Jan 28, 2014

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH


Five Finger Death Punch were formed in 2005 by guitarist Zoltan Bathory (formerly of U.P.O.). The American Capitalist Songfacts states that Bathory came up with the name after being amused by a scene involving a five finger punch in Kill Bill 2. Other members recruited to the band include former Motograter & Ghost Machine vocalist Ivan Moody, former W.A.S.P. members guitarist Darrell Roberts and drummer Jeremy Spencer, and former Anubis Rising/Deadsett bassist Matt Snell.




The band recorded their debut album The Way of the Fist in 2006 with Stevo “Shotgun” Bruno (Mötley Crüe, Prong) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). The record was mixed and mastered by former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader.
After making waves in the underground metal scene, in early June it was announced that the band had inked a deal with Firm Music, which is a branch of “The Firm”, a highly successful management company (Korn, Staind, Limp Bizkit). Their debut album “The Way Of The Fist” was released on July 31, 2007 The record broke into the Billboard 200 on its first week of release, and hit the #1 position on Billboard’s New Artist/Heetseekers chart. Their First single, “The Bleeding” landed in the top 40 rock radio charts, eventually worked its way into the top 10 and ruled the radio waves for an astonishing 8 months. In times when US Rock Radio is anything but friendly toward heavier bands, against all odds 5FDP not just repeated but surpassed their first single’s success with their follow up “Never Enough”. The song climbed even faster to set up a seemingly permanent camp in the top 10, until the 3rd single “Stranger Than Fiction” showed up on the horizon to take over the guard post.
Supporting their release, for 19 consecutive months Five Finger Death Punch has relentlessly toured North America, eventually establishing themselves as a true headlining act and selling almost 300,000 records in the USA before branching out to the rest of the world. The international release of “The Way Of The Fist” (via Spinefarm/Universal) is scheduled to hit stores across the world in January 2009.
Recently, it was announced that guitarist Darrel Roberts left the band and will be replaced by Jason Hook
Five Finger Death Punch released “Under and Over It” as the first single from their third studio album, American Capitalist on July 27, 2011. (Under and Over It Songfacts).





Jan 25, 2014

LORDE


Ella Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She released her first EP, The Love Club EP, in March 2013 and her first single, “Royals”, in June 2013. Her début album, Pure Heroine, was released on September 27, 2013.



She was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her father, an Irish-New Zealander, is a civil engineer, and her mother, Sonja Yelich, a Croatian-New Zealander, is a prize-winning poet. She was raised in Devonport, a suburb of Auckland.

At the age of 12, she was spotted by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan when he saw her singing in a video of a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate. Later, when Yelich-O’Connor was 13, Maclachlan signed her to Universal and, at the age of 14, she began working with their songwriters in 2012.

Officially released digitally in March 2013 and on CD in May 2013, The Love Club EP features five songs, including the number one hit “Royals”. On 27 May 2013, “Royals” was covered on national television on the New Zealand version of The X Factor by all-girl group Gap 5, mentored by Melanie Blatt. “Royals” débuted as a single at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15 March 2013 and remained in the top position for three weeks. In the U.S. it peaked at number 1 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on both the Alternative charts (making Lorde the first female artist since Tracy Bonham to reach the top) and number 1 on the Rock charts, making her the first female artist to top the charts as a lead singer.

On 8 May 2013, The Love Club EP débuted in the number 2 position on the album chart. In August 2013, Lorde became the first woman to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States since Tracy Bonham in 1996. Following the release of “Royals” in the United States in June 2013, 85,000 copies were sold during a single week in July. In a subsequent interview, Lorde stated, “I had a sneaking suspicion that it might do all right”. In November 2013, her song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was included on the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” along with tracks from ColdplaySiaThe WeekndChristina AguileraOf Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons among others.

The “Tennis Court” single was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2013. The Tennis Court EP was released digitally in the UK on 7 June (due to the timezone difference) and physically on 22 June. It was played during the BBC Sport coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships – Women’s Singles final. On 14 June 2013, Yelich-O’Connor’s second single “Tennis Court” débuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart. In the same week, she also became the first New Zealand artist to simultaneously have four songs in the top 20 tracks of the New Zealand Top 40. Previously, TITANIUM held this record with 




three songs.



Jan 24, 2014

THE RAGGED JUBILEE




The Ragged Jubilee is California Blues-Rock band. Their influences include: Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The Lead Singer, Ethan Burns’ searing and poetic vocals juxtapose Aaron Wick’s Rock Drums and Chandler Jacob’s Rolling Bass while Phil Wahl lends a banjo twang to the swelling, punchy riffs of Austin I’anson’s electric guitar backdrop. In short, the combination of lyrical poetry and lyrical music creates a poignant and unique sound. 



Members: Ethan Burns-Lead Vocals/Guitar, Chandler Jacob- Bass/Backup Vocals, Aaron Wick- Drums, Phil Wahl-Banjo, Austin I’Anson-Electric Guitar, D.M. Grivjack…









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Jan 21, 2014

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY


Brazilian metal titans Max and Igor Cavalera have written and recorded new material together for the first time in twelve years, since their work in Sepultura.

Formed in the summer of 2007, Cavalera Conspiracy, is their new project and features the Cavalera brothers from Brazil, bassist Joe Duplantier from France (Band member of Gojira) and guitarist Marc Rizzo from the United States

Cavalera Conspiracy’s debut record, Inflikted, was released on March 25, 2008 by Roadrunner Records. Recording took place in July 2007 at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head guitarist).
rex brown cameos on bass on one track, Ultra-Violent.
(Rex Brown was Pantera’s bass player. He currently plays in Down. In 2005, he also played bass and keyboard in Crowbar’s Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.)
Black Ark features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (from Incite) on vocals.




This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been clamoring for since Sepultura’s last gig in December 1996.


“When Igor, and I met at the 10th Annual D-Low Memorial Show and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins,” comments Max. “It was the same in the studio.”


In early January, 2008, Inflikted’s tracklist was revealed. A B-side cover of the Possessed death/thrash classic, The Exorcist, was also recorded. A single for Sanctuary was released on March 3, 2008.


Members:
Max Cavalera (Rhythm Guitar & Vocals)
Igor Cavalera (Drums)
Marc Rizzo (Lead Guitar) (also plays in Soulfly)
Joe Duplantier (Bass) (also plays in Gojira)








Jan 16, 2014

SEPULTURA


Sepultura is a Brazilian metal band that formed in 1983 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The band was a major force in the death metalthrash metal and ultimately groove metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their name means “grave” in Portuguese, which they chose after Max Cavalera, one of the founding members, was translating the lyrics of the Motörhead song “Dancing on Your Grave”.

Sepultura was formed by Max Cavalera (guitars and vocals), his younger brother Igor Cavalera(drums), Paulo Pinto (bass) and Jairo Guedes (guitars). Sepultura signed to Cogumelo Records after a few years of performing, with a sound influenced by their favorite bands such as Ratos De PorãoDischargePossessedGBH and Metallica. Their first EP was Bestial Devastation, a split with OverDose’s album on the flipside. Their first LP was Morbid Visions (1986), which included the moderate hit “Troops of Doom” that attracted the band some attention. After Morbid Visions,Jairo Guedes left the band for another death metal venture and Sao Paulo based guitarist Andreas Kisser replaced him. Their second full-length album was Schizophrenia, which was a critical success that led to a contract with Roadrunner Records.




With Roadrunner distributing Schizophrenia worldwide, Sepultura reached new audiences of metal fans, cemented by 1989’s Beneath the Remains (1989), which was followed by a long European tour. By the time they released 1991’s Arise (1991), Sepultura were located in Phoenix, Arizona and had become one of the most critically-praised metal bands of the 1990s, with Arise going platinum by the end of its supporting tour. Musically, Arise was slightly different from the first three Sepultura albums,slowing down and also experimenting with some groove-laden rhythms. In 1993, Sepultura made the groove hints on Arise into a considerable change in their sound. Changing their original death/thrash style to a more hardcore inspired groove metal sound with Chaos A.D.. 1996’s Roots took Sepultura even further from their original sound,the desire to further experiment with the music of Brazil, especially the percussive type played by Salvador, Bahia samba reggae group Olodum. The band further innovated by experimenting with elements from the music of Brazil’s indigenous peoples and metal music.

At the height of Sepultura’s fame, however, a series of events broke the band apart. Just after the album ”Roots” (1996), Sepultura decided to fire their manager, Gloria. Since she was Max’s wife, he decided to quit too.

It was rumoured that there was some intra-band tension throughout the latter half of 1996, and at the end of a successful tour of Britain later that year, at Brixton Academy on 16th December 1996, the band told Max they would not renew Gloria’s management contract. Max Cavalera left the band, and subsequently formed a new band, Soulfly. The others announced that they would continue under the Sepultura name and were searching for a replacement.



A recording of Max’s last show with the band was later released as a live album, 2002’s Under A Pale Grey Sky by their former record label Roadrunner Records, against the wishes of the band.Derrick Green from Cleveland and formerly of Outface wound up filling the frontman spot, and the band released Against in 1998. Against was commercially less successful than its two predecessors, as was the follow-up Nation. These releases saw Sepultura move away from their previous approach of the thrash metal sound - a process already in motion in such releases as Roots, and aided by Max’s departure - and this led to widespread criticism from the band’s original fanbase. Subsequent releases have had a positive effect in returning praise to the band, but opinion is divided on their new direction.

After recording Revolusongs, an EP full of covers in 2002, the band released the album Roorback in 2003, which garnered a lot of positive reviews.

In November 2005 the live Double-DVD and Double-CD Live in São Paulo was released. This was the first official live album from the band.

The release of ‘Live In Sao Paulo’ marked the first involvement of the new ’Sepularmy’ street team in promotion of the bands music. The Sepularmy is unrelated to the bands record label SPV and its members are motivated purely by the desire to share the bands music with as many people as possible. The army is expected to be involved in the promotion of all the bands releases and endeavours for the foreseeable future and anyone is welcome to register and help out.

A new album, called Dante XXI was released on March 14, 2006. It based around Dante’s The Divine Comedy. This album has been considered to be the band’s best effort with Derrick Green and also carries some thrash influence. Although some areas of the media have criticized the album, fans have received it well.

In a recent interview, Igor stated that the band agreed to retire the Sepultura name at the conclusion of the band’s current tour, but bassist Paulo Jr. has denied this report.

In 2007 Max and Igor formed a new band called Cavalera Conspiracy.

In January 2009, Sepultura released A-lex, being the first album without any Cavalera member. It is a new concept album based on the book A Clockwork Orange.

http://sepultura.com
http://www.myspace.com/sepultura
http://www.last.fm/group/Early+Sepultura





Jan 10, 2014

CASA DAS MÁQUINAS


Casa das Máquinas (meaning ‘house of machines’) are a mid-70’s Brazilian band from Sao Paulo borne out of the disenchantment of two musicians from glam/dance pop band Os Incríveis, namely drummer/percussionnist Netinho and guitarist/vocalist Aroldo who wanted to take a less commercial route. Recruiting three other musicians, they recorded 3 albums between 1974 and 1977; a compilation disk was also released in 2000. Their material is mostly heavy, bluesy hard rock with complex arrangements and thick guitar leads. The vocals are in Portuguese. 


Their debut and self-titled album, released in 1974, is plain old hard rock. Their second, “Lar de Maravilhas” (1975), however, is considered a national prog classic. Donning a slick production, it incorporates the intensity of the first album with more sophisticated elements such as stronger melodies, better arrangements and an emphasis on spacious, multi-layered symphonic keyboards (particularly the synths). It is a strange collection of tunes in that it ranges from superb symphonic flights to some very banal pieces. Their third album, “Casa de Rock” (1976), reverts to their more primitive hard rock style, featuring two drummers and no more spacey keyboards. The compilation cd “Perolas” is made up of 16 tracks taken from the second and third albums (tapes of the first are lost forever).