Archive for October, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Lower Definition

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Genre: Screamo, Rock, Ghettotech
Sounds like: Atreyu, Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive
Current Album: Moths
Myspace: myspace.com/lowerdefinition
Official Site: lowerdefinition.com/

Lower Definition is a screamo rock band that has been featured on the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour and the Vans Warped Tour in the past year. They are currently unsigned. Lower Definition has a diverse aggressive sound with crashing guitar riffs, rugged vocals and screams. They’re a hot new band that sounds great!

by: The Color Fred

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: Emanuel Cottonmouth

In 1999 Intel cybercasts the 13th annual Bridge School Benefit concert. The show features performances by the Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson, among others.

Ocala is calling and you know it’s haunting

lyrics from Miserable At Best by Mayday Parade
Today’s Daily Dose was created by: Anthony Montalbano 2007

What is a Daily Dose?

Story of The Year has signed to Epitaph. The band’s highly anticipated Epitaph debut is scheduled for spring 2008. The band’s Epitaph debut will be further highlighted by a reunion of sorts, as original producer John Feldmann returns to the helm on a number of songs. In addition, the band will spend time with Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Escape the Fate), completing the record on the Virginian coast.

“From my first time seeing Story of the Year light up the stage of the tiny Troubadour club like a torch, to soon thereafter seeing them light up every TV screen across America, I always regretted that I hadn’t come across them just a little sooner and perhaps have had the chance to sign them,” says Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz. “All I can say is I’m finally redeemed! This is a very big deal for Epitaph.”

Universal Republic band Godsmack will release their widely anticipated Greatest Hits album, Good Times Bad Times?.Ten Years of Godsmack on December 4. The 16-track collection is loaded with career defining milestones and seminal Godsmack classics. Among the groundbreaking songs included are the band’s clarion call “Whatever,” their breakthrough 1 rock mainstream smash “Awake,” “I Stand Alone” (2002’s most played rock radio song of the year), “Speak,” (the 1 rock cut from their 2006 album Godsmack IV), and a rare, bristling Godsmack cover of Led Zeppelin’s classic 1969 debut single “Good Times, Bad Times.”

Considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands of the modern era, the Boston based group stormed on to the music scene in 1998 with their masterful self-titled debut album, and have never looked back. The only rock band to have scored 13 Top 10 hits in the Active Rock format, their most recent album, Godsmack IV, became another platinum-plus trailblazer for the formidable foursome, debuting at 1 on the Billboard Top albums chart (their 2nd 1 debut following 2003’s Faceless) and harking back to the thunderous arc of multiplatinum masterpieces like their 5 million selling breakthrough debut album and 2000’s Awake, as well as the more subtle flexing heard on their 2004 acoustic EP The Otherside.

Fronted by charismatic and uncompromising singer/songwriter Sully Erna, 2008 will mark the tenth anniversary of Godsmack’s self-titled debut album; in honor of that occasion, Good Times Bad Times?.Ten Years of Godsmack encapsulates some of their most captivating and enduring hits. In the past decade, the unflinching Godsmack has enjoyed an incredible run, selling more than 12 million albums – highlighted by scores of sold-out international concerts, stages shared with legends, a remarkable 16 hit singles, 4 platinum records, 1 gold EP and three Grammy nominations.

Known for their fierce touring regimen, Godsmack also established one of the most memorable live arsenals in rock, having been regulars at past Ozzfests, appeared at Woodstock ’99, toured with Metallica, and headlined their own arena juggernauts throughout the world.

Godmack’s releases include Godsmack (1998), Awake (2000), Faceless (2003), The Scorpion King soundtrack (2002), Otherside EP (2004), and Godsmack IV (2006).

Track Listing:
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Whatever
3. Keep Away
4. Voodoo
5. Bad Religion
6. Awake
7. Greed
8. I Stand Alone
9. Straight Out Of Line
10. Serenity
11. Realign
12. Running Blind
13. Touch?
14. Speak
15. Shine Down
16. The Enemy

Incubus will be releasing a new live DVD entitled Look Alive. The DVD will be included in a CD/DVD package. Here is the set list for the DVD:
1. “Rogues”
2. “Quicksand”
3. “A Kiss To Send Us Off”
4. “Anna Molly”
5. “Redefine”
6. “Pistola”
7. “Love Hurts”
8. “Paper Shoes”
9. “Megalomaniac”
10. “Nebula”
11. “Earth To Bella Part 1”
12. “Sick Sad Little World”
13. “Oil and Water”
14. “Dig”
15. “Punch Drunk”
16. “Aqueous Transmission”
17. “Look Alive”

Behind the scenes footage and other video will also be included on the CD/DVD.
Look Alive will be released on November 27th.

Fall Out Boy will be releasing a limited edition version of Infinity On High on November 20th.

Track Listing
1. Thriller
2. The Take Over, The Breaks Over
3. This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
4. I’m Like A Lawyer With The Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me and You)
5. Hum Hallelujah
6. Golden
7. Thanks fr th Mmrs
8. Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am?
9. The (After) Life of the Party
10. The Carpal Tunnel of Love
11. Bang the Doldrums
12. Fame < Infamy 13. You're Crashing, But You're No Wave 14. I've Got All This Ringing In My Ears and None On My Fingers 15. GINASFS (Bonus Track) 16. It's Hard To Say "I Do", When I Don't (Bonus Track) 17. Dance Dance (Live) 18. Arms Race (Live) 19. Thriller (Live) Ahh these re-releases are killing me, maybe I should just download the album until they re-release it so that I can get the full album without buying the album twice, WTF?!


Ozzfest alums Black Tide
will release their major label debut, Light From Above,
on Interscope Records in February 2008. Before you can hear the
record, you can catch the heavy hitting, heart pounding,
explosive metal sound of Black Tide as the band heads out
on tour with Avenged Sevenfold.
 
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Hey guys, this is Anthony Montalbano and Anthony Danko (A squared, as we’re so called) with RedPillMusic.com. We both have followed Drowning Pool for quite some time and are privileged to have spent time to ask the following questions with Ryan McCombs of Drowning Pool. Here is the interview:

Drowning Pool has gone through many emotional and management changes through the years, how has it been working the guys and with Eleven Seven Music?

Working with the guys; Mike, CJ and Stevie has been great. We were friends for so long before I joined the band that it has been a very natural change, personnel wise. Emotionally speaking VERY few bands have gone down the road these guys have so it’s very even keeled out on the road and off of it. We’ve all been there done that so it takes a lot to get us fluster-fuct. Eleven Seven Music has been a breath of fresh air. It’s nice to have so much input on our music and everything that goes into producing an album. They work with the band not around them. Something very rare in this business.

In ‘Full Circle’, lyrically and musically it is a big step for Drowning Pool, I know Soldiers is dedicated to the U.S. army, but what are some of your other influences for your songs?

Previous DP albums as well as my previous work have always been made up of reality I think, personal experiences. So keeping that in mind not much has changed. I really don’t like discussing exact topics of songs because I like the listener to pull from the song what it means to them. Those are the songs that spoke to me as a listen back in the day.

Drowning Pool did a classic Billy Idol cover song to end the album, what made you pick that song to cover? Were there any other cover songs you had in mind?

Was just a fun track to jam. We didn’t even run through it till we were in the studio recording for the album. We started jamming it and thought it was a good way to close an album that can come across serious.

There’s nothing quite like a live concert, we believe that the live performance of a band has a huge impact on the band as a whole. What is your favorite thing about playing your own music live?

Fans giving us the time of day to do what we do. That?s the ONE thing every band has in common. We owe the fans EVERYTHING. I never leave the stage without letting the people out there spending the night with us know that the music starts with them and the music ends with them.

The recent single Enemy was directed to your former band mates in Soil. Why did you decide to write a song directed to them and how’s your relationship with them?

When I left the band I sighted family reasons as the sole reason for my leaving. I “TOOK THE HIGH ROAD” as the songs states. I didn’t sling any crap or spit any personal bile at anyone in the band that I had issues with yet certain members of the band tried everything they could to hurt my family and myself. They trashed me to fans, friends. They even attacked my family and I to people withen the business. The funniest thing about it though was that their grade school antics just showed everyone why I left and the type of people they really were. When i quit I got so many emails from people we had dealings with saying that they knew all the BS wasn’t me and that if I ever needed anything to just call.
So “ENEMY” is just a reminder that I tried to do things the right way and a bit of a middle finger as well. To this day I really feel sorry for a couple of the guys that they still have deal with the world that a couple of them has created around them.

The music video for Enemy is animated and it’s Gorillaz-esque. Why did you guys decide upon an animated music video and what message, if any did you have in mind with the video?

I hate the video so I’m really not the one to ask.

Drowning Pool had the privilege with working with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba. How was it working with them and is the song Reason I’m Alive directed towards anyone or anything specifically?

It was a killer experience working with DJ and Nikki. I would suggest anyone that would get the chance to work with them at FUNNY FARM STUDIOS to do so. Was relaxed and just awesome. I think we all had different things in mind as we bounce lyrics off one another.

Drowning Pool has been very active with your fight to support the troops. The band has also helped launch thisisforthesoldiers.org as well as titling your headlining tour the same, how has the campaign been and do you feel like you’re making progress?

I really think we are making progress on the matter. We encourage everyone to take a second out of their day log onto thisisforthesoldiers.org and check out what you can do to help take care of our troops when they return home.

People really don’t realize the emotional trauma our troops go through over there, what are some direct messages or stories you would like to say that will open up people’s eyes up, making them realize the full effect and truth behind what is “really” going on?

Impossible to answer that question without writing a book. EVERYONE should go over and see with their own eyes the work being done there. The media back here is such BS. CNN is a total joke PERIOD!!!!!!!!

We believe music, in general, is one of the most powerful mediums for sharing thoughts and feelings. It’s as much as a motivator as it is a form of mood. What are some songs that you feel have had an impact on your life and how?

Aeosmith’s “DREAM ON” has been one of my favorite songs since I was a kid. Says it all.

Overall, the success of Full Circle has been growing, we here at RedPillMusic.com personally love the album and believe it is a very powerful and mature album from Drowning Pool, very different from previous material. One last question from us, if you could personally talk to anyone in history, who would it be and what would you ask them?

EVERY COCKSUCKER THAT HAS EVER WORKED ON CAPITAL HILL. I WOULD ASK THEM WHY NONE OF THEM SEEM TO REMEMBER WHO THEY WORK FOR. AND REMIND THEM THE LOBBIEST ARN’T THE PEOPLE.

We thank Ryan McCombs for taking his time with RedPillMusic.com and wish Drowning Pool the best in their fight for U.S. soldiers and their latest release. If you haven’t already, get out to your local record store and pick up Drowning Pool’s latest release Full Circle or click here to order it now! At the very least go visit thisisforthesoldiers.org

Finch plans on reuniting this Thanksgiving playing their first show on November 23rd at the Glasshouse in Pomona, Califorinia. The band split back in February 2006 on the note that “individual priorities lie in different places.” No updates have been released on any new recordings, or other concert dates, but this is great to see these guys back together. Finch’s 2002, What It Is To Burn is a signature, classic album that any punk rocker should own, hands down. I’m interested to see where they go from here.

In light of the Halloween season, I thought it was only appropriate to update you on the status of Dee Snider’s Van Helsing’s Curse. In 2004, Van Helsing’s Curse released a monumental, frightening, and intense dark album, Occulus Infernum. The album is a Trans-Siberian Orchestra-esque Halloween album, but dark, very dark. After their debut album Van Helsing’s Curse did a few tours promoting Occulus Infernum. Many have inquired on the status of a new tour or new album. Well here it is from Dee Snider himself, an update on Van Helsing’s Curse:

My Dear Tortured Souls,

So many of you have been inquiring as to the touring status of Van Helsing?s Curse for 2007, that I felt it necessary to post this letter.

Sadly, VHC will not be performing live this year. We have the opportunity to begin work on our second CD and feel we must take this time to start what will surely be a massive undertaking. Following up ?Occulus Infernum? will not be an easy task.

I know many of you will be greatly disappointed that VHC will not be playing out this year but, if you?re not aware, ?Occulus Infernum? has been reissued on the ?Fangoria Musick? label with the original Alan Clark artwork and two new tracks: John Carpenter?s ?Halloween? and ?Cry Little Sister? from ?The Lost Boys? soundtrack (with yours truly on lead vocals). It makes the perfect ?pumpkin stuffer? this Halloween.

From everyone involved in Van Helsing?s Curse, our sincere apologies for disappointing you this year…we?ll make it up to you in 2008.

Carpe Noctem!
Dee Snider – Widowmaker Productions

Jamie’s Elsewhere has recently signed with Victory Records. They recently released their debut EP earlier this year, Goodbye Rocket Man, St. George Is Under Fire.