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.
Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal. Wayne Static of Static X has passed away at age 48. At time of writing this the cause hasn’t been confirmed but the internet and his colleagues, in their public outpouring, have mentioned a drug overdose. A hurried press release some hours later stated he died in his sleep.
Five albums in, there’s honestly nothing much to say about Slipknot’s latest effort. As a follow-up to 2008’s All Hope is Gone, .5: The Gray Chapter sits quite nicely, but in the whole scheme of things, since after Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the band has toned down their maniacal, frenzied and hectic sound, tightened up their scattered and sporadic arrangements and wrapped their tracks up in nice neat little accessible packages.
According to the internet it appears the early results are in: .5: The Gray Chapter is good, apparently. For the Slipknot haters who think they should have broken up after Paul Gray passed and/or after Joey Jordison left then the above news is sad, very sad news indeed.
It’s a busy time of year, what with Xmas on its way, so why not shop for the one you love who loves metal at the all new Aussie online metal store Nerve Gas?! The kick-arse thing about Nerve Gas is they offer free shipping for orders within Oz. They also have cool bundles for sale and have partnered with the best labels from around the world, so everything you want is probably there – including vinyl!
As a part of Metal Hammer’s Discs Of Doom page, Philip Anselmo has answered the question of which album should have never seen the light of day with Metallica’s Load, and he’s been quoted as saying “It’s a terrible record”. Fans of Anselmo will probably agree with him, and almost most of the garbage that spills from his mouth, but it’s had to take someone seriously when their last solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, was one of the shittest albums of this century so far.
Another year, another opportunity to put the Soundwave line-up under the microscope – which seems pretty one-sided this time around with plenty of non-metal big names like Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low outnumbering the familiar metal drawcards such as Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.
By the time you read this all the Soundwave news might have broken. At the time of writing this, the line-up was being drip-fed on Twitter at a rate of one band per day. Is it my job to know who The Interrupters, Patent Pending, Butcher Babies and Coldrain are? Of course it is, but I’m way too old for all four of those bands.