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Weekly Update 16-Oct-2017

We skipped a week, but that’s how I roll sometimes.  We had some exciting APC news the other day, but nothing else really worth noting.  This week I have a couple of little things:

  • ToolArchive’s Live DVD
  • Danny on zZyzx Society’s Organasm
  • Albums of the week: William Patrick Corgan, Citizen, Dale Crover

ToolArchive’s Live DVD 2017

ToolArchive from Youtube has once again compiled a range of clips from the last Tool tour earlier this year and made a homemade Live DVD of sorts.  It’s a cool effort, so check it out.  In particular take note of Tool’s performance of Eulogy – a rare treat, which is accompanied by some clever work with the lighting and video rig.

Danny Carey on zZyzx Society’s Organasm

The zZyzx Society have a teaser of a new track called Organasm which features Danny Carey:

This is short excerpt from Organasm, also part of the upcoming zZyzx Society CD. This section was largely composed by Thighpaulsadnra and includes timbres by him, Danny Carey, Jill Fraser and Peter Grenader.

Specifically: Thigh P is doing most of the massive build at the beginning with the octave doubled shimmering triad by PG, some of the single drum beatsm the white noise based timbres, the misc muted albeit abrupt bang timbres and the beautiful two part (low then high register) Carlos-esque desending lines toward the end. Tool drummer Danny Carey and I did the “bang” after the first build (Gamalan gong and electronics) with DC filing in with other misc drum flams, the kettle drum rolls and the panning tape delayed electronic talking drum gesture in the second half. Peter Grenader is most of the metallic bell tree timbres, the very-digital sounding panning whooshes and the ‘ahhhhhh’ pedaltones. There is a lot more from Thigh P and Danny in the minutes after this clip.

Check out the track here.

For those unaware, Peter Grenader is the guy responsible for Danny’s large synth he takes out on tour.

Albums of the Week:

Not a great collection of new stuff this week – been low on listening time.  Send me some listening suggestions for next week!

William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala

First up is the new album by Billy Corgan (or William Patrick Corgan as this album is credited).  It’s not the bombastic style Smashing Pumpkins album you might expect.  This Rick Rubin produced album is pretty stripped back and acoustic, and I didn’t mind it.

Citizen – As You Please

Citizen have a new album out called As You Please.  These guys put out a sombre brand of rock, which for some reason remind me a bit of Failure.  Check it out…

Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger of Fate

Not really new, but the Dale Crover album was better than the last Melvins one, so it demands your time.  Give in to it…

Weekly Update 4-Oct-2017

Slightly late update this week, but I’ve been busy!  In this weeks edition:

  • Justin the Goblin Master
  • Maynard – The Work of Art Part 3
  • Albums of the Week: Chelsea Wolfe, Propagandhi, Dalek & Primus

Justin the Goblin Master

Justin Chancellor features on the new Primus album The Desaturating Seven as the Goblin Master, which I believe you can hear on the first track The Valley.

Maynard – The Art of Work Part 3

The third part of the Art of Work videos featuring Maynard James Keenan is on the Revolver website.  Check it out!

Albums of the Week

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Not quite as good as the last one, but this doom album is not like many others you’ve heard

Propagandhi – Victory Lap

These guys are one of the best punk bands going around and have been a favorite of mine for many years.  This album is probably some way off their best, but still worth a listen if political punk is your thing

Dälek- Endangered Philosophies

Dälek supported Tool in the dim dark past, and have put out another album full of noisy, industrial sounding rap.

Primus – The Desaturing Seven

Primus go full prog on an album that is similar in vein to the last Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one.  It’s a much better effort, though feels quite short.

Weekly Update 18-Sept-2017

Only the second edition of this weekly update thing, and already I feel like I have bugger all to write about.  Strap yourselves in for a bunch of somewhat vaguely relevant “Tool” news!

In this weeks edition:

  • Aenima turns 21
  • Tool + Taylor Swift Mashup
  • Signed “Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters” DVD Documentary
  • New music I’ve enjoyed this week!

Aenima turns 21

Moreso than Undertow, I think Aenima should be considered Tool’s breakthrough album, as it signaled to the world the direction this band would take in years to come.  It was released back on September 17 in 1996, and given that I became a Tool fan not long after it’s release, I guess 21st anniversary of Tool fandom is coming up as well.

No real fanfare from the band, no collectors edition re-issue (though Danny did hint a little while back that their old albums are going to be remastered/issued).  If you’re lucky enough to own it on vinyl, give it a spin for me.

Tool + Taylor Swift Mashup

Look what you made me do:

Signed “Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters” DVD Documentary

A guy called OD emailed me today, telling me he had the opportunity to catch up with artist Chet Zar recently.  He says that the really liked Chet Zar’s DVD I Like To Paint Monsters and we should all go out and buy a copy.  It includes his relationship with Adam Jones and involvement with Tool and also his involvement with the “Hellboy” movies amongst other topics.  I’m yet to check it out, but it’s always been on my list to do so.  You can get signed copies for $25, so sounds like a good deal!

Music

The last few weeks have been good for music, here’s a few albums I’ve enjoyed, that perhaps you might too.  Have a recommendation?  Let me know!

  • 90s rock band Living Colour have a new album out called Shade – it’s great worth a listen!
  • Mastodon will be putting out an EP soon called Cold Dark Place.  You can check out the first track off it called Toe to Toes here.  Speaking of Mastodon, I think Emperor of Sand is one of my favorite albums from this year.
  • Aussie prog metal band Mish put out a great album earlier this year called Entheogen.  Check it out

  • Primus released the next song off their forthcoming album called The Scheme.  I really enjoyed this, as well as the first track.  Album is shaping up to be an excellent one!

That’s all for this week.  If you have anything to share, let me know!

Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

You guys have had your turn at selecting a top 10, and after much procrastination it’s time for me to reveal mine.  Over the weekend I might also add the best of the rest – a list of albums that gather lots of votes, but not quite enough for the top 10 or I think you may have missed in general.

I present this list from 1 to 10 in some order of preference.  My opinion on albums changes sometimes on a daily basis, and while it’s safe to assume I like album #1 more than #10, there are others that have a position that may be somewhat interchangeable.

Gojira – Magma

To many the latest Gojira album was a bit of a step down from their earlier work.  While I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement, I feel like this is a really strong album, which is a testament to how fucking great some of their earlier work is!  With some great and unique sounding tracks – no one writes riffs or sounds quite like Gojira.

Every Time I Die – Low Teens

“Metalcore, urghhh” – I hear some of you moan! It’s true that some if it is quite shit, but Every Time I Die are one of the best examples of the genre. It’s got some great songwriting, relentless energy and just fucking rocks. Get behind it!

Red Fang – Only Ghosts

Only Ghosts was released during a period this year stuffed with albums.  It seemed like months passed with not much being released, and then BAM! a bunch of great bands all released albums in a short period of time.  One of these was Red Fang‘s album, which I actually think is one of their best and more mature works.  Surprisingly it get very few votes in the readers top 10!

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

A long time between albums for these guys, and We got it from Here was well worth the wait!  It’s got plenty of great rhymes, excellent sampling and beats and is accompanies by a range of interesting guests.

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah threw away the amp modelling software for this album, and to me have come back with one of their more organic and compelling releasing since Nothing.  While not pushing the limits of their songwriting chops on this album, I found this album to be more cohesive and consistent that their somewhat more diverse last two releases.

Sex Prisoner – Tannhauser Gate

It wouldn’t be a top 10 of mine without at least on grindcore or power violence album, and Sex Prisoner‘s Tannhauser Gate is the best of 2016. 20 minutes of grindy bliss!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

I’m more of a fan of Nick Cave‘s more energetic work (think Grinderman and 90s Bad Seeds) however this album while mellow, is heavily laden with enough emotion that I found it an enticing listen.

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

When I first heard this album, it was a bit “meh, this is ok” and didn’t really expect it to come close to making my top 10.  Much like the last Queens of the Stone Age album (which is relevant as the album is co-written by Josh Homme) it’s a grower, with most tracks offering something for the attentive listener.  I think the final track Paraguay would be close to my favorite track of 2016.

Wrong – Wrong

I’m a really big fan of early Helmet, and clearly Wrong are as well.  In fact several of the tracks on this album sound like borderline plagiarism based on their similarity to tracks from the seminal Strap It On and Meantime albums.  But fuck it – I really enjoyed their tribute of sorts, and is a great listen unlike most recent Helmet albums (though to be fair I enjoyed Dead to the World)

Meek Is Murder – Was

Meek Is Murder are a relatively recent addition to my library.  I was impression with the brand of hardcore on their last EP, and their latest album Was is just as good.  The album is full of energy, great riffs and is done in about 20 minutes.  As all good (non-Tool) albums should be!

Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016

The votes have been counted for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016, and without further ado I present you the list!

1. Deftones – Gore

The Deftones are a firm favorite with Tool fans and typically perform very well in Fourtheye polls.  This time around they have claimed the number 1 spot with the excellent Gore.  Probably one of their more mellow releases, this album gives us a diverse range of sounds from these nu-metal stalwarts.

2. Gojira – Magma

Interesting to see French Metal band Gojira at number 2.  Speaking anecdotally with fans suggested this album was a little disappointing, though it appears to have made the top 10 list of many readers none the less – a testament to their increasing popularity, or possibly a sign that 2016 was a weak one for records?

3 Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah are another favorite of Tool fans and it’s no real surprise to see them in this years top 10.  In fact I think The Violent Sleep of Reason is one of their best since Nothing.

4 Russian Circles – Guidance

Instrumental Rock is pretty popular with Tool fans, and former touring buddies Russian Circles are at the top of their game.  While I didn’t think Guidance was quite up to the standard of Memorial, it was still a very solid and atmospheric record.

5. Opeth – Sorceress

Swedish Prog Rock outfit Opeth have put out another 70s themed album along the lines of their last one, and it seems to be pretty well received by Fourtheye readers.  I guess the lack of death growls isn’t a big deal after all?

6. David Bowie – Blackstar

Released days before David Bowie passed away, his strong musical legacy was left intact by a powerful final album.

7. The Swans – The Glowing Man

I can’t say I was a fan of this album, but the Swans remain and popular choice among Fourtheye readers.

8. Cult of Luna & Julia Christmas – Mariner

I actually haven’t listened to this album yet, so it was a bit of a surprise to me that it made the top 10.  I like Cult of Luna so really should have a listen, especially since many of you hold it in high esteem!

9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

The highly anticipated new album from Radiohead came out early in 2016, and seemed to get some mixed reviews.  Despite that, it easily made the top 10 which shows how much Tool fans enjoy their music.

10. Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger Escape Plan announced their latest album Dissociation earlier this year, and also announced that the band would be calling it quits (though some think it might be a hiatus).

So there we have it – maybe not a whole load of surprises in that top 10, but they are a range of excellent albums.  Stay tuned as over the next couple of days I’ll post my top 10!

 

Fourtheye Readers Poll: Best Albums of 2016

Time has come for our annual Fourtheye readers poll to determine the best albums of 2016.  The same rules as the last few years apply:

  • You can vote for up to 10 albums.  Feel free to vote for less than 10
  • Each vote is worth one point.  The order you enter the albums has no relevance
  • You can only vote for an album once
  • The album must have been released in 2016
  • It must be a studio album – re-issues, live albums, best of collections and such are ineligible.  EPs are ok though!

The poll will close on New Years Eve, with the final results available not long after.  Feel free to post your lists below, or come discuss it in the forum.  I know I personally get a lot out of reading peoples lists, and typically go and listen to many of your non-nu-metal related suggestions.

Fourtheye server move

I’m sure many of you have noticed that Fourtheye has been down the last few days, and also down far too often in the last few months.  Well, enough was enough, and the decision was made to shift the server to a more reliable location, and here we are!

Fingers crossed we won’t see any more downtime in the near future, from either Fourtheye or Tool!

While I’m talking about Fourtheye, let me advertise our Slack channel. Slack is a chat service, which seems to be pretty popular at the moment.  Functionally it’s a bit like a cross between an IRC chat room, and an instant messaging service. A month or so ago I decided to create a Slack chat room, and encourage members of the forum to join. The experiment was somewhat successful, but we’re always keen for more to join us. The catch is you need to be invited via an email address, which then becomes visible to other members of the chat. If you’re like to join us for our often irreverent talks about Tool, music and cat videos, feel free to contact me with an email address you’d like me to invite. If privacy is an issue for you, feel free to register a temporary email to get access – once you’re invited you only need the email address for password recovery.

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Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 results

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 poll! This year it is a genuine Top 10 as there were no ties to deal with. The winner probably won’t surprise anyone, but there are a few surprises further down in the list.

Thanks to all of those who contributed – I counted 644 unique votes this time around, and a list of all albums with two or more votes can be found in the forum. For those interested in my top 10 – stay tuned, as I’ll probably get around to posting it tomorrow!

Let’s get into it, starting with the most popular album for 2015…

1. Puscifer – Money $hot

Well, I doubt this will come as a real shock to many, as Puscifer, like them or not are fronted by the singer of the band we’re all here to talk about. Money $hot had double the number of votes than the album in the number 2 position. I considered making it ineligible for the poll, but decided against it, since in my opinion at least it is a decent album, though one I don’t think will make my top 10. Those who would rather see this rule out, could perhaps take some solace in the fact that Steven Wilson’s album would have finished tenth had I done so.

Puscifer - Money Shot

2. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Comeback albums have been popular of late, and this year we heard a couple of rippers. The best of which would appear to be Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus. Released independently on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, the band seem to be a model of how bands should go about reforming after a lengthy break. And they still kick arse live as well!

Faith No More - Sol Invictus

3. Failure – The Heart is a Monster

Also on the comeback trail are California Alt-Rock band Failure. Seemingly more popular now than they were back in the 90s, they released the album The Heart is a Monster which sits right up with the best in their back catalog.

Failure - The Heart is a Monster

4. Ghost – Meliora

Ghost have dropped the BC from their name, and changed their singer, but their scary rock styling still remain a hit with Fourtheye readers. Personally I can’t say I’m a fan at all, but it least they aren’t Slipknot!

Ghost - Meliora

5. Elder – Lore

Elder are a band that have come out of no where for many, and have released on of the best prog/stoner/doom metal albums in years. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, then make sure you do!

6. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Deafheaven seem to be a divisive band these days – some people love them. Others blame them for all the misdeeds hipsters have bestowed upon the world. Personally, I think they’re pretty good, and New Bermuda is almost certainly better than Sunbather.

7. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things

Intronaut are a favorite of Tool fans, especially since Justin has appeared with them on several occasions. The Direction of Last Things is one of their best and heaviest works yet, and well worth a spot on any top 10.

Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things

8. Baroness – Purple

After a horrific bus accident, it’s inspiring to see a band rebuild themselves, crowd fund their own album, and then blow away their fans with some great music.

Baroness - Purple

9. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe‘s haunting voice, combined with a doomy brand of acoustic rock have made this a favorite on the Fourtheye forums for a while now. It’s great to see it earn a spot on our top 10 list!

10. Bjork – Vulnicura

An elder stateswoman of the alternative scene released another standout album in 2015. Bjork’s albums are never boring and almost always worth a listen, as you’re likely to hear something you’ve never heard before…

Bjork - Vulnicura

Best Albums of 2015 poll closing soon!

Just a reminder to you all that the Fourtheye Best Albums of 2015 poll will be closing soon! Head on over the my original post, fill out the form, and then stay tuned for the result sometime after New Years. We have over 100 votes at this point in time, so lets see if we can get a few more!

Fourtheye Subscriber Xmas 2015 giveaway winners!

I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant holiday, and were able to drink as many beers or worship as many Gods as required over the time period. Here at Fourtheye I like to celebrate by giving away shit, and moments ago I drew out a few random names for out subscriber giveaway! The winners are somewhat fitting in that one is a new subscriber, having joined us in the last month, while the other is one who has been a subscriber here at Fourtheye since I started up the whole scam. Anyway, on with the prize giving!

First prize, which is a Tool shirt from the recent Monster Mash show goes to Mabus669.

Second prize – the autographed copy of Puscifer’s Money Shot goes to Sid Barnes.

i will attempt to contact both of you via email, however if you don’t hear from me then feel free to get in touch!

Authographed Money Shot by Puscifer

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