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Fourtheye Readers Best Album of 2018 Poll

It’s December once more, and that time of year usually elicits Best of Lists from websites far and wide.  Fourtheye is no different, except we do it collectively, and them publish at the end of the year rather than rush it out early (I’m not willing to rule out the new Graf Orlock album from my list just because it’s not released yet).

Rules are simple:

  • Must be an album or EP released in 2018.
  • Must be some kind of studio recording – no live albums, greatest hits or other compilations.
  • Each vote is worth one point, order doesn’t matter.
  • Don’t bother voting for an album more than once.  This is the equivalent of drawing a dick and balls on your ballot.

I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions, in particular the ones that aren’t Slipknot or Korn.  Want some ideas?  Head over to the forum!

Support Fourtheye artist Frank Heiler

Hopefully many of you will remember the artwork inspired by Tool and Fourtheye that as created by American artist Frank Heiler.  I’ve attached a copy of the artwork to this post in case you forgot!  It seems that he has come across some hard times at the moment, due to a fire in his home studio.

Hey everyone, please share this if you can, 2 days ago, late at night, lightning struck our house, it shattered a window and caught the roof on fire. Everyone inside rushed out and we’re all safe.

But my friend Gianna and I had everything we owned up on the top floor, and it all burned. I managed to save my wallet and the clothes on my back, I saved maybe 4 paintings that are pretty damaged. Everything else is gone, 50-60 originals either burned or were soaked with water and ash, all of my belongings are gone, my computer that I use to run my art business online, my supplies, clothes, it’s completely destroyed. Same for my friend.

I basically lost 6+ years of creative work that can never be replaced.

If you’d like to help us out, it would be immensely appreciated and would make a big difference for us. I started a Go Fund Me here, the proceeds will be going to both of us to help us recover some of what was lost. Thank you for your support.

You can visit his GoFundMe page at this link.  Please consider throwing a few dollars Frank’s way – every little bit helps!

Weekly Update 4-June-2018

Been a couple of weeks since our last update. with the Tool world mostly quiet since the recent festival dates and clinics.  Here’s a few little bits & pieces you might find interesting though:

  • The making of Justin’s Warwick Bass
  • Stream Yob’s “Our Raw Heart”
  • A Perfect Circle continue across Europe
  • The Pieces Fit – Tool’s Cult of Meaning
  • Albums of the week: Baptists, TesseracT, Null Apostle, High Priestess, Wax Chattels

The making of Justin’s Warwick Bass

There’s a new video from Warwick, which gives some visual insight into how his custom bass was create.  No, it’s not a Wal.  No, Justin is not about to give up playing his Wal.

Stream Yob’s “Our Raw Heart”

Yob are a doom metal band quite popular with Tool and their fanbase, and later this week they have a new album out called Our Raw Heart.  It’s currently streaming on NPR, so check it out!

A Perfect Circle continue across Europe

A Perfect Circle are partway through the European leg of their Eat The Elephant tour.  There are still plenty more chances to see them until the end of this month.  I was lucky enough to catch a pro-shot show from the Rock Am Ring Festival, and the band sounds great (it’s out there for those interested, though not on Youtube).

Some of you who went for the box set of Eat the Elephant would have enjoyed the little hologram widget thing they released with it.  For those curious, a 2D version of this clip for TalkTalk is now on Youtube:

The Pieces Fit – Tool’s Cult of Meaning

Trevor Quirk from The Point has written an interesting essay on Tool entitled the Cult of Meaning.  Those of you interested in some deeper meanings behind Tool might be interested in taking a look

Albums of the week

Baptists are a hardcore punk band out of Vancouver, Canada.  They put out a great new album just a couple of weeks ago called Beacon of Faith:

Djent!  Metalcore! Out of place capital letters!  I can hear the groans now!  Despite that, TesseracT have headed doing a more progressive path of late, and it’s one I enjoy.  Their new album Sonder is a great listen.

One of the best and heaviest albums I’ve heard this year comes from a crew from New Zealand called Null Apostle.  Their album Bridge Burner has everything you need to scratch that death/grindcore itch…

I love a good doom/stoner album, and High Priestess have released one that’s as good any this year.  Killer riffs and grooves – this album is worth a listen

Second band from New Zealand this time around, this time on a slightly different noise scale to Null ApostleWax Chattels do a cool brand of post-punk, and their recent self titled album is one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed!

Weekly Update 14-May-2018

Another quick weekly update for the Fourtheye faithful!  If you’re one of those lucky enough to go to a Tool show/clinic in the next week and want to avoid spoilers, you should stop reading!

In this weeks edition:

  • Billy & Maynard Wig shopping
  • Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics
  • New music- Wrong, Skinless, Rivers of Nihil, Sleep

Billy & Maynard Wig shopping

Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle have filmed a short, somewhat funny video for Revolver where they joke around in a wig shop.  It’s not really champagne comedy, but worth a watch.

Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics

There’s a bunch of posts on Reddit which goes into detail what happened at the recent Tool Music Clinics.  For the most part they sound like a cross between the standard Tool VIP experience, and an intimate instrumental only show.  There’s a pretty cool Mega Thread happening on Reddit which covers and range of questions asked at the first clinic.  Some interesting snippets of info!

At the Northern Invasion Tool show last night, the setlist was more or less the same as we’ve seen the last few years, with a nice addition of Sober.  No doubt a range of videos will pop up on Youtube over the coming days.  Adi Granov provided the artwork for the show.  I’d wager that the show next weekend will have the same artwork

Here’s a few links worth checking out:

New music worth checking out!

  • Do you like Helmet? Wrong sound a lot like an old, angry version of that band, and their albums strays very close to out right copying them at times. They have a new album called Feel Great, and great it is!

  • Skinless are a pretty hard hitting death metal band.  Brutal even.  Their latest album Savagery is a great listen for fans of the genre

  • Also in the Death Metal genre are Rivers of Nihil, though they have a bit more of a prog metal thing going.  Their latest Where Owls Know My Name is well worth a listen!

  • Stoner metal legends Sleep surprised us with an album about the same time as A Perfect Circle released theirs.  You can stream The Sciences here.

Weekly Update 12-April-2018

Time for another not so weekly update!  In this issue:

  • Mike Patton talks Tool
  • Legend of the Seagullmen gig
  • Tom Morello comments on Tool album again (in Italian)
  • Off the Grid!
  • Albums worth listening too!

Mike Patton talks Tool

Faith No More singer Mike Patton is a well respected member of the music industry, and seems to be somewhat of a Tool fan according to a recent chat with Revolver:

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TOURING WITH TOOL?
Honestly, it has been great! Tool always pays us fairly and treats us very well. I admire that they do whatever they want. They don’t take orders from record labels or “industry types.” My hat is off to them.

HOW HAVE TOOL’S FANS RESPONDED TO YOUR BANDS?
Weeeeeeell. During the Fantômas run, I collected a lot of spare change from the stage after each show. I can’t complain though — if I paid $60 to see my favorite band and a bunch of noisy weirdos took the stage, I’d be violent, too!

WHAT INFLUENCE, IF ANY, HAVE TOOL HAD ON YOU AND YOUR OWN WORK?
They give me hope that not all huge bands are pompous, clueless, drug-addled morons. That, and I steal lots of fashion ideas from Maynard’s stage wear.

Legend of the Seagullmen gig

There’s a gig happening for Legend of the Seagullmen this weekend at the Roxy Theater in LA.  Brett Hinds seems to be on board this time, so if you’re in town it’ll be a good chance to check out this bands first headline set, as well as with Brett on board.  Tickets here!

Tom Morello comments on Tool album again (in Italian)

Rolling Stone Italy have an interview with Tom Morello, who talks about the new Tool music that he heard a while back.  My Italian is pretty rough, but I believe he says something along the lines of hearing all long and distinctly Tool.  Here’s a sample:

Un’ultima domanda: so che hai ascoltato il disco dei Tool. Ci fai uno spoiler? Non lo diciamo a nessuno. 
Ho sentito la versione strumentale del disco, non facciamo confusione. Maynard non aveva ancora registrato nulla. Suona alla grande, posso dire che vale la pena aspettare così tanto. I Tool sono una band che presta grandissima attenzione alla composizione, curano tutto nei minimi dettagli. Ho ascoltato 7 o 8 canzoni: sono lunghe, eleganti, brutali… sono i Tool.

Off the Grid

This one is more of a housekeeping item – I’ll be off to the Nullarbor Plains here in Australia over the next two weeks, and will be mostly off the grid.  Kittaan will be holding down the fort over that time, posting any interesting Tool news that might come up, as well as the best of recent A Perfect Circle promo work as Eat The Elephant gets released while I’m away.

Albums worth listening too!

Plenty of great new albums at the moment – here’s a few suggestions:

  • Cosmic Psycho’s – Loudmouth Soup Classic Aussie Punk rock band release one of their best albums in some time. Some of you Aussie Tool fans may remember that these guys supported Tool back on the first Lateralus tour in 2001.
  • Front End Loader – Neutral Evil Another one of my favorite Aussie rock bands, not content with aging gracefully have elected to put out another album, with a release schedule that somewhat resembles Tool.  They don’t sound like Tool though.
  • Dr Octagon – Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation Kool Keith is back with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala with what I think is a pretty cool hip hop album.
  • Earthless – Black Heaven I always thought this band was an instrumental one, but turns out they sing sometimes too, like on this album.  It’s pretty good!
  • Conjurer – Mire These guys are a great hardcore doomy style metal band from the UK.  Check it out on Bandcamp.

Weekly Update 21-March-2018

I should probably call this something other than a “Weekly” update.  Anyway, I have a few bits and pieces I haven’t posted yet, so here we are!  In this “weeks’ issue:

  • Yob announce new album
  • Legend of the Seagullmen competition
  • Matthew Santoro’s Higher Power
  • Albums you should check out!

Yob announce new album

Yob have toured with Tool a few times now, and are a favorite among many Tool fans.  Singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt has had a few medical problems of late, so it’s good to hear he’s getting over them, and working on more Yob material.  Recently they announced the next album Our Raw Heart will be out in June.

We’re excited to announce that our eighth full-length album ‘Our Raw Heart’ will be released this June 8th on Relapse Records and that we will be touring the US this summer with Bell Witch.

We’re very excited to share this new music. We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait!

Legend of the Seagullmen competition

There’s a competition over at one of my favourite sites Metal Sucks where you can create some art, and go into the running for some Seagullmen booty:

To celebrate the record’s sheer awesomeness, MetalSucks is teaming up with Legend of the Seagullmen for a fan art competition! The band wants to see YOUR fan art, in any digital medium. The five strongest five submissions will be shared on the band’s on social media accounts. Even more excitingly, one grand-prize winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Legend of the Seagullmen mega-bundle, which includes…

  • A special edition blue/white variant vinyl copy of Legend of the Seagullmen
  • A CD copy of Legend of the Seagullmen
  • Drum sticks signed by Danny Carey
  • A Seagull skull necklace
  • A t-shirt
  • A signed copy of the band’s exclusive New Years Eve concert poster

Matthew Santoro’s Higher Power

Matt Santoro is a good friend of Adam’s and has recently put out a trailer to his movie Higher Power.  It looks great!

Albums you should check out!

I’m always listening to new albums (and welcome recommendations).  Here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so:

Fourtheye Weekly Update 29-Jan-2018

It’s time for another weekly update from our irregular schedule.  I’ve skipped the last few, due to the relative frequency of Tool news lately, with both Adam and Danny indicating in recent weeks that things are happening.  I’m sure you’ve all read that before – let’s wait until they actually confirm hitting the studio before getting too excited.

Anyway, in this weeks issue:

  • Justin plays some riffs at NAMM
  • Danny plays a huge gong at NAMM
  • Justin plays on new Glaca track Oni Przyszli
  • Danny upcoming gigs
  • Albums of the last few weeks: Anvil, Chelsea Wolfe, Corrosion of Conformity

Justin plays some riffs at NAMM

NAMM is the worlds biggest music trade show (I think) where pretty much all the big time manufacturers show off their latest gizmos.  Justin Chancellor dropped into the Warwick/Framus booth, to play some sweet riffs on his custom axe.  Maybe some of these will appear on the new album?

Danny plays a huge gong at NAMM

Not to be outdone, NAMM regular Danny Carey played a massive gong in the Paiste booth.

Justin plays on new Glaca track Oni Przyszli

In other Justin news, he contributes to the track Oni Przyszli by Polish band Glaca.  I believe this band is fronted by the same guy he worked on with m.t.Void.  The vocals are somewhat of an acquired taste, to put it mildy.  Enjoy it if you can!

Danny upcoming gigs

Danny has a couple of upcoming shows at in LA.  Worth checking out if you’re in town:

  • with the Charette Group at the Baked Potato on January 31st
  • with Doug Webb at Squashed Grapes in Ventura on February 3rd

Albums of the last few weeks

It’s a slow time of year for album releases, but here’s a few things I’ve enjoyed in the last few weeks:

  • Anvil – Pounding the Pavement: Canadian heavy metal act Anvil were the subject of a popular documentary a few years back, and while their music is pretty cliched, I found their latest album to be reasonably enjoyable.
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun: Chelsea puts out an interesting twist on doom, and her albums are always sonic adventures worth checking out.
  • Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown: These guys put out some consistently good hard rock/metal albums, and this one is no exception.

Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017.  The poll didn’t get a huge amount of entries this year (partially my fault, since I didn’t push it too hard) but also a reflection of lower traffic these days on Fourtheye (I think partly to to many now consuming Tool news via various Social Media channels rather than older style websites).

Anyway, without further delay, here are the results, as well as my thoughts on these albums.

1. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Seeing this as number 1 on this list wasn’t a huge surprise for me (in fact it’ll rate quite highly on my list as well).  Mastodon are a band that inspire plenty of discussion, mostly people lamenting that they’re not as good as they used to be.  While I don’t disagree, I the band aren’t trying to be that same band that recorded Leviathan.  Emperor of Sand is the best album they’ve put out this decade, and could well be the high point of modern-era Mastodon.

2. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age are a long time favorite of Tool fans, and while I thought this album was pretty forgettable, it seems to be good enough that many of you nominated it.  QOTSA notably brought on a pop producer for this album, which added a subtle pop vibe to the album, but ultimately was let down by bland songwriting.

3. At The Drive In – In*ter*a*lia

Relationship of Command was an easy 10/10 album.  A few years back At The Drive In reformed, and as many reformed acts do wrote a new album, this time without one of their main songwriters.  The results were mixed I though, some great tracks, and a bunch of filler.

4. Code Orange – Forever

Another album that will be featuring in my top 10 – Code Orange delivered a great album full of hardcore punk with several surprising moments.  The album covers a range of punk moments, but also unexpectedly shifts into grunge, pop and even Nine Inch Nails sounding moments.

5. Pallbearer – Heartless

I’m not a huge fan of these guys, so only listened to this album once or twice.  Pallbearer seem to be pretty popular among Tool fans though, and they’ve featured in these lists several times before.

6. Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Primus delivered another concept album, this time based on a children’s book The Rainbow Goblins.  It features Justin Chancellor narrating on track 1 in case you missed it!  I really enjoyed this album, it was step in a more progressive direction, which I think suits Primus really well.  Only drawback was that it felt like a really short album.

7. Leprous – Malina

Never listened to this band before, and have it playing while I write this.  Wikipedia tells me Leprous are a Norwegian progressive metal band.  Based on what I’ve heard I’d categorise them a bit more as rock.  The album isn’t bad – if Karnivool (and the like) are your thing then you’d likely enjoy it.

8. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

The last Elder album was pretty great, and while this one didn’t quite live it to that, it’s a really solid effort from a very talented band!

9. Converge – The Dusk in Us

Converge are one of those punk bands that are considered cool enough that they are automatic inclusions into many top 10 lists.  While I really like Converge, I didn’t think this album was anything special.  If modern hardcore punk is your think though, make sure you check it out!

10. Steven Wilson – To The Bone

Well know progressive rock artist Steven Wilson is one who often rates highly among Tool fans.  I listened to this album a few times earlier this year, and it sounds almost exactly like a Steven Wilson album.  You know whether or not you’re going to enjoy this even before you listen!

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.

 

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.

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