Owing to the death of Paul Gray of Slipknot I have decided to feature a different band as part of Tuesday’s RetroBlog.
The first Slipknot album I listened to was their debut, and while good, I was not really minded to keep up with subsequent releases. So, in light of recent events I decided to give the more recent release, All Hope Is Lost, a listen. I was surprised, in a pleasant way, how much their sound had changed from the first album. If you have not done so already, check it out.
Here is the link to the album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0hFWapnP7orzXCMwNU5DuA
- Gematria (The Killing Name)
- Dead Memories
- Butcher’s Hook
- This Cold Black
- Wherein Lies Continue
- All Hope Is Gone
- Blabbermouth – http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/showreview.aspx?reviewID=1494
- AllMusic – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifqxzwkldae~T1
- EW.com – http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20222137,00.html
- The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/aug/10/slipknot.all.hope.is.gone
- IGN Music – http://music.ign.com/articles/903/903026p1.html
- Spin – http://www.spin.com/reviews/slipknot-all-hope-gone-roadrunner
- Ultimate Guitar – http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/slipknot/all_hope_is_gone/index.html
- Heavy Metal
- Alternative Metal
- Stone Sour
@Website – http://www.slipknot1.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/slipknot1
@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/slipknot
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipknot_(band)
I woke up this morning to find out that Paul Gray was found dead on Monday in an Iowa Hotel. There are going to be some very sad Slipknot fans. One of the original members, I understand.
Here he is on Behind The Player. I understand he was big into alternative tunings. Nice bass tone.
Let’s have something of the most recent album, Psychosocial from All Hope Is Lost.
Looking through the May issue of Rocksound which landed in the ‘superbox’ this week, I can see a number of new albums that get 9 or above. One such album is Demon Hunter’s latest, The World Is A Thorn.
- Descending upon Us
- Collapsing (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork)
- This Is the Line
- Driving Nails
- The World Is a Thorn
- Tie This Around Your Neck
- Just Breathe (feat. Christian Älvestam of Miseration)
- Shallow Water
- Feel as Though You Could (feat. Dave Peters of Throwdown)
- Blood in the Tears
Check it out on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/6OjtNpkeSbNKZisER0d5a7
Christian Music Zine – http://christianmusiczine.com/2010/03/08/review-demon-hunter-the-world-is-a-thorn/
Jesus Freak Hideout – http://jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/TheWorldIsAThorn.asp
- Alternative metal
- Thrash metal
- Living Sacrifice
- Becoming the Archetype
- Project 86
- The Showdown
- Haste the Day
- War of Ages
- Destroy The Runner
- Still Remains
- Soul Embraced
@Website – http://www.demonhunter.net/
@Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/demonhunter
@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/demonhunter
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/DemonHunterBand
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Hunter
I only properly picked up on Drowning Pool just last week when I was looking to swap out a dodgy audio track on a YouTube video I had posted with one of the tracks that YouTube provides. The track in question was Bodies from the debut album Sinner.
- Tear Away
- All Over Me
- I Am
- Told You So
Album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/2x69bUM3cqWJ1ckKpwCNgh
- AllMusic – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wqf6zfg2eh2k
- Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=8522
- Answers.com – http://www.answers.com/topic/sinner-drowning-pool-album
- Alternative Metal
- Nu Metal
- Ill Niño
- Stone Sour
@Website – http://www.drowningpool.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/drowningpool
@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/drowningpool
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/DrowningPool
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning_Pool
This morning we, over breakfast, were having a chat about the fact that the rescheduled Megadeth/Slayer Tour of Canada will have both bands playing their 1990s albums Rust In Peace and Seasons In The Abyss, in entirety. I then got thinking about metal albums from that year. Here is my list of 10 favourite albums from that year.
Alice in Chains – Facelift
Annihilator – Never, Neverland
Anthrax – Persistence of Time
Celtic Frost – Vanity/Nemesis
Death – Spiritual Healing
Iced Earth – Iced Earth
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss
8 out of 10 of the above albums are featured on Spotify, here is the playlist – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/5h1SRJY8SkmPWeI0Y1rQTC
Better have something for the pain!
Today’s post was originally going to be about last night’s Billy Talent/Alexisonfire gig in Halifax. However, I have just learnt that Peter Steele of Type O Negative died, from what is thought to be heart failure, on April 14th.
So I though I would take this opportunity to honour him and leave the planned post until later.
There is an announcement regarding his death on the Type O Negative’s website http://www.typeonegative.net/index.php along with some statements from band members and family.
From his band mates;
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Type O Negative front man, bassist, and our band mate, Peter Steele passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure.
Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow up to "Dead Again" released in 2007.
The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results. The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date. We’d like to share our thoughts and those of Peter’s family below.
We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world.
Josh, Kenny and Johnny
Josh Silver: “Peter, My endless source of frustration, (as I’m yours) you have really done it this time. You have changed and touched countless lives through music, comedy and often brutal honesty. You’ve made life both interesting and irritating and I could not imagine not having known you for 37 years. It still isn’t true in my mind but in time I will miss you and the creating that we all endured together. We certainly disagreed constantly and I believe (and hope) we all learned from each other. Should I call you my brother, friend or neighbor? I can only call you Peter (and usually after 2 PM). We laughed at ourselves more times then I can count. Knowing humans are preposterous creatures and I know we reveled in that fact. I will miss you in time, but at this moment your premature departure seems surreal and has pissed me off to no end. Though I never told you that I harbor a deep respect for you, I do. Goodbye my friend.”
Kenny Hickey: “Peter Steele was one of the most brilliant and funny personalities in music and it was all for real. Half the time people thought he was joking, but he was actually telling the truth. Part of me died with him.”
Johnny Kelly: “It’s impossible for me to put into a few sentences what I am feeling at the moment Peter. I’m not sure if I should eulogize or roast you. Both good and bad, we went on one hell of a ride together and sadly, the ride has come to an end. You truly were a unique person. Your music touched many people. Myself included. Whether it was talking about The Beatles, power tools, how Pluto was no longer considered a planet or calling me at 3am asking me to drive to your house to have a fistfight with you, you always kept it interesting. It was a privilege to have been your bandmate. It’s something that I will always cherish.”
From his family;
In a statement issued today by Steele`s family: “Legendary Goth/Heavy Metal musician Peter Steele died suddenly Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after a short illness at the age of 48. He wrote and orchestrated the music for the Brooklyn-based band Type O Negative, a groundbreaking group known for its dramatic lyrical emphasis on the themes of romance, depression, and death. Steele, renowned as much for his striking physical appearance as his musical talent, was the creative force behind the bands 20-year success writing most of the material for the their albums. Type O Negative and Steele have been lauded as a major influence by numerous alternative and metal bands. The band gained a worldwide following through touring and recording seven studio albums, two best-of compilations, concert DVDs and music videos. Their 1993 album “Bloody Kisses” went platinum, and the 1996 follow-up “October Rust” went gold.
The music world has lost a great talent, and music fans worldwide are mourning, but for our family we are mourning a beloved brother, uncle, cousin, friend and funny man. Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends and family. Survived by five sisters, the eldest living sister notes that he was more than our brother, he was our son. His untimely death is tragic – a great loss to us and to music. The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results, and funeral plans at present remain unknown. The family thanks fans for their loyalty to Peter and band members, but request that fans and media respect their wishes for privacy.
In addition to his success in music, Peter Steele also tried his hand at acting, appearing in HBO`s Oz and the cult classic film Bad Acid. He also composed music for the film soundtracks “Freddy vs. Jason” and “Mortal Combat”, the television movie “Nosferatu: The First Vampire”, and the soon-to-be released “Living the American Nightmare.”
My original exposure to Type O Negative was around 1997, when I picked up on the excellent October Rust when it made the #1 spot on Terrorizer Magazine’s Albums Of The Year 1996. From this point onwards I started tracking down the earlier stuff, and was not disappointed with what I discovered. I also picked up the excellent video, After Dark, that they released in 1998.
Here is a couple of promo videos from Bloody Kisses:
And a live rendition of My Girlfriends Girlfriend.
Hail to thee Mr Steele, Vinnland awaits!!!
Scream With Me is the first single released off the new self-titled Mudvayne album. The album was released on December 21st 2009, the same date that the video premiered. Although, the single had already been released to radio on November 17th 2009. Check out the video for the Scream with Me single on YouTube.