Thursday, July 31, 2014
38 Years ago today, Blue Öyster Cult released their hugely influential song “(Don't Fear) The Reaper”. It was written by lead guitarist Buck Dharma who also sang lead vocals on the track.
Some still believe it's about suicide but it's actually simply about not fearing death. Dharma explained in a 1995 interview with College Music Journal: "I felt that I had just achieved some kind of resonance with the psychology of people when I came up with that, I was actually kind of appalled when I first realized that some people were seeing it as an advertisement for suicide or something that was not my intention at all. It is, like, not to be afraid of it (as opposed to actively bring it about). It's basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners."
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDSBY ERIK SUGG
Oh, Sweden. Cold, Scandinavian country of the northern hemisphere known for its socialism, potted herring, beautiful women, and its friendly, near-timid, residents whenever they’re not shooting their prime minister. Sweden is also known for music–well written and well executed music, often rivaling seminal musical countries like the United States and England. Whether it’s classic Swedish prog groups like November or Kebnekaise, death metal bands like Entombed or At the Gates, retro garage rock like the Hellacopters and The Hives, or the current wave of doom traditionalists like Graveyard and Witchcraft, it’s doubtful you’ll find a music lover who doesn’t celebrate at least one Swedish group in their catalog. Besides, everyone has a secret soft spot for Abba, right?
Blues Pills is the latest talent to blast out of Sweden and into our collective orbit, (although the band technically features members from all over the globe). The band emerged in 2011 and immediately took the European festival scene by storm with their good looks, their flowing locks, and their ‘69-era Fleetwood Mac-infused sound. If you’re reading these words, rolling your eyes and groaning, “Just what need… ANOTHER Swedish retro band,” just stop there. These soulful, psychedelic blues rockers will make you eat those words. Blues Pills is inventive and authentic, and is sure to blaze through seas of mediocrity and apathy to shine like the stars these incredibly young musicians were born to be. Their self titled debut, courtesy of Nuclear Blast, may very well be one of the best releases of 2014.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Guitarist Sean Kennedy spoke to FaceCulture recently during Blood Ceremony's European tour. In the interview, Sean discusses previous bands, songwriting, flute, influences, meeting band mate Alia O'Brien, new album and more.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Have a listen to this great interview that WNYU radio had with "Wicked Woman" Jinx Dawson. Here she discusses, among many things, being copied by other bands back in the late 60's. She admits when Coven 'crossed paths' with Black Sabbath in Memphis, "We Painted the inverted cross on their dressing room door". Listen below... (and See Toni Iommi's reaction to Coven's album when asked
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As Old World New Wave, the long-awaited new album from Los Angeles' haunting doom trio, IDES OF GEMINI, draws near, today the band release an otherworldly new teaser clip for their forthcoming platter of ethereal nightmares.
Directed and produced by singer/bassist Sera Timms and shot by Timms with drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, the stunning, near-five-minute clip is at once despondent and beautiful, capturing both sonically and visually the true essence of the album with chest-caving urgency.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Theo Mindell of Orchid came in for an interview on the Scion AV All Purpose Show during the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. Speaking with host Prince Paul and the Ill Out Crew’ Mr. Dead, Mindell discusses the enduring appeal of classic four-pieces like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, as well as how his group has never fit in with the other metal bands from San Francisco. Orchid was started so they could play the bar across the street from Mindell works as a tattoo artist, a job he still does to this day.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Someone had the idea of pairing Jerry Only's Misfits with Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) for a performance at the APMA show last night. It was a sad moment...
Each week there seems to be a new person or group doing metal covers on banjo. Most recently we discovered Mr. Joseph Winiarski doing this cover of Electric Wizard's 'Saturnine'. Joseph joins Steve'n'Seagulls, Rob Scallon and other Banjocore heroes in their quest to re-imagine the metal song. Hats off to you all for doing something a little different. Now... go banjo up some more stuff!
Watch some Banjocore below...