Just saw the lineup for Coachella 2013, and noticed in the fine print that Puscifer were on the lineup. Other highlights include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, How To Destroy Angels, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Lee Scratch Perry, Descendants and Trash Talk.
John Ziegler from Volto! posted the recent Incitare review from Rhythm Magazine on his Facebook page today. He commented that while the specific released date was to be announced, it should be mid March. Hopefully this turns out to be true! Here’s the review:
Gene sent me a link to a new interview with Maynard this morning, where he talks about mainly Puscifer, as well as the state of the recording industry:
“The illusion is gone,” Keenan says. “There’s no longer blank checkbooks. I remember playing a show ages ago, where Helmet got offered a [record deal worth a] million dollars. Oh, my God! A million dollars. Of course, all that did was make every other band with ego throw its dicks on the table and say, ‘Well, I want a million five.’ ‘Well, I want two million; I’m more popular.’ There was never any rhyme or reason to what those numbers ended up translating to at the end of the day. If you go back and track what somebody actually paid for something, it’s not nearly as dialed-in as, say, a video-game corporation saying, ‘No, we’re going to sell exactly this many units of this game.’ It was never that calculated. The people running [the business] weren’t qualified to run it.”
It’s an interesting article and well worth reading. As the title suggests though, there is no Tool update, though I’m sure none of you expect one from Maynard at this stage…
There’s also a short teaser video courtesy of Livewire of Puscifer rehearsing for upcoming tours:
It turns out that last night was the 12 month anniversary of me starting subscriptions for Fourtheye, a move that has been very successful and comfortably supports the sites financial needs. Some of you subscribed for a 12 month period, and may have noticed that you have been billed for another 12 months (in the case of Gold Subscribers that amount would be $50).
Subscription is supposed to be a positive move for both myself and subscribers, so if this renewal has caught you by surprise, and you really don’t want to subscribe for another 12 months, feel free to contact me and I will process a refund. There is no penalty to either you or myself for doing this. There are a bunch of you who’s renewals are due sometime in the next few weeks, so if you’re not sure you want to continue subscribing, now is the time to check your Paypal account.
Of course I’d love to have you all continuing to subscribe, however have no issues with those who feel they have contributed enough.
Danny is featured in an interview for the UK drum magazine Rhythm in the February 2013 issue, and he discusses a range of topics including that status of Tool’s new album. Here’s the meat of the article I expect most of you are interested in:
What stage are you at in the writing process for the new Tool album?
We have six or seven really good frameworks that we’re working on. We’re over half way in my opinion. The first tune is always hard to get polished off. It seems like on every record we have this big, epic thing like ‘Rosetta’, ‘Wings for Marie’ or ‘Lateralus’. That’s the one we’re focusing on now. Once we knock out that, the other songs fall into place around it. We’re right on the fringe of knocking that big one out. We’re all excited and it seems to have progressed really well.
Also discussed are a range of other topics, which I’ll outline below:
Discusses the creative process in Tool. Basically Adam, Justin and Danny write most of the music, and then Maynard comes in to add his parts. At this point Maynard and Danny start working on the emotion and dynamics of the music, while Adam and Justin polish the harmonics and rhythm. Implication to me is that they haven’t reached the stage where Maynard is involved yet, as Danny pointed out he’s busy with APC. Danny prefers having Maynard in as early as possible.
Volto! recorded with Joe Baressi in Danny’s rehearsal space. Every track was one take recorded onto tape. They hope to release it early 2013. New album seems to be called Incitaire, features tracks Grip It, Gillz and Drumbreaux. Reviewer gave it a 4/5
Danny has played on some Collide tracks for their new album.
Has a side preoject with cEvin Key from Skinny Puppy and John Frusciante in the pipeline.
Also has some demos from Richard Barbieri from Porcupine Tree, so presumably may be recording with him.
He also discusses a range of drum related topics, but you’ll have to buy the magazine for the finer details.
Seems as though Maynard is a fan of guns, presumably a requirement in the outlaw and vermin infested Arizona, however his silenced rifle seems a little excessive. Here’s a video of his shooting stuff that ziggy23 shared in the forums earlier today:
It’s Adam’s birthday in this part of the world, and as is tradition I shall post a Youtube video that contains some of his best work. The album 10,000 Days was pretty strong in regards to Adam’s guitar work, and while it’s easy to highlight Jambi as a defining solo, I actually think the solos in the 10,000 Days (Wings Part 2) track are the best on the album. Maynard may object, but here’s a decent recording of it live:
As noted overnight by GoListen2LennyWhite on Reddit, Adam seems to have recently posted a pic on Instagram which may or may not hint towards a video for The Pot. Here’s the photo:
The photo includes the tags #whyseeagel and #hottep, the latter which is speculated to be an anagram for The Pot. Anyone got any thoughts on the first one? Wordsmith.org returns 426 possible results, including my favorite “Wash Eye Gel”.
Over 150 votes were collected for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2012 poll and I’m happy to present the results and a little analysis. Initially I planned to make this a top 10, however voting was so close outside of the top 5, I decided to extend the list to 21.
Deftones were the clear winner, with over a third of the lists submitted containing their album Koi No Yokan.
Meshuggah‘s Koloss also polled strongly, which will surprise very few Tool fans. It wasn’t always so clear cut though – for much of the duration of the poll it was neck and neck with the next two albums, but sprinted away in the last couple of weeks.
It was no surprise to me to see Soundgarden coming in at position 3, however it was tied for that position with Noctourniquet by The Mars Volta – and album I thought was good, but not good enough to poll so highly. 90s throwbacks the Smashing Pumpkins also polled higher than I expected.
I was a little surprised and happy to see The Swans polling so highly – an excellent record but one that I consider is outside of the usual listening catalog of most readers.
Only one Aussie band made the top ranks – Tame Impala. Personally I thought the album was a pile of shit, but what do I know! Thankfully Fourtheye Readers weren’t so bad as to have voted Mumford & Sons into the list.
Enough of that, here’s the list:
1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
2. Meshuggah - Koloss
3. Soundgarden - King Animal
3. The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
4. Gojira - L’Enfant Savage
4. Swans - The Seer
5. Baroness - Yellow & Green
6. Rush - Clockwork Angels
7. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
8. Between the Buried and Me – Parallax 2: The Future Sequence
8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend
8. Jack White – Blunderbuss
8. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
8. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
9. Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman
9. Sigur Ros – Valtari
9. Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
10. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
10. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
10. The Melvins Lite – Freak Puke
Thank you to everyone that voted, and I will be publishing a full list of votes for every album that was nominated more than once in the forums shortly.