Southern Californian hard-rock legends Fu Manchu released their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. Their record is their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.
You want the neck brace now or later? Because after listening to Fu Manchu’s 12th album, “Clone of the Universe” you’re gonna need one. Fuzzed out guitar riff after fuzzed out guitar riff, actually audible bass guitar, and vocals that fit the sound perfectly, you can actually smell the weed smoke billowing up from the crowd. The album’s opener “Intelligent Worship” kicks things off and let’s everybody know that this band has pretty much perfected the stoner rock sound.
This album really has something for everyone, “Don’t Panic”, the albums 3rd track has a much faster tempo to it, while the song “Nowhere Left To Hide” slows it down a bit to let you exhale that 4th bong hit. The albums closer “II Mostro Atomico” which translates to The Atomic Monster, clocks in at 18 minutes long. Yeah I know. An 18 minute song! Fuck that. I thought the same thing. But this song is absolutely killer! This is a musical direction Fu Manchu has not really explored before. This song really showcases Fu Manchu’s ability to really go outside their comfort zone and try something different. Plus it has a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson of Rush.
So with “Clone of the Universe” Fu Manchu has released an epic slab of stoner rock that really embodies everything that Fu Manchu has in their musical arsenal. The production is phenomenal, every instrument can be heard and appreciated. Nothing is buried in this record and it just comes across crystal clear.
So what do we have here? Well, we have a musical odyssey brought to us by a band in Fu Manchu that have really perfected their sound through the years. 12 albums in and they still sound as good and fresh as that Oz. of green bud you bought the other day. So i recommend going out and getting this album, kick yourself in the ass for not listening to Fu Manchu, and get on that dirty smelly tour van and enjoy the motherfucking ride.
Author: John Adams
In the video below Kyle Pfeiffer of Blacklite District talks origins of the band name, touring with Flaw and playing The Whiskey in Los Angeles, Minecraft animated video collaboration, what they would like to be remembered for and more with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV.
Blacklite District follows no rules. With sounds of everything from electronic, EDM and hip hop, to hard rock and alternative, the band truly stands out from the pack of what has becomes today’s generic sounding “Active Rock”. Formed in 2012 by Kyle Pfeiffer and Roman James, ages 12 and 11 respectively, the band grew organically in their local music scene through the years to come. In 2011, BLD was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Paul McCartney, Queen), which resulted in a 10 day recording session at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, just outside of Mexico in Tonillo, TX. The group re-located to Los Angeles and played some of the most famous venues in the world for the remainder of 2011.
On February 24, famed radio DJ Lou Brutus posted the bands video for “Cold As Ice”, which was released the same day. The song scored a whopping 350,000 streams in its first week alone, and as of May 2017, has over 3.5 million combined views on YouTube. “Cold As Ice” serves as the second single from Instant Gratification. In the summer of 2017, “Cold As Ice” was added to Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist, and was put into rotation on SiriusXM’s alternative channel Faction. In October, “Cold As Ice” was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, and it’s Minecraft music video has over 10 million views on YouTube. There are about 4 videos about a Herobrine invasion with zombies and “nether watchers” and how the main character, a player in a blue suit, survives. There are 4 songs in total in the order of The Struggle, Cold as Ice, We are the Danger (possibly not from Blacklite District), and Just so you Know.
Blacklite District released their third album Instant Gratification on September 22, going Top 10 on Amazon’s Top Electronic Albums chart.
In the video below Mark Rizzo of Soulfly talks about his soon to be released solo album on Combat Records, boxing, learning other bands riffs and more with Iron Serbian @ Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada 02/25/18.
SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY guitarist Marc Rizzo has set the release date for his new LP ROTATION, in stores March 30th via Combat Records/EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED in North America, and COMBAT/SPVin Europe. ROTATION is the 4th solo release for Rizzo, following 2004’s COLOSSAL MYOPIA, 2006’s THE ULTIMATE DEVOTION (both released by legendary shred label SHRAPNEL), and the independently released 2010 LP LEGIONNAIRE.
Produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Hatebreed, Soulfly, Rob Zombie, Chimaira), and featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Escape The Fate), ROTATION is a blistering showcase of Rizzo’s pummeling eclectic diversity, showcased on album tracks including “Spectral Intensities”, “Thrash Boogie”, and title track “Rotation”, combining Rizzo’s penchant for pummeling, low-end riffs, with thrash-intensive leads and heavy latin flavor.
Today, MINISTRY releases a surreal and provocative new music video for the track ‘Twilight Zone’ from the band’s upcoming album, AmeriKKKant, due out March 9 (Nuclear Blast). Building upon the themes of the song, the ‘Twilight Zone’ video takes the viewer on a macabre excursion through the current U.S. news media climate of misinformation, corporate propaganda and hypocritical slander.
“We are in completely uncharted territory now,” said MINISTRY’s Al Jourgensen, “witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. Our government is under attack. Our planet is under attack. It’s time for a major reboot.”
The video was filmed last December just outside of Los Angeles and features MINISTRY guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, Tony Campos (FEAR FACTORY, STATIC X) on bass, keyboardist John Bechdel (KILLING JOKE, FEAR FACTORY), live scratcher DJ Swamp (BECK, THE CRYSTAL METHOD), and Derek Abrams on drums. Guest appearances are made by Gray Wolf, President of American Indian Movement (AIM), the internationally renowned and idiosyncratic Lord of the Cello, and an army of MINISTRY supporters who participated in the band’s PledgeMusic AmeriKKKant pre-order campaign.
The ‘Twilight Zone’ video was produced by Chris Roth and Steve Roth for The Other House production company, the same group that produced Jourgensen’s previous music video, ‘I’m Invisible’ for his 2016 SURGICAL METH MACHINE release. Chris Roth also directed the ‘Twilight Zone’ video with Steve Roth as Director of Photography and editor. The Other House has produced a wide array of broadcast design projects for Revolt TV, Nike’s Kobe 8 System, MTV, Aol.RISE, the Syfy Network, VH-1, CNN, PBS, “The Profit” on CNBC, the 2017 Emmy Awards and many more.
Said Chris Roth, “I’m a life-long fan of the band and very politically active. Not only was this an opportunity to collaborate creatively once again with the one and only Al Jourgensen, but also an outlet for much of my pent up aggression and frustration regarding the current state of politics in our country.”
Southern California death metal veterans Gravehill are set to return with their fourth album (first since 2014’s Death Curse) The Unchaste, the Wicked, & the Profane.
The album sees Corpse relinquishing the bass to take over on vocals, replacing long-time Gravehill growler Abominator. In addition to the switch on vocals, the band welcomes back former guitarist Bodybag Bob (ex-Exhumed) into the fold but this time he’s on bass with Eldehelm taking over on guitar. The changes result in the band’s best and most focused album to date. On The Unchaste, the Wicked, & the Profane Gravehill continues with their “no gimmicks” brand of death metal with promises only to lay waste to your speakers. Album artwork by Mark Riddick.
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
THORGRIMM – I’d have both my older Sister and her former Husband to thank for that. Dave (ex-bro in-law) is a Hard Rock/Metal Fan and he has had a huge admiration for Black Sabbath, Van Halen, AC/DC, Rush and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Especially drummers and especially Peart and Bonham. His taste made a lasting impression on me.
Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so, did you sing in the choir or participate in some other ways?
THORGRIMM – My family was never religious or religious minded. My Mother has always had a need for theology but didn’t find her brand of choice till I was a teenager. At that point I was a “devout” Atheist. In fact I remember questioning theology when I was 6, and learning what Atheism was from childhood friends and their family not long after.
What was the local scene like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
THORGRIMM – Growing up in SoCal, most gigs were in Los Angeles. Orange County and The Inland Empire (where I grew up) sucked. I always look back at that time with so much awe. Everything was new, had a future, was so small yet growing. In the mid to late 80s was my high school era, so locally my favorites were HELLRAZOR, DISASTER AREA, SADISTIC INTENT, RECIPIENTS OF DEATH, BLIND ASSASSIN, DEAD & BLOATED, and SINISTER FIEND. By the time the 90s rolled around and I myself had a band (MORGION) their were so so many great bands… MINDROT, PHOBIA, CARCINOGEN, EXCRUCIATING TERROR, NAUSEA, DYSTOPIA, CATALEPSY, ENTETY, RISE, etc…
The new album “The Unchaste, The Profane & The Wicked” comes out on Dark Descent Records in March, can you describe the album title, the relationship with Dark Descent Records and their input into Gravehill music and product? Were any bonus track recorded for other markets?
THORGRIMM – The title and the cover are self explanatory. We wanted to highlight the base of human debauchery. In my opinion, it’s as vile as we could think of. Mark Riddick of course is a genius artist worth noting. DARK DESCENT provides no input, we provide them with our vision and they spread it to the masses. We provided no additional music this time. Just what is released in this outing.
How has the songwriting and recording process changed from Deathcurse? Does everyone write their own parts? Where did you record the new album? Do you write specifically for an album within a time frame or collect riffs and ideas over time?
THORGRIMM – A lot changed on this album for us. We had a major line-up change. 2 major players on the last album left. CC & Abominator. I took the reigns and had a specific set of ideas on structure and riffs. Both Eldehelm (guitars) and Hell Messiah (guitars) churned out riffs until I got what I was looking for structure wise. We also had input from Bodybag (bass) as well as a song he and I wrote together in 2012′ “The Unchaste”. Corpse handled the majority of the lyrics. An old friend of mine had pro-tools and he also wrote some riffs for “The Wicked” which he and I wrote together. We used his pro-tools set up to demo and work/rework the songs till the band was happy with them. This actually cut the writing time in half, we had 90% of the album conceived in 6 months.
What brought about the split with long time vocalist Mike Abominator? You have another Exhumed member Bodybag Bob returning to Gravehill, how did this come about? Have you heard Death Revenge yet, do you think it’s Exhumed’s best work yet?
THORGRIMM – Abominator wanted to pursue what became the band RUIN. In my opinion, I think both our visions changed as well as our priorities. I really feel we are both happier in our current pursuits, but we’ll always be friends and support each others music. There was no animosity or ill-will. As far as Bodybag, he was a free agent, we wanted him back on guitar but he wanted to play bass, so Jason relinquished bass to him to concentrate on just vocals. It really wasn’t a thought out or planned option. Square Peg – Square Hole. I have heard EXHUMED’s “DEATH REVENGE”. It sounds more focused than their past albums, a very strong album imo. It’s great to hear Ross again and point in fact, I like having Bob back in GRAVEHILL. So yeah, thanks Harv!
Which song or songs on the new album are your favorites? Was the amazing artwork created specifically for the title of the new album?
THORGRIMM – My favorite track(s) are THE PROFANE and SABBATIC WHORE. Yes, the cover was specifically designed with the title, absolutely.
How familiar are you with Impiety and Divine Eve who you will be touring with in April? What can expect from Gravehill on this upcoming tour?
THORGRIMM – We toured with IMPIETY in 2011′, so am very familiar with them. In my opinion they are very pro, very easy to get along with, great band. My history with DIVINE EVE goes back to the early 90’s. I’ve been a fan/friend since I heard the “THE LAST OF THE SUNSET FADED” demo. In fact, in 1995 I played drums on what would of been the DE debut album. The band had a falling out, so Xan (guitars/vocals) enlisted me and we recorded the CRIMSON RELIC – PURGATORY’S REIGN album for Radiation Records (Nuclear Blast). All these years later DARK DESCENT is re-releasing this album and as fate would have it, DIVINE EVE recruited me to be their live drummer, so I will be playing drums for both GRAVEHILL & DIVINE EVE. So a reunion of sorts? You can expect all three bands to deliver the goods, quite literally.
If you were to do a covers album, which artists and songs would you cover?
THORGRIMM – (Forced upon GRAVEHILL to play list…)
VENOM – Cry Wolf
JUDAS PRIEST – Jawbreaker
ROSE TATTOO – All the Lessons
RAINBOW – Stargazer
SLAYER – Die By The sword
WHITESNAKE – Love Ain’t No Stranger
FASTWAY – Trick or Treat
SCORPIONS – Animal Magnetism
CELTIC FROST – Cherry Orchards
MOTORHEAD – No Class
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
THORGRIMM – Funeral Song – “Death Will Be My Bride” by BRENDAN PERRY – Album “Eye of the Hunter”
3 Albums –
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM – The Nephilim
VENOM – Black Metal
LED ZEPPELIN – III
In the video below Municipal Waste perform @ Den Of Sin in Sacramento, California 02/24/18 with Isotope, Solanum & Demon Hammer.
Adult Swim presents Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular tour began last week at Neumos in Seattle, WA. The 13-city metal tour is in support of the new season of Adult Swim’s animated series, Mr. Pickles. Veteran thrashers Exodus and comparatively newer thrashers Municipal Waste will join the tour dates. To get tickets and schedule, please visit Adult Swim Presents.
Along with enjoying face melting guitar riffs, fans attending the Thrash-tacular Metal Tour can take photos in the Mr. Pickles hellacious dog house, purchase exclusive Mr. Pickles merchandise and receive free Adult Swim swag. The tour continues Adult Swim’s commitment to bringing vibrant and impactful experiences directly to its fans.
Equipped with crushing sound that will implode both your soul and skull, speed metal masters MUNICIPAL WASTE released their highly anticipated sixth album, Slime And Punishment, last June via Nuclear Blast. . The album secured the band its highest first week sales as well as landed on several Billboard charts.
Reamaning dates for Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular featuring Exodus and Municipal Waste are:
2/25/2018 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
2/26/2018 House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
2/27/2018 House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA
3/01/2018 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
3/02/2018 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/04/2018 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/06/2018 Rock & Roll Hotel DC – Washington, D.C.
3/07/2018 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/08/2018 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/09/2018 The National – Richmond, VA
3/10/2018 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
MUNICIPAL WASTE are also playing the following headlining shows:
2/24/2018 Den Of Sin – Sacramento, CA
3/03/2018 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE