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Fourtheye Best Albums of 2017 Poll

Time flies very quickly these days, so much so that I forgot to create a Fourtheye Best Albums of 2017 poll a little earlier.  Well, without further ado: here it is!

Here’s a list of stuff I’ve enjoyed so far this year, in case you’re stuck for ideas:

  • Sepultura – Machine Messiah
  • Code Orange – Forever
  • Uniform – Wake In Fright
  • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin
  • Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  • Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes
  • Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now
  • Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy
  • Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  • Dead Kelly – Australian Made
  • Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora
  • Mindsnare – Unholy Rush
  • Pallbearer – Heartless
  • Steel Panther – Lower the Bar
  • Body Count – Bloodlust
  • Havok – Conformicide
  • STNNNG – Veterans of Pleasure
  • The Black Angels – Death Song
  • Terror – The Walls Will Fall
  • Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness
  • He Is Legend – few
  • At The Drive-In – in*ter a*li*a
  • John Frum – A Stirring in the Noos
  • Hiboux – Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up
  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Warriors
  • Beast Modulus – Being
  • Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment
  • Bison – You Are Not The Ocean, You Are The Patient
  • 88 Finger Louie – Thank You for Being a Friend
  • Decapitated – Anticult
  • Dead Cross – Dead Cross
  • Justice for the Damned – Dragged Through the Dirt
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast
  • The Contortionist – Clairvoyant
  • Death From Above 1979 – Outrage! Is Now
  • Living Colour – Shade
  • Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
  • Motherslug – The Electric Dunes of Titan
  • Primus – The Desaturating Seven
  • Metz – Strange Peace
  • Unsane – Sterilize
  • Daniele Luppi – MILANO
  • The Body & Full of Hell – Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
  • Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger of Fate
  • Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death
  • Dyscarnate – With All Their Might
  • Mutoid Man – War Moans
  • The Haunted – Strength In Numbers
  • Glassjaw – Material Control
  • Laibach – ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA
  • Circle – Terminal
  • Full of Hell – Trumpeting Escstacy
  • Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  • Godflesh – Post Self

Feel free to make some suggestions in the comment section below, or in the thread in the Fourtheye Forum.

 

Another Danny Carey update on new Tool album

There’s another update from Danny Carey in regards to the new Tool album floating around, and this is courtesy of Drum Magazine:

“It’s gonna be really good,” he said. “We’re really excited about it. We’re getting really close, too. We’re probably going to write the rest of this year and then start tracking early in the new year. So, it’ll be out some time in 2018.”

Good news it seems, and would suggest that Maynard is underway with his part of the songwriting process.  Of course Maynard is well known for hosing down the other members of Tool in regards to progress, so lets take with a pinch of salt for now.

The rest of the interview is interesting, and probably skipped over by many.  Danny talks about Legend of the Seagullmen as well as a new kit that Sonor are working with him on.

Tom Morello on new Tool album + Northern Invasion

Tom Morello has reported on Instagram recently that he’s had a chance to check out the work in progress on the new Tool album:

Sounds like the body of evidence pointing to a new Tool album is growing.  The when is still very much a question, but I don’t have any doubts this will happen, and hopefully soon.

In other Tool news, they’ve confirmed a second festival slot, this time as part of the Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.  They will play the Sunday night on May 13th  with Alice In Chains. A Perfect Circle taking part on Saturday.  Tickets are a fair bit cheaper than Rock on the Range, though in my opinion the lineup much weaker.

Festivals not your thing?  Hold fire and wait and see if there are a few Tool tour dates – I’d be surprised if there weren’t more added over the coming weeks.

Danny talks Legend of the Seagullmen with MetalSucks, drops Tool update

On a recent MetalSucks podcast, in which they speak with Jimmy Hayward and Danny Carey, the pair discuss all things regarding Legend of Seagull, and intriguingly how it ties in with future Tool plans.  It’s an interesting interview, though the audio is pretty poor, so hard to follow at times.

The take I’m sure that most of you are interested in, is where Danny talks about Tool’s future plans, going so far as to promise Tool will have something out in 2018:

Justin made us feel like Tool would have a new album out in 2018. On a scale of 1-10, how much did Justin lie to us?

Danny Carey: “He did not lie to you. On scale of how much he lied, it would be zero. It’ll be out. It’ll be out in 2018.”

So Danny is pretty convinced, and he reinforced this in a chat with Loudwire (where you can also hear the new Seagull track Shipswreck) as well:

“Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing – I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. [What time of year it will be out] I can’t tell you.”

Should we get excited yet?  Probably not. Maynard hasn’t seem to hosed down the idea “yet”, but I don’t really think we’ll see anything released until late 2018 at best.  Even then it’s hard to get too excited for something that has been in the works for so long.  Danny is speaking quite positively, so it’s easy to assume that there are solid plans to record early in 2018.

Personally though, until we hear confirmation that Tool are recording, the lid will remain firmly on for me.

Tool to headline Rock on the Range 2018

Tool have been announced as one of the headline acts of the Rock On The Range festival, held in May 18-20 in Columbus, OH.  The join such luminaries as Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin.  If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing, also on the lineup are much better (but lesser know acts) Quicksand, Baroness, Code Orange and Power Trip.

Oh, and A Perfect Circle are also playing, presumably not on the same day as Tool.

According to the press kit ‘We have one of the only shows from Tool in 2018’ which suggests to me that we’ll see another few shows, I’d guess in the week or so leading up to the festival.  I have no insight into the scope of the tour, but I’d guess it’ll be a short one.

Tickets are on sale now for the whole weekend.  Single day tickets don’t seem to be available at the moment, but I imagine if it doesn’t sell out will do so closer to the event.

Weekly Update 21-Nov-2017

Long time no news!  Updating weekly appears to be a weak point of mine, but here’s the latest and greatest.  Highlights include:

  • Justin’s Goblin Master bit at Primus shows
  • Daily Grail discuss the importance of Occult Rock
  • A Perfect Circle release video for The Doomed
  • Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!
  • Albums of the last few weeks: Godflesh, Converge, Polaris, Merchant

Oh and in case you missed it, Adam said Tool have re-recorded Opiate.  We all knew this already though right?  I think it was recorded back in 2015 when the guys from Motorhead filmed Tool in the studio.

Justin as the Goblin Master

We all know that Justin featured on the new Primus album as the Goblin Master, but you may not know that Justin also plays this part in their live shows, albeit in video form.  For your enjoyment:

Occult Rock: The Influence of Magick in Modern Rock

Magic with a K is of great importance, and this article from the Daily Grail goes into a bit of history being the occult in modern rock.  It’s got quite a bit on Tool, so worth a read.  It’s got some good photos of the talismanic boards often present at Tool shows.

A Perfect Circle released The Doomed video

Here it is!

Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!

Blair says that Newsletters are still being written, and hopefully one day published!

Q: What happened to the Tool newsletters?  

A: Having first made sure that all of the archived newsletters were recovered during the transfer (initially I had some doubt), I have been checking on the progress of getting them posted ever since.  Recently, the earliest ones (going back to 2000) began to appear on the back end – at which time I was informed that the delay in getting the rest of them up is due to the developers having to import and edit all them manually as a result of the code that our old webmaster used.  Soon (again, according to the folks at Full Screen Direct) they will be displayed and archived in a separate section.  Once this is done, I will also add the newer ones that I have been writing (every month) but not posting until there is a dedicated area. Thank you for your patience.

Albums of the last few weeks!

  • Aussie doom band Merchant put out a stellar release last week.  If Yob is your thing, check this out!
  • Godflesh are a favorite of mine, and have a new album out this week called Post Self.  It’s not bad and worth a listen…
  • Converge are one of the best modern punk bands around, especially if you’re in the the heavier subgenres.  The Dusk In Us is another great addition to their discography.
  • Another Aussie band, this time Polaris put out a good if somewhat forumlaic progressive metal album called The Mortal Coil.

A Perfect Circle announce UK dates

A Perfect Circle have announced a couple of shows in the UK – one in Manchester on the 12th of June, and another in London on the 13th.  i think it’d be a safe assumption that we’ll see more European dates, I expect some of which will be festivals.  Here’s the poster:

Speaking of festivals – word is the Download Festival is coming to Australia in March next year.  Given that APC seem to be pretty actively touring, it’d come as no surprise to me to see them Down Under around that time.  Stay tuned!

Billy talks about the coming Perfect Circle album

In a new interview Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle talks about progress on their next album.  For those who want the tl;dr version: writing is pretty much done, and they are using Dave Sardy to produce it:

How is that process affecting work on the new recording?

It’s great to be able to sit back and have someone at the helm driving the computer. It frees me up to ask for things I’d like to see happen. There’s an ego thing in play at the beginning that says, ‘Yeah I wanna do everything myself.’ Sometimes it’s faster to do it yourself and having someone else’s opinion sort of derails that something you have in mind … and you feel you can’t get there quick enough. But it eventually will come to be, anyway. You’ll get there because, ultimately, it’s cool letting someone else have some input and letting go. Then it becomes a collaborative process. Our producer, Dave Sardy is very strong-headed; he has strong opinions. It’s great to work with someone who has made a lot of records, who has seen a lot of records being made. There’s a meeting of the minds there. It’s all interesting and exhausting, a wonderful endeavor.

Legend of the Seagullmen debut with Primus

The Legend of the Seagullmen, a band featuring Danny Carey, as well as Brent Hinds from Mastodon will play it’s debut show at the Primus NYE Party in San Francisco later this year.  Going by social media posts recently it sounds like they’ve been recording as well, so expect some news on an album sometime eventually.

Primus will return to the Fox Theater in Oakland for a Goblin New Years on Sunday, December 31st, 2017. Joining Primus for their debut performance will be special guest Legend of the Seagullmen featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Danny Carey of Tool.

There’s a presale for this on the 19th of October, then public sale on the 20th.  It’s a popular event, so expect it to sell out.

Listen to The Doomed by A Perfect Circle

As expected A Perfect Circle have dropped their new single today entitled The Doomed.  You can listen to it via the Youtube clip below.

Personally, I think it’s alright – certainly the best thing they’ve released since Thirteenth Step.  Will be interesting to see how the rest of the album sounds.  Certainly has a couple of Puscifer-like moments, which is not entirely unexpected, but it chugs along nicely.

What do you guys think?

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