Our paranoid Federal Government recently provided schools with “Radicalisation Awareness Kits” which advised of a possible (and rather tenuous) link between the “alternative music scene” and violent extremism as well as ideological violence.
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It’s this time of year when the Soundwave rumour mill slowly begins to circulate; whispers and guesses which then ripple through the music community and music blogs.
Corey Taylor has been making metal headlines recently by calling out all sorts of shit during interviews. His first shot was aimed at Kanye West where he said something a long the lines of, if you need to call yourself the world’s greatest rock star (kinda like how Kanye refers to himself as) then you’re not the world’s greatest rock star. Seems fair enough. In a different (radio) interview, Corey then suggested Axl Rose stop being a “douchebag” by making Guns N Roses fans wait for up to three hours for the band to appear on stage. Again, seems fair enough.
Music For Nations is back! The once trustworthy brand associated with black and death metal disappeared from the record store shelves some time ago, so strap yourselves in because soon that large Music For Nations (MFN) logo running up the spine of a CD should also hopefully be back.
The very first issue from the very first volume of Metal Music Studies is available now. The website states “Metal Music Studies is the journal for the International Society for Metal Music Studies”. When capitals begin almost every word in a sentence you know you’re looking at something important.
Somehow, it seems, the mainstream metal press is suddenly obsessed with Papa Roach. The latest thing I read was that vocalist Jacoby Shaddix is going to launch a clothing line called Lovers Are Lunatics. He has been quoted as saying the style will be “real basic” – and if you read about fashion, you’ll know that the term “basic” pretty much means “shit”. Yep, much like Papa Roach’s music, the associated fashion is going to be “real shit”.
In case you missed it, the third round of Soundwave 2015 bands was announced and included the likes of King Parrot, Exodus and Steel Panther. Also included on that line-up is The Smashing Pumpkins. That’s right, that very same band who wrote ‘1979’, which gets played on Gold 104 (I think), that very same band who’s fronted by a vocalist who whinges and whines over the rest of the band’s super simple, super boring instrument practice sessions they call music.