Whether or not the new Bonde Do Role album is actually called, as Pitchfork will report sometime this week, BONDE DO ROLE WITH LASERS, we can tell you that the anticipation on this thing is beginning to get hyper. Their holdover EP full of "Gasolina" remixes is barely out and people are flipping. Above and below: some examples of what to expect.
In general, we think Mastodon going to the Grammys is pretty hot shit. For sucks, though, is that a conflict in schedule means the Converge/Mastodon show scheduled for Lupo's in Providence on February 11 is cancelled. For sucks, that is, if you live in Providence. If you live in Boston, somewhat better news: Converge have booked a replacement gig at the Cambridge Elks Lodge on February 11 with Doomriders (yes, this means a two-a-day gig for Converge bassist Nate Newton).
How To Play Gay-tar: CLOUDS show off their manly fingerings.
Zozobra's Caleb Scofield: silent but deadly.
Is Cave-In dead? Well . . . maybe. More after the jump, including exclusive new mp3s from guitarist Adam McGrath's new band Clouds and bassist Caleb Scofield's new band Zozobra.
This week Jeff Breeze -- you know him from WMBR's legendary local-music show Pipeline! -- surveys guitarists Brodsky and McGrath, and while neither will say "it's over," they're certainly not making any noises about getting back together anytime soon.
Let us now praise ugly music -- the type of heavy metal that summons the image of screaming, mud-clotted, matted-haired troglodytes pillaging Cro-Mag villages, outfitted in nothing but loincloths and warpaint and Marshall stacks. From Allston, filthy and flailing, come MOTHERBOAR, who hark back to the glory days of Boston sludge, when Scissorfight, Slughog, and Roadsaw brought stone-age thrash back from the grave.
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Longtime friend John Brien, founder of Important Records up Newburyport way, sent us some music the other day that he wanted us to hear.
The Sean-era White Zombie was pretty great, especially up until and right after MTV caught on. They still hadn't completely shook off the gravedust of the downtown art scene -- Rob Zombie hadn't graduated to real props yet, just Pee Wee's Playhouse-sized cartoon cutouts -- and, um, La Sexorcisto was pretty monstrous. The Manson video is top-5 dead or alive -- crunk + goth turned out to be pretty prescient, and the song is way better than the Rihanna version.
Quick, before Google takes them down: it's the first annual (and maybe the last) OTD Halloween video countdown. We're posting two a day through October 31. Suggestions welcome in the comments. Today: Slayer and Elvira circa 1988; Wu-Tang/Prince Paul horror-rap collabo circa early-'90s:
WATCH: Slayer, "South of Heaven" (via YouTube)
DOWNLOAD: Diecast, "Fadeaway" (mp3)
For their new Internal Revolution (Century Media), Diecast upgraded their rhythm section and came out singing -- not to mention swinging. Their latest stylistic makeover moves them several rungs up the Mass-metal depth chart, retooling standard-issue hardcore with Eurometal's sleek, precision-calibrated dueling guitars and thrash-pop sing-a-longs where frontman Paul Stoddard sounds more Jeckyl than Hyde.
Alex Onslought, pictured with cash money
Return to the Pit Benefit ExtravaganzaOctober 18 at O'Brien'sPhotos courtesty of . . . who else?
We ourselves have been known to make use of the services of Return to the Pit, especially when we need photos of anything metal-related. Judging by the photographic evidence, Aaron and Carina have consumed more metal than any people we know.
The Red Chord
The Acacia Strain
Rock N Shock Day 2With Gwar, the Red Chord, about a dozen other bands, and a shitload of horror movie geeksOctober 14 At the Palladium and the DCU Center, WorcesterPhotos courtesy Return to the Pit. See more here.
DOWNLOAD: Converge, No Heroes album preview (mp3)
On Converge's No Heroes (Epitaph, October 24), their one-word titles -- "Heartache," "Sacrifice," "Vengeance" -- spell out hardcore's secular jihad: time-bomb youth junked on rage and betrayal, accelerating toward death and glory, hurling themselves at infinity.
It wasn't enough that Robby Roadsteamer stole the show (not to mention a trophy) at the Boston Music Awards last week . . . now everyone's favorite mock-mookmetal superstar has got actual-mookmetal superstar Corey Taylor of Slipknot singing his tune. Click below for the clip where the masked marvel sings a few bars of the rhino-hearted one's "I Put a Baby In You."
DOWNLOAD: Isis, "Dulcinea" (mp3)
Unlike all previous iterations of art-metal doctrine, Isis’s prizes meditative, Slint-like brooding over Melvins-grade menace -- but clocks both while ghostriding the expressway to yr skull. As shown on their retrospective DVD Clearing the Eye, they began their journey as understudies in the Neurosis school of thermonuclear drone, but found their calling when they cut their engines and drifted off into the quieter, watery deep.