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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?

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…

A Perfect Circle tease new single and songs on tour

We’ve had a couple of posts from the Perfect Circle social media camp the last few days, suggestion that things are in motion for new songs this tour, putting further weight behind the claims an album is in the works.

First up was a post the other day from Maynard suggesting he had some new songs to work on for the coming APC dates:

With claims of #apc2018 some on twitter asked if Tool was off the cards for next year, to which Maynard’s response was “Both?”.  Despite that, I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll see a new Tool album next year, though perhaps they might actually get to a point where they can record it.

Also released this morning as a preview of sorts on the APC Facebook page.  It’s a short silent video with the text “The Doomed” on it.  I’d hazard to guess The Doomed is the name of a new song, and perhaps we’ll see this released in the near future (possibly the 17th according to this site).

Don’t forget that A Perfect Circle are touring across North America, kicking off in about a weeks time:

Oct. 21 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
Oct. 23 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Broadmoor World Arena
Oct. 25 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Tingley Coliseum
Oct. 26 – El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
Oct. 30 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Nov. 01 – Fairfax, Va. @ EagleBank Arena
Nov. 02 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Tidal Theater at Barclays Center
Nov. 04 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
Nov. 05 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 07 – Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
Nov. 08 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
Nov. 10 – Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Center
Nov. 11 – Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
Nov. 12 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The OnCenter Arena
Nov. 14 – Montreal, Quebec @ Laval Centre
Nov. 15 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 17 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Petersen Events Center
Nov. 18 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Wolstein Center
Nov. 19 – Highland Heights, Ky. @ BB&T Arena
Nov. 21 – Detroit, Mich. @ Fox Theatre
Nov. 22 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The DeltaPlex Arena
Nov. 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ UIC Pavilion
Nov. 25 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel EnergyCenter
Nov. 28 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Nov. 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ PNE Coliseum
Dec. 01 – Seattle, Wash. @ Key Arena
Dec. 02 – Portland, Ore. @ Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 04 – Eugene, Ore. @ Matthew Knight Center

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 25-Sep-2017

Time for the weekly Fourtheye update!  A few interesting items this week, but nothing really newsworthy from Tool.  As usual let me know if there’s anything else I can include.

In this weeks edition:

  • New Danny Carey merch
  • Justin + The Crystal Method
  • The Haunted Swordsman
  • Carina Round has a baby
  • Albums of the week: King Parrot, The Contortionist, Metz and Death From Above 1979

Danny Carey Toolbox Elements shirt

Danny has a new shirt our called Toolbox Elements

DANNY’S new “TOOLBOX ELEMENTS” tee shirt is based on his custom built PLAN B (Electro-Acoustic Research) modular synthesizer – a masterwork of electronics created by Peter Grenader. The controls of the various synth modules are glimpsed while superimposed on the nine-sided geometry (NONAGON) that embellishes the purplish casing of the ToolBox performance system in polished plasma cut aluminum designed by Chas Smith. Fashioned according to Danny’s specifications, the center of the Nonagon also features “EYE OF HORUS” controls.

Justin + Crystal Method

We’re reported before that Justin has worked with the Crystal Method, and looks like one of their tracks will be featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Hired Gun.

“We Miss Cliff” featuring Justin Chancellor: Loved what Justin did for the Cliff Burton piece lot of pressure was put on Scott as we used Metallica’s “Orion” as temp music…What Scott delivered was chilling and absolutely perfect!

“Being a fan of music documentaries, I jumped at the opportunity to view an early cut of Hired Gun. Fran’s a great story teller so it didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to be a part of this project,” shares Scott Kirkland. “The scene that immediately spoke to me was Rudy Sarzo’s retelling of that tragic day in March of 1982 when the world lost Randy Rhodes. I became a kid again, staring at the family’s 20″ Magnavox TV in shock, as an awkward reporter with an MTV hat told the world he was gone. I stopped everything and started writing and from that initial demo I got the gig. This project allowed me to explore so many different genres and emotions that I found it to be so creatively stimulating. The night before the entire score was due they sent me the Cliff Burton scene. So I asked my mate Justin Chancellor to stop by after rehearsal and watch it with me because I knew he like myself and so many others worshiped Cliff. Justin is so brilliant and plays with his heart. I’m thrilled that my good friend Tobias Enhus was able to join me and couldn’t be prouder of our contribution to this awesome project.”

The Haunted Swordsman

Adam has endorsed a Kickstarter project but former Stan Winston Studio buddy Kevin McTurk called the Haunted Swordsman:

Carina Round has a baby!

Congratulations to Puscifer member Carina Round, who recently gave birth!

Here. #initnow ❤️

A post shared by Carina Round (@carinaround) on

 

Albums of the week

Death from Above 1979 – Outrage is Now!

Their debut was pretty great, the followup a bit average and their most recent pretty good – worth a listen!

King Parrot – Ugly Produce

Aussie grinders King Parrot released a great album this week, full of noisy numbers I expect none of you will enjoy

The Contortionist – Clairvoyant

Probably the most Tool like of this weeks list, these guys have a brand of progressive metal that sits well with me.  Check it out

METZ – Strange Peace

Canadian noise rock band METZ recently recorded with Steve Albini, so you can probably guess how this is going to sound.  Fucking rad for the most part.

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