting Something.” Created over a two-year cycle with a completely restructured line-up, ‘Everything Out Of Tune’ was recorded and mixed by the man of many talents Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering. Continue reading →
A follow-up to any sophomore release is a massive undertaking for any band, but especially so for one that has been in the works for a near half decade. Finnish rockers Mangoo have certainly let us sweat it out in anticipation since 2012’s Small Stone debut ‘Neverland’. Will you be ready when you fire up their latest offering? Can you handle ‘The Heat’?
The quintet have been firmly routed in the underground since 2005 with their self-released untitled debut EP, and were brought to domestic and international media attention with their first full-length ‘Neolithic’ (7:45 Records) in 2009 and subsequent sophomore ‘Neverland’. Each time Mangoo has been personally involved with the recording and production processes. Enabling them to keep the music entirely their own, allowing them a complete freedom over their sound and song writing. By this, the abundance of experimentation has kept them advancing forward at an astonishing rate in terms of growth and progression, and Mangoo have accomplished something truly special with ‘The Heat’ that drops this Friday 8th December via Small Stone Records. Pre-order now here! Continue reading →
It has been one full day since the LINKIN PARK front man Chester Bennington has left scores of fans all across the globe spanning oceans and continents weeping at the horrific news of his suicide by hanging. On Thursday morning, the singer’s body was found hanged from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, in Palos Verdes. The L.A. county coroner examined the scene and confirmed the news of the same. Bennigton suffered from depression and substance abuse since a long time. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male. The death of Chris Cornell who also bid us the same way as Chester did was said to have impacted him a lot, they were good buddies and Chester also sang at his funeral.
Ed Winter, the L.A. county medical examiner coroner confirmed the hanging on Friday and also said there was not a suicide note found in the scene. The autopsy is said to be pending and the toxicology reports are yet to be carried out.
Picture taken at Carolina Rebellion 2017 just weeks before Cornell’s death.
The New York Times has reported that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog & Audioslave has died as of 5/17/17 in Detroit as stated by his representative Brian Bumbery, he died at the yound age of 52. Brian has stated that the death was ”Sudden and unexpected” and that the family would be ”Working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause”. It’s very sad to hear this news, realising he actually died moves me quite a lot.
For those of you that don’t know, Chris was born in 1964 in Seattle and started the band Soundgarden just 20 years later. He has been called one of or even the architect of grunge music. He has without a doubt meant a lot for the genre, he was the vocalist of Soundgarden since the beginning of the band and also after they got back together in 2010. Besides that he has been the singer of Audioslave from 2001 till 2007 and he has a solo carrier as well which people may know him of. Soundgarden has been one of the reasons grunge is a thing now and we should be really thankful for that. He moved so many people with his musical style, personality and appearance that many people got inspired to make music just because of Chris so after hearing this sad news I really am devastated.
All my thoughts go to his family, friends and the people he worked with. He may not be longer amongst us but his music will always live on. May Chris Cornell rest peacefully.
On the outskirts of Indianapolis, Indiana you will find one of the most appealing bands I have heard in some time. The band God Am formed in 2012 and have been putting in some major hours to hone their sound and get exactly where they want to be. The band released their debut EP on May 16th. The group have made waves throughout the region in Indiana and this EP is sure to turn those small waves into more of a tidal wave. After just finishing this EP the band is already hard at work a follow up to this debut and have 3 songs in the books written already. They will soon begin touring Indiana and surrounding areas and we can only hope a venue in our area will be lucky enough to book them. We had the honor of checking out the debut and are sure you will be just as impressed as we were. Continue reading →